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Bryan Ferry: Live in Paris

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Capitol ( EMI )
  • Release Date: Feb. 6 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059WSA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,388 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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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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By A Customer on Nov. 29 2001
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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.
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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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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