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
a truly wonderful performance by one of the greats, who through innovation and vision manages to constantly entertain in so many ways. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
Should I have known this, I wouldn't have never bought it
I don't give even a star to the songs selection
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 morePublished on Feb. 22 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by MaryAnn Kinn
Brian Ferry ROCKS!
This is the best live performance DVD I have seen.
Absolutely beautiful music performed by top notch musicians. Read more
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 morePublished on Oct. 19 2001 by R. Max Totten
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001 by harsil
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 morePublished on Aug. 5 2001