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The Bride Stripped Bare

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
When Jerry Hall, front-cover model on Roxy's Siren, left Ferry for Mick Jagger, his response was this interesting album, not a full success but by no means a washout. In part Ferry returned to the model of his solo work before In Your Mind, with half the tracks being covers of rock and soul classics. Thus, Sam and Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming," Al Green's "Take Me to the River" which arguably sounds like a strong influence on Talking Heads' near contemporaneous version and even the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On," among others, take a bow. Unfortunately Ferry's backing performers, mostly drawing on studio pros like Waddy Wachtel, don't seem to have the real affinity for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
When Jerry Hall, front-cover model on Roxy's Siren, left Ferry for Mick Jagger, his response was this interesting album, not a full success but by no means a washout. In part Ferry returned to the model of his solo work before In Your Mind, with half the tracks being covers of rock and soul classics. Thus, Sam and Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming," Al Green's "Take Me to the River" which arguably sounds like a strong influence on Talking Heads' near contemporaneous version and even the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On," among others, take a bow. Unfortunately Ferry's backing performers, mostly drawing on studio pros like Waddy Wachtel, don't seem to have the real affinity for the material like his earlier solo-effort cohorts did. If anything, though, there's also the sense of Ferry channeling his romantic gloom through a number of the songs, giving them a strong personal bite. The guitar and bass-only version of the traditional folk tune "Carrickfergus" works best of all, its lovelorn sentiments and slow pace connecting just right. As for Ferry's originals, his sentiments are all the more clear, right from the abbreviated charge of the opening "Sign of the Times," its fractured sentiments of disturbed, vicious romance matched by the clipped punch of the music and Ferry's own brisk delivery. The other originals don't cut quite so bloodily, but the sense of loss and confusion is all there, from the opening line "Well I rush out blazin'/My pulse is racin'" on "Can't Let Go" to the lonely sense of mystery on "This Island Earth," the album's conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Virgin Japan
  • EAN: 4988006857230
  • Catalog Number: 68816
  • Sales rank: 389,896

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bryan Ferry Primary Artist, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Wetton Bass
Herbie Flowers Bass, String Bass
Ann Odell Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Mel Collins Saxophone
Martin Drover Trumpet
Preston Heyman Drums
Neil Hubbard Guitar
Rick Marotta Drums
Steve Nye Electric Piano
Alan Spenner Bass, Guitar
Richard Wachtel Guitar, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
J.J. Cale Composer
Bryan Ferry Arranger, Producer
Ann Odell String Arrangements
Jimmy Douglass Engineer, Remixing
Ahmet Ertegun Contributor, Counselling
Isaac Hayes Composer
Lewis Hahn Engineer, Remixing
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Rick Marotta Producer
Steve Nye Producer, Engineer
David Porter Composer
Waddy Wachtel Producer
Steve Puxley Producer
Simon Puxley Producer, Remixing
Peter Revill Contributor
Barbara Allen Cover Star
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