Mamouna

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Sufficiently recharged via Taxi, Ferry got down to business and the following year released Mamouna, notable among other things for being his first recordings with the help of Brian Eno since the latter split from Roxy Music back in 1973. Rather than playing the wild card as he so often did, though, Eno concentrates on to use his own descriptions in the credits "swoop treatment" and "sonic awareness." Slightly more to the fore are Ferry's usual range of excellent musicians and pros. Steve Ferrone once again handles drums as he did on Taxi, while Richard Norris also reappears on loops and programming; other familiar faces include Nile Rodgers, Robin Trower the album's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Sufficiently recharged via Taxi, Ferry got down to business and the following year released Mamouna, notable among other things for being his first recordings with the help of Brian Eno since the latter split from Roxy Music back in 1973. Rather than playing the wild card as he so often did, though, Eno concentrates on to use his own descriptions in the credits "swoop treatment" and "sonic awareness." Slightly more to the fore are Ferry's usual range of excellent musicians and pros. Steve Ferrone once again handles drums as he did on Taxi, while Richard Norris also reappears on loops and programming; other familiar faces include Nile Rodgers, Robin Trower the album's co-producer, and Carleen Anderson. One of the most intriguing guest appearances comes at the very start -- "Don't Want to Know" has no less than five guitarists, including none other than Roxy's own Phil Manzanera. Whereas his '80s work seemed to fit the times just so, with his own general spin on things providing true individuality as a result, on Mamouna Ferry seems slightly stuck in place. Compared to the variety of Bete Noire, Mamouna almost seems a revamp of Boys and Girls. Combine that with some of Ferry's least compelling songs in a while, and Mamouna is something of a middling affair, almost too tasteful for its own good and considering who this is, that's saying something. There are some songs of note -- "The 39 Steps" has a slightly menacing vibe to it, appropriate given the cinematic reference of the title, while the Ferry/Eno collaboration "Wildcat Days" displays some of Eno's old synth-melting flash. Overall, though, Mamouna is pleasant without being involving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724384771522
  • Catalog Number: 47715
  • Sales rank: 82,827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Want to Know (4:07)
  2. 2 N.Y.C. (4:09)
  3. 3 Your Painted Smile (3:13)
  4. 4 Mamouna (5:10)
  5. 5 The Only Face (4:39)
  6. 6 The 39 Steps (5:00)
  7. 7 Which Way to Turn (5:43)
  8. 8 Wildcat Days (4:34)
  9. 9 Gemini Moon (3:46)
  10. 10 Chain Reaction (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bryan Ferry Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Vocoder, Prophet Synthesizer, oberheim, Jupiter
Phil Manzanera Guitar
Robin Trower Electric Guitar
Maceo Parker Alto Saxophone
Nile Rodgers Rhythm Guitar
Paul Johnson Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Carleen Anderson Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Nathan East Bass
Yanick Etienne Bass (Vocal)
Steve Ferrone Drums
Guy Fletcher Synthesizer
Neil Hubbard Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Luis Jardim Percussion
Neil Jason Animal Sounds
Chester Kamen Guitar
Andy Mackay Alto Saxophone
Richard Norris Loops
Mike Paice Alto Saxophone
Pino Palladino Bass
Guy Pratt wah wah guitar
Steve Scales Percussion
Jeff Thall Guitar
Fonzi Thornton Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
David Williams Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Rhythm Guitar
Jhelisa Bass (Vocal)
Luke Cresswell Percussion
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Producer, Contributor, Art Direction
Robin Trower Producer, Contributor
Rhett Davies Contributor
Brian Eno Contributor, Sonics
Neil Jason Contributor
Chester Kamen Contributor
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Richard Norris Engineer
Guy Pratt Contributor
Jeff Thall Contributor
James Ward Paintings
Sven Taits Engineer
Nan Kidwell Contributor
Nicholas Deville Art Direction
Zoe Cover Model
Tamar Cover Model
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