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Bryan Ferry: Live in Paris [Import]
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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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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.
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.
Bryan Ferry always had a great stage presence and the DVD showed his style and elegance. Always fashion conscience, his horn and rythym section were dressed in tuxes and string section comprised of beautiful women in black leather pants and they let their hair down at the end.
While I figured the standards and some Roxy tunes ("Oh Yeah", "Jealous Guy", "Avalon") would translate well into this orchestra format, I was unsure of other tunes listed on the jacket. But two songs from Country Life, "Out of the Blue" and "Casanova", were masterfully done. "Casanova" had a blusey-jazz-calypso beat to it that I can't get out of my head.
At the end, the climaxing songs ("Avalon", "Jealous Guy", "Let's Stick Together", and "Love is the Drug") bring down the house.
All in all this is a real treat for all Roxy Music fans. Bryan Ferry is at his best and the band and audience react to his incredible performance.
I highly recommend this DVD for all Roxy fans.
Most recent customer reviews
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