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No stranger to covers, Bryan Ferry has often opted for classics from other times and places. As Time Goes By focuses on music largely from the 1930s and '40s and conjures that era's aura of fine cigars, sateen gowns, and gentlemanly romance. The opening title track summons images of Bogie and Ingrid, and is one of the finest moments in the collection. The swanky versions of Nina Simone's signature "Love Me or Leave Me" and "I'm in the Mood for Love" (which has a faint Martin Denny overtone) are perfectly suited to Ferry's low-key vocals (he's no real crooner, let's face it). His talented band swings with fervor, especially on the upbeat tunes "The Way You Look Tonight," "Lover Come Back to Me," and "Just One of Those Things." There are a number of intimate, romantic moments, but the highlight is Ferry's take on "Falling in Love Again," first made famous way back when with devastating sadness by Marlene Dietrich. Ferry's version is almost as moving. --Lorry Fleming
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00001ZSTJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is by far the best recording ever conceived by Bryan Ferry. His previous works like Boys and Girls will remain classics in the New Romantic style of music, but if you like his old stuff with Roxy Music such as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and These Foolish Things, then you'll love As Time Goes By. Ferry's more matured voice is evident in these recordings and his choice of band members make for a flawless musical accompaniment. I love this album so much that I decided to give in to the price of purchasing the limited edition import version.
For those of you that are not familiar with Bryan Ferry or Roxy Music...Lately, most of my music interest lay in the range of the acid jazz and techno, but this album has no boundaries and is sure to be enjoyed by all ages, regardless of musical preconception. It's just a classic interpretation of music from a beautiful era.
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Love songs have lost their feeling as singers with limited talent attempt to convey the emotion necessary to make a real love song work. Bryan Ferry not only makes the love songs on this CD work, he wrings them for all their worth, without falling into over-sentimentalized or melodramatic phrasing. His voice is smooth and elegant, allowing the lyrics to speak for themselves. Unconcerned with his own style (or perfecting a different one), Ferry has unconsciously fashioned that rare commodity, seamless blending of the old and new. The orchestrations are heavily weighted with period sounds, yet Ferry's voice never falls into croonership, or overextends itself to imitate singers of the past. Ferry's audience is sophistcated and Ferry plays this card to its fullest. The songs are obviously chosen with care and even those we might think we're tired of hearing (most notably, the title track, As Time Goes By,) sound fresh and speak not only about the joy of love, but also the melnacholy of love as well, which may be Ferry's greatest asset, true melancholy without the angst that mars so many other love songs. Not simply willing to re-issue the quaint and nostalgic, Ferry seems to be reaching for something more and finds it in such numbers as Sweet And Lovely, Love Me Or Leave Me, and the poetic and usually over-wrought, September Song. With these songs, Ferry reaches into the past, to bring us up to date on the sorry state of modern love songs. The songs on this CD are prime examples of the (almost) lost art of lyric writing.
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This CD of classics from the 1930s is sultry and smoky, like a soundtrack for your most perfect romantic fantasy. The mellow tempo of the songs sound totally unlike anything on contemporary radio (to his credit). Ferry and his band Roxy Music have always been ones to try the untried, experiment, and break new ground. He has blazed a new trail with old material, as only he can this time. On this record, the lyrics have a rich, emotional quality, a credit to craftsman songwriters like Cole Porter. Bryan Ferry brings them all to new life in his signature classy, elegant style. Bravo to the _King of Cool_ for topping himself once again!
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With this magical production, Ferry has obviously alienated those near hopeless naysayers reared on a monomaniac diet of "modern" music with all its catchy synth trappings and infinite levels of overproduction.
When the musical alchemist strips down those unnecessary layers, mines for the gold, and reveals the beauty and simplicity inherent in timeless structures, is it any wonder that some must flee? Beautiful, haunting, lush, moving, elegant, poignant, pleasantly addictive, are expressions and words that this creation objectively warrants.
One who can transform songs from the distant past into aural pearls that so easily eclipse contemporary options, is worthy of much praise. Bryan Ferry is a gift to the world of music.
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Let's take a little quiz. Here we go:

1) What rockers from the 1970s/80s are still around to sing about their exploits from past glory days?

2) What rockers from the 1970s/80s are flexible enough to rehash some old gems of songs from the 1920/30s?

3) What rockers from the 1970s/80s are even still around, that is, still alive, to sing at all?

The answer to all three questions is Bryan Ferry. I don't know of anyone else who could fill the bill, and able to answer these questions with any type of credulity. So glad that Bryan Ferry has decided to pick up some of these songs from the grand old days of ballroom/cheek-to-cheek dancing, and introduce civility and what once was to a new generation. Yes, even our generation, just in case we were too "hip" in younger days to have never learned to have loved these endearing songs. Cole Porter, anyone? Let Bryan Ferry introduce you to why the Cole Porter songbook was all the rage way back when.

If your brain has changed somewhere along the line, and you no longer listen to Ozzie, Steve Tyler, Foghat, or any of those groups that engaged our minds with outstretched decibels when we were all younger, then I really suggest that you purchase this CD for some (Shall I use our parents' term?) "easy listening." No, this isn't "easy listening," either. The songs are intelligent, the lyrics wonderful, the jazz and musicianship enlivening. And, would some of you like to know what romance once was, or rather, should be all about?

Bryan Ferry was knighted a while back by the Queen. I kind of wondered why - you know, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and all that. And then, Bryan Ferry was knighted?
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