Bryan Ferry: Dylanesque Live - The London Sessions
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Tracklisting: 1) Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 2) All I Really Wanna Do 3) The Times They Are A-Changin' 4) Gates Of Eden 5) Positively 4th Street 6) All Along The Watchtower 7) Knockin' On Heaven's Door 8) Simple Twist Of Fate 9) Make You Feel My Love
Bonus Tracks: 3 songs that did not air on television special: 1) Baby Let Me Follow You Down 2) Don't Think Twice, It's Alright 3) If Not For You Original 1973 promo video for "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
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Bryan Ferry is superb in his vocals. I think he could, actually, do an album of anyone's music and improve on it !! A good example of that is the Roxy Music version of John Lennon's 'Jealous Guy'. While I am a big Beatles fan, Bryan Ferry's "Jealous Guy" gave it more 'soul' than Lennon.
Overall, this DVD is a joy to watch, and proves that Bryan Ferry is one of the most under-rated artists of our time !
Ferry and his band, along with the producers, engineers etc from the Dylanesque album recreate the recording sessions but this time in front of video cameras.
Each track has a commentary at the end by Ferry and often by one of the other cast delving into the material, Ferry's history and other anecdotal stuff worth listening to.
The disc kicks of in fine style with Don't Think Twice, arranged for Voice and Piano and the track is so damned fine I found myself wondering why it didn't make the CD.
Hearing Ferry's unique and unmistakable voice re-render these classics is a treat, but to hear "The Time's They Are A Changin'" gathered into 4/4 and given a driving rock arrangement was almost worth the price of the DVD alone. The effect on the song is much as it was with "Hard Rain" when he did exactly the same thing with that track - what had been an interesting but aging 3/4 acoustic number was given a new lease on life.
The bonus material is basically four tracks, one of which is the old 70s video for "Hard Rain" which - sound apart - only proves how badly Top of the Pops could work with the material. Even allowing for Ferry's conflicting need to smoulder into the camera over the full length of the concert grand piano yet still have some sightline to an out-of-shot crib sheet for the lyrics the concept is not the greatest they've managed with minimal resources to work with. (I remember reading an interview in the NME some years later when Ferry admitted he needed a lyric sheet for Hard Rain when he performed it).
I loved the whole concept. The camera work is generally good, the material a mixed bag (from my personal perspective, your mileage may vary) and the performers excellent.
Here is a band that just seems to click in a very comfortable setting. Three great guitarists, a strong rhythm section, the always superb Colin Goode on piano and Ferry has managed to raise the standard, yet again, on backing singers.
Has been number one on my DVD play-list for over a year now (managing to displace David Gilmour at the Royal Festival Hall, which says a lot!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed watching him work and his interpretations of Dylan.Published 22 months ago by Audrey Lehmann
I've never really been into Bryan Ferry and I normally don't care much for Dylan remakes(I prefer the originals) but this is a must listen.Published on May 18, 2013 by Matthew Collins
The DVD is a great way to experience this underrated album. A must for Ferry fans and probably among the best Dylan covers recorded.Published on December 26, 2012 by vincentrobert
excellent of its type, this has short explanations and artist insight into each of the songs in between them. beautifully made, it is a great companion to the cd. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by bob e.
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