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Boys and Girls

4.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002L5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Roxy Music issued "Avalon" in 1982 and despite its broad commercial success it was the last (studio) Roxy album. It became clear why, when 3 years later Roxy lead singer and composer Bryan Ferry issued "Boys and Girls", in all but name a straight sequel to "Avalon" (the implication being that Avalon probably was far more a Ferry solo album than a true Roxy album--comparions to Roger Waters/Pink Floyd "The Final Cut" come to mind.) "Boys and Girls" continues the dreamy soundscapes from "Avalon", mixing up more upbeat, dance-oriented songs ("Don't Stop the Dance", "The Chosen One" "Stone Woman") with slower songs ("Slave to Love" (which was the lead-off single), "Windswept", "Boys annd Girls"). And of course there is the short (1 min) "bridge song" (here "Wasteland", like "India" on "Avalon"). While the album covers no new ground, it still is the best Bryan Ferry solo album, because the sounds are lush and deep, and the entire album (clocking in at 38+ min) plays like one long dream-along song. In this remastered issue, the sound quality is remarkably better than before. The CD also contains the lyrics to the songs. Nevertheless I deck a star from my rating because there are no extra tracks such as single B-sides or live tracks and there are no liner notes. Enjoy the dreamy world of Bryan Ferry, though!
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Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music fans seem to fall into two camps: those who prefer the "art-rock" experimentalism of Country Life and For Your Pleasure, and those who love the sleeker productions of Avalon-era Roxy. I firmly fall into the latter. This album, basically a further refinement of Avalon's aesthetic, is a masterpiece. Naysayers will call it pretentious, but this dark, incredibly seductive and romantic sets a mood so intense and sensual you can only listen to it at night. Along with Avalon, it's the ultimate sex album.
A technical note about this re-release: the remastering job is one of the best I've ever heard. Most remasters are just louder versions with a little extra detail. This (along with the other BF reissues from Virgin) has been remastered as a HDCD and sounds 1000 times better than the orignal 80s release. There was a UK import re-release last year which came in a tiny cardboard sleeve, (Roxy's back catalog was also reissued this way). It was louder and more clear than before, but I don't think it was HDCD (wasn't marked with the HDCD logo anyway). This release is the version to get, no question.
On a regular CD player you will already hear way more detail and clarity, reduced tape hiss, and better soundstaging. On an HDCD equipped high end player with decent speakers, the sound quality becomes just phenomenal. There's wonderful air around the vocals, the guitars lines "pop" more, and the 3D imaging and soundstaging just become breathtaking. It is Boys and Girls the way Bryan Ferry truly intended it.
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Bryan Ferry is one of those artists that is well-known among European music fans, but in the United States - Ferry's career has almost gone unnoticed. Ferry achieved success as the lead singer for Roxy Music - who also had established themselves in Europe, but not in the United States. During his Roxy Music years, Ferry also had a parallel solo career going In 1983, for all practical purposes - Roxy Music would split up and Bryan Ferry would focus on his solo career. In 1985, Ferry would release "Boys and Girls". 1985 would be one of the most competitive years in the music industry. Artists such as Sting ("The Dream of the Blue Turtles"), Phil Collins ("No Jacket Required"), Bryan Adams ("Reckless"), Tears For Fears ("Songs From the Big Chair"), Wham ("Make It Big"), and Dire Straits ("Brothers in Arms") would all release (or have released) landmark albums during that time would garner both commercial and critical acclaim. I think it's also safe to add Bryan Ferry and his "Boys and Girls" album to that list. "Boys and Girls" went unnoticed in the United States, but it became a Number One album in the UK.

Ferry employs the use of classical instruments with dance beats for several of his songs. "Boys and Girls" is definitely not a Disco album, but in 1985 many of the tracks could have easily been played in Dance Clubs. Ferry also has some of the most unique vocals in the music industry. I would put Ferry's voice as a cross between a haunting voice and a crooning voice. For "Boys and Girls", Ferry employs a musical style that was seen on his previous Roxy Music album entitled "Avalon".
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My neighbor gave me a tape when I was in high school with Avalon on one side, and Boys and Girls on the other. When I heard Boys and Girls, I thought, "But, this is me on the inside, just how I feel and can never put into words." I'm 33 now, and yes, I still have that tape. My CD was stolen, among other things, but that was all I hated to lose. The whole album flows from one song to the next. Sometimes it's the words, sometimes it's the sound, but usually it's both working so perfectly together that make me catch my breath, smile, and make my heart ache that little bit that tells me, yes, I'm a human being, and the world is full of pain, but it's also full of beauty. Bryan Ferry's work touches me, always, at that basic human level that seeks love and yearns for perfection, but accepts that it's not always possible to find. I always find myself thinking after I listen to it (for the 600th time) this is just too good for words.
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