Slave of love...
Bryan Ferry is an English singer-songwriter who is considered, like David Bowie, as one of the most influential singers across the Channel during the 1970s-1980s, both in terms of music and look. How charismatic leader of the group Roxy Music between 1972 and 1982, he really began his solo career from the mid-80s (the songs he produced in the 70s would be mainly covers of great Standards).
By combining the two careers, he can even boast of having sold no less than 30 million albums around the world !
It was therefore from 1985 that the artist took control of his destiny by releasing the album "Boys and girls". The album was a huge success across the Channel and achieved impressive sales scores across the Atlantic. So much so that it will go down in history as his highest ranked album of all. In particular thanks to 2 enormously enormous singles which are "Slave to love" and "Don’t stop the dance", flagship titles which will remain as his 2 most brilliant achievements of the decade on the single side.
The year 1986 will be exclusively devoted to the release of titles that will be used in soundtracks. “The right stuff” will illustrate the film Legend and “Help me” will illustrate The fly.
Back in force in 1987 with the release of the album "Bête noire", a notoriously successful album which will be his last album of the decade. Of which will be extracted mainly "The right stuff" which leaves the same year and "Kiss and tell", which leaves him a year later in 1988. Two titles which will carry out a nice course in the Charts. The artist is then in top form.
Then, as paradoxical as it may seem, we will have to wait 5 years before the artist returns to the front of the stage thanks to the album "Taxi", a new album which is therefore released in 1993. In any case, back winner because the album is a real success especially thanks to the luxury cover of Jay Hawkins' track "I put a spell on you", cult title dating from 1956. And to a lesser extent "Will you love me tomorrow".
A winning return, but the artist began to decline irreparably because the album "Mamouna" which came out in 1994 did not produce any top hits, despite once again high sales scores. Ditto for the album "As time goes by" which will be released five years later (!) In 1999.
Like many artists of his generation, the 1990s saw the singer gradually disappear from the radar, failing to renew himself in a decade when everything was going really too fast. Be that as it may, his name will always be associated with notions of natural class and dandy, 2 rare qualifiers that will have made him one of the most notable singers of this end of the XXth side across the Channel.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
A hard rain’s a-Gonna fall 1973
The In’ crowd 1974
Smoke gets in your eyes 1974
You go to my head 1975
Let’s stick together 1976
The price of love 1976
This is tomorrow 1977
Tokyo Joe 1977
Sign of the times 1978
Slave to love 1985
Don’t stop the dance 1985
Is your love strong enough ? 1986
The right stuff 1987
Kiss and tell 1988
I put a spell on you 1993
Will you love me tomorrow 1993
Your painted smile 1994
Dance with life 1996
Roxy Music Adventure :
1973 ... what better than a good old cover of a Bob Dylan title and dating from 1962 to start his solo career without getting too tired
1974 ... we continue in the luxury cover on a Dobie Gray track dating from 1964. And like the previous track, it works pretty well for the buyer !
1974 ... so there, we have to go back to the 1930s to find the original that he uses. The title "Smoke get in your eyes" actually comes from the Roberta musical from 1933. Well, there's a while, we shouldn't go too far back in time Bryan ...
1975 ... we regained a few years but not by many. This time, it is a title recorded by Larry Clinton in 1938 which has the favor of the artist
1976 ... and here comes his first global mega hit. This time, he can say a big thank you to Wilbert Harrison and his song dating back to 1962. Like what, once again, the best soups are made in old pots !
1976 ... when Bryan takes over Everly Brothers dating from 1965, this is the result. A modernized version that works perfectly and offers a new major success to the artist
1977 ... the first original titles of the artist, finally. He finally takes off on a very typical '70s rock sound and my faith, it also works too
1977 ... a beautiful year 1977 with a second notorious hit in the wake. The rise in power is obvious, so we imagine that the sequel will be up to the task
1978 ... although 1977 was a Grand Cru, 1978 will not be remembered as the artist's best year. A tiny hit and then goes
1985 ... then nothing solo for 7 years. But it is the better to return in a brilliant way in this year 1985 when the artist will deliver several exceptional titles. Starting with this one! MA-GIC !
1985 ... he does it again in the wake and delivers a second oufissime title with brilliant inspiration. The artist is at the height of his possibilities and his potential for attractiveness. In one year, he delivered 2 of the most emblematic pieces of the decade. MAS-TER-FUL !
1985 ... a decidedly exceptional year 1985 with a third title of very high caliber. The singer literally walks on water !
1986 ... the year 1986 will not equal the year 1985 but we feel the artist has an exceptional dynamic that is not about to stop
1987 ... business picks up again in this new year. A single-title year that allows the artist to catch up with the leading pack
1988 ... another very high-caliber title which shows the full extent of his talent and that he remains undoubtedly one of the very best artists of his generation
1993 ... then a big 4 year air hole. A change of decade which rhymes with a change of style and flagrant sound. And it works, new top hit !
1993 ... a change in style so drastic that even early adopters get lost in it. Race results : last notorious hit ....
1994 ... totally outside the musical standards of the moment, the artist tries to keep his head above water at all costs. Unfortunately, his extraordinary talent is no longer enough ...
1996 ... a last standstill with a particularly inspired title. Like what, you have to believe in it to the end, especially for the greatest !
Top Bonus : when the singer covers one of the most inspired songs of the end of the 20th century, the result can only be extraordinary !
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