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2010 release from the veteran British vocalist and Roxy Music frontman. The album features musical contributions from Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Marcus Miller, Flea, Mani (Primal Scream, ex Stone Roses) and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Olympia sees Bryan Ferry reunite on record with members of Roxy Music, including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay. This is the first album to reunite them since Roxy Music's seminal album For Your Pleasure in 1973! Olympia is a masterpiece of prolific artistry, blending sultry, elegant lyrics with genius compositions by Ferry, Rhett Davies and innovative, contemporary musicians.
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B003VIW8DK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Jame S. Boykin on October 27, 2010
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I've been listening to Bryan Ferry since I bought For Your Pleasure on vinyl in the 1973. I think some of the reviewers miss the point. This is not Roxy Music circa 1973. This is an absolutely beautiful record. Reason or Rhyme and Me Oh My are two his very best songs in years. This is his best solo record since The Bride Stripped Bare. The production values on this record are stunning. It's one of the most complex headphone listening records I own. Admittedly you will get more out of this record on a very good stereo or listening to it through a high quality set of headphones. I'm not sure this is Ipod music. Highly recommended but not for people on a nostalgia trip or can't stand an artist who doesn't repeat the same thing he did 35 years ago. In comparison to a lot of artists who I listened to in the 70's Bryan Ferry still sounds like he actually enjoys what he does. I can't say the same thing for David Bowie or the Rolling Stones to name two. Interesting enough, I played this for some younger people (in their 20's) who had no idea who Bryan Ferry was. They loved it. They were quite surprised when I told them how old he was. Bryan Ferry and Nick Cave are proof positive that rock can still be relevant when played by 50+ year olds.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Fieval Years on October 25, 2010
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This is a review of Bryan Ferry "Olympia" CD/DVD Deluxe Edition. This review is meant to summarize the Deluxe Edition of the album. Hope it helps you decide which edition to get. It doesn't do a track by track analysis because that is really for the listener to experience. But, I will tell you the song titled "BF Bass" basically means Bryan Ferry Bass (just in case you were wondering...I was)...j/k. Now as far as the deluxe edition is concerned: the content is packaged in a nice case with binding similar to a book. The book is a hardcover with a slipcase on the front and back that is glued to the book. Certain to create nice little scuff marks on the discs during frequent use. You may need to bring your own jewel cases to this set. A good example that springs to mind (as far as the "book" presentation) would be the recent Kylie Minogue Deluxe edition of "Aprodite." Inside the book contains the lyrics to the songs, pictures of Kate Moss, a brief two page description of the album that recounts Ferry past/present/future written by Richard Williams (I wasn't too big on the style this was written but whatever, some will think it is cool, it kinda is), and a nice photo of Bryan Ferry by Anton Corbijn. The DVD contained is Region Free NTSC that provides an excellent 27 minute behind the scenes of the making of the album. Shows the cast that made this album come to life. This album has a nice amount guest stars. For those interested in buying this because of guest stars on the DVD. The DVD does show David Gilmour but, no interview. Flea is shown and a very brief interview. Brian Eno is talked about but, not shown or interviewed. Steve Nieve is talked about but not seen. Good footage and interview snippets of Nile Rodgers and Jake Shears and Babydaddy. A brief interview of Groove Armada.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W Cooney on November 11, 2010
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The Golden Voice is back.
In a year when big names have reappeared after search parties had long given up hope, only to deliver the worst album of their respective careers (Sade, Peter Gabriel), Bryan Ferry's first album of new material in eight years shows that he's as fresh and relevant as ever.

While rumors of this album swirled like so many of the dizzying performances of the several guitarists who would eventually play on it, there seemed reason for concern. Ferry started courting the European club crowd, and in 2009 he was the lead vocalist on an endless ten minute European "club hit" by DJ Hell. And then word came that he'd also soon be working with Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Flea, Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood. There was a whiff of desperation. One wondered if Ferry were trying too hard. And if so, why should he have to? It's often been a head-scratcher as to why Ferry isn't a household name in the States, much less inducted in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame (which remains doubly insipid without him in it). It's long been music's Golden Ticket just to be asked to appear on a Ferry album; Bete Noire, his final album of the 1980s featured over forty musicians (but in the 1980s Ferry was a man whose every move was written about in all caps).

The star-studded Olympia (even Kate Moss has a role as a femme fatale on the album cover) opens up with the unmistakable first seven seconds of Roxy Music's gorgeous swan song, "True to Life." But that elegiac tone is quickly disposed of and "You Can Dance" digs right in, trying to force its way into your head. This is new ground, because Ferry's music--like the man himself--has always made inroads with nothing but grace and élan. The insistence of the song is a bit jarring at first, but patience is rewarded.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Man on November 2, 2010
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I'm a big Bryan Ferry Fan.. I think Boys and Girls and Bete Noire are my favorite things he's done. I was happy to hear some
material on Olympia that reminded me of those works and I'd say about half the CD works for me. There's a handful of tracks that
just seem trite and the lyrics seem like they wrote a song around a semi-clever title they liked, but the writing is uninspired.

Most of all I'm highly disappointed by the production and mixing on this CD. It's flat sounding, no dynamics, the clarity and punch just isn't there. And his voice is buried in the mix. There's no excuse for this given the tools they have today as well as the talent Bryan has at his disposal. Older CDs like Boys and Girls blow this CD sonically out of the water when I play them next to each other.

I'm still a big fan and this overall is one of my favorite CDs he's put out in a while. I just wish the production, recording and mixing wasn't so... blah.

Nevertheless, I still recommend the CD because if you like Bryan's music, there's no substitute. Just like Sade.. there's only one of them doing what they do and nobody else sounds like them. Rock on Bryan :-)
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David Bowie vs. Bryan Ferry
Love both for totally different reasons. Each has a detachment that is cool. BF is much more melancholy, though. I thought Bowie's last 3 albums were some of his best stuff ever. And same with BF. They both have aged immaculately.
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