The Jazz Age
Packaged highlights of Roxy Music in concert at Konserthuset, Stockholm, as recorded by Swedish Television on January 27th, 1976.
01. “The Thrill Of It All”
02 “Mother Of Pearl”
04. “Out Of The Blue”
05. “Street Life”
06. “Diamond Head”
07. “Wild Weekend”
08. Band Introduction
09. “The In Crowd”
10. “Virginia Plain”
11. “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”
This concert was available as a bootleg within days of its performance, and has been a staple of the unauthorized Roxy catalog ever since. The concert was considered solid and workman-like at the time, but now it looks bloody marvelous.
Today, Bryan Ferry released his latest album The Jazz Age, which re-interprets 13 classic Roxy Music and Ferry tracks as Jazz numbers.
The Guardian said:
Every note is perfectly placed, the sense of bygone breeziness lovingly accurate.
While Music OMH said:
...this is an album to take notice of.
Though the Arts Desk was less enamored:
It might have looked good on paper; the best of Bryan Ferry revisited in a 1920s swing jazz style. But in practice, rather than reveal previously unrecognised properties of some of the most haunting and original pop/rock songs of the late 20th century, subtracting the vocals and placing them in an early 20th century context simply eviscerates them of their uniqueness and power.