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Bryan Ferry: Live in Paris

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Don't despair entirely if the Roxy Music reunion skipped over your town in the summer of 2001. There's always this DVD to watch, featuring a wildly enjoyable and often unexpected concert performance by Roxy frontman and prolific solo artist Bryan Ferry. The setting is Paris in the spring of 2000, starring Ferry and about a dozen musicians mixing the avant-garde, Tin Pan Alley, and a delirious pop mélange for the kind of passionate European audience that during the early '70s gave Roxy Music its first commercial and critical boost outside the U.K. Backed by brass, piano, percussion, the occasional guitar, and a string section comprised of beautiful Muses (you must see it to understand...), Ferry glides through a handful of Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, and Kern & Fields standards, then hits the ground running on a slate of his own classic compositions from the last three decades: "Chance Meeting," "The Only Face," and "Avalon," among others.

Not the strongest of singers, Ferry is often drowned out by the sheer stamina of his backup band. But it's impossible, still, not to be transported by the stylish earnestness and whiff of decadence in his soaring vocals. Highlights include Roxy's rather wonderful cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," and the essential disco anthem "Love Is the Drug." Modest DVD supplements include a discography and a cute feature that identifies the musicians by face. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars For Your Pleasure Jan. 2 2002
Format:DVD
My wife and I, along with a friend, were lucky enough to catch the first show of the tour that this DVD captures. It was in a very small venue in Washington DC, filled to capacity (and then some). The female string quartette started the evening with several numbers and then the band took the stage. Bryan Ferry actually had to read the music and lyrics to the first song ("The Way You Look Tonight") and seemed visably relieved at the warm response he was given. From this somewhat rocky start, the Bryan Ferry and the band amazed us with its broad range of musical styles, moving seemlessly from a Cole Porter song to "Editions of You" to "Falling In Love Again" and then "In Every Dream Home" (a song about an inflatable doll).
I have been a Roxy Music fan since 1972 and own nearly every album and or CD (or both) that Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry have produced. I was lucky enough to see Roxy Music perform many years ago and have seen Bryan Ferry now three times. While I agree that he doesn't have the strongest voice, it is, in my opinion, an almost perfect voice for this tour and the album it promoted.
This DVD captures the energy that Ferry exudes during his shows. He truly seems to enjoy performing in front of an audience and the entire band shares in that enthusiasm.
In the show I saw in DC, most of the older songs (e.g., the ones from the 30's) were grouped together, with some Roxy and Bryan Ferry songs in the latter third of the show, followed by a few more old ones and ending, of course, with "Do the Strand". That is the one song I really miss from this DVD. I have seen it done four times and I have loved it every time.
If you are a fan of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, get this DVD and be sure and share it with friends. If you watch one song, make it "Jealous Guy" - the mix, with an emphasis on the string quartette, make the song especially good and moving. Enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ferry, Ferry Good Nov. 29 2001
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Format:DVD
I had the great pleasure of catching this tour in the USA when Bryan Ferry and these musicians played the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. (...) The setting was therefore incredible, and somehow I suspect that that aspect (the stage and venue), had been a deliberate choice. That evening's performance was a magical, and dare I say an adult, sophisticated rock and soul experience. Yet, like this DVD, it rocked very hard at times, summoning the power of the early Roxy songs and performances. The ballads and the rockers were perfectly paced in the show as they are in this DVD.
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This DVD captures the live show with all it's emotion and subtle themes superbly. The Parisian stage was a very close approximation of the Paramount setting. For those suggesting that his voice and stage presence was somehow lame, I beg to differ. His stage persona has always been the antithisis of rock star bravado. I found his and the band's performance in this DVD to mesh quite well, just as it had at the show I saw. This band was flawless. The "glam" in the string section is something to behold not to mention their collective musicianship.
So little is available on DVD, fans should grab a copy for themselves and view it with the perspective of time and place I referred to. There is a feature in the DVD that is very useful, a discography of all his recorded output solo and with Roxy Music. Get the CD of "As Time goes By" as well as this DVD.
Bryan Ferry is a true artist, in that he understands how to bring so many elements together and form something completely new and unique with them. This is a very special opportunity to see an artist in his element.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great band, weak front man Sept. 3 2001
By harsil
Format:DVD
I never thought I'd see a show where the best parts are the ones where the headliner can be neither seen nor heard, or where he is mercifully drowned out by the band; but unfortunately, such is the case here.
Bryan Ferry is easily the weakest performer in the show. He has a good orchestra, with strong soloists and interesting -- sometimes superb -- arrangements. Several of the instrumental passages are really strong; the keyboard player is good, and there's a fellow who seems to play clarinet and soprano sax who is also very good (except for one seriously sour-note-laden passage). There are some parts that really rock, and the bopping, leather-clad string-quartet chicks are entertaining in more ways than one (though their hair-dos are a bit bizarre -- a few of them look like they have straw growing out of their heads). The very idea of using a 30's-style orchestra, with minimal standard-rock-type guitar, bass, and drums, really makes this show stand out; it works very well. (The concert veers more toward rockers near the end, which is appropriate, and the guitar, bass, and drums are more prominent there.)
Bryan brings it all down though. He just doesn't have much singing ability, and he isn't up to the level of his band. 'Let's Stick Together' and 'Chance Meeting' are tracks where the contrast between Ferry and the band is particularly obvious, but you could in fact point to almost any track in the show. 'Casanova' too has a really good, original orchestral contribution, mostly in the sax and strings, but is weakened by another poor performance from the 'star'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars performance art
a truly wonderful performance by one of the greats, who through innovation and vision manages to constantly entertain in so many ways. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
1.0 out of 5 stars I like Ferry but believe me this one is terrible
Should I have known this, I wouldn't have never bought it
I don't give even a star to the songs selection
Published on March 4 2003 by Orlando Coronel
5.0 out of 5 stars I was totally blown away....
I cannot believe how good this video is. The performance completely blew me away! This is one of the best perfomances I have ever seen on video. The musicians Mr. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by "akom48"
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the BEST !!
Bryan Ferry has absolutely the most incredible voice "in the world". This DVD is spectacular. You can watch it once, then, without a break, replay it over & over. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by MaryAnn Kinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Ferry in Concert by Mick OD
Brian Ferry ROCKS!
This is the best live performance DVD I have seen.
Absolutely beautiful music performed by top notch musicians. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002 by "mickod"
5.0 out of 5 stars This Concert Is On Fire!
Bryan Ferry sizzles and croons while a thunderous orchestra backs him up! All renditions of classic Roxy Music and Ferry solo recordings find this man still a joy to behold. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2001 by R. Max Totten
3.0 out of 5 stars Ferry is Great but Missing alot of his key hits
I'm a huge Bryan Ferry fan. Unfortunately, this DVD is missing alot of his big hits like "Slave To Love", "More than This", and songs from his Taxi and Mamamuna... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for any Roxy Fan
I was very interested to get a live performance DVD from one of my favorite musicians, Bryan Ferry. I wanted to hear the standards of "When Time Goes By" mixed with his... Read more
Published on July 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegance personified
The once-and-future Roxy Music frontman is in fine form for this March 2000 concert, backed by a near-orchestra at Le Grand Rex in Paris. Read more
Published on June 25 2001 by R. K. Beegle
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Made Re-Modeled
This DVD contains some of the best moments from Bryan Ferry's stellar 1999-2000 "As Time Goes By" Tour.
Ferry has never shied away from interpreting others' songs. Read more
Published on June 23 2001 by Paul J Villaluz
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