'Bryan Ferry - Live In Lyon' [Blu-ray]
(Bryan Ferry / Blu ray / NR / 2013 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: From his earliest recordings with Roxy Music at the beginning of the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative musicians and songwriters to emerge in popular music. Ferry's Olympia tour travelled the world in 2011, including this spectacular performance filmed on July 25 at the ancient Roman amphitheater in Lyon, France as part of the Nuits de Fourviere Festival.
Blu ray Verdict: I have been a HUGE fan of Bryan Ferry / Roxy Music since (almost) day one. So this was a real pleasure to have to sit down and review, trust me.
It must be hard though for on-off fans to believe Ferry is still doing his best work this late in the game. But Ferry pulls it off, believe me. Indeed, I could watch this forever. We begin with 'I Put A Spell On You,' and then he backs that with an INCREDIBLE 'Slave To Love,' 'Don't Stop The Dance,' 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues,' 'If There Is Something' and both 'Make You Feel My Love' and 'You Can Dance.'
OK, sure, I could do without the dancers or the saxophone playing woman who always seems to be taking her curtain call but otherwise, first rate! With some tempos having been reworked from the originals, we then get songs such as 'Alphaville,' 'Reason Or Rhyme,' 'Oh Yeah!,' 'Like A Hurricane,' 'Tara,' and then both 'Bitter-Sweet' and the always-wonderful to hear 'Avalon.'
Not even seeming tired, Ferry then takes us into the final third of the night with 'My Only Love,' 'What Goes On,' 'Sign Of The Times,' 'Love Is The Drug,' and interesting rendition of 'All Along The Watchtower,' 'Let's Stick Together' and finally both 'Hold On I'm Coming' and the waited-for 'Jealous Guy.' This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Feature of:
The Making Of Olympia documentary covering the recording of the Olympia album with previously unseen interviews and performances with guest artists including Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Marcus Miller, David Gilmour, Flea and The Scissor Sisters.