- Our shootout winner for side two and only the second copy to hit the site in many years – Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on one
- For material and sound I consider this to be the best of Bryan Ferrry’s solo albums – it’s a blast from start to finish
- The energy, presence, bass, and dynamic power (love that horn section!) place it well above his other side projects
- 4 Stars: “The title track itself scored Ferry a deserved British hit single, with great sax work from Chris Mercer and Mel Collins and a driving, full band performance. Ferry’s delivery is one of his best, right down to the yelps, and the whole thing chugs with post-glam power.”
We shot out a number of other imports and this killer side two is As Good As It Gets. The presence, bass, and dynamics place it head and shoulders above the competition. It has what we like to call Master Tape Sound — right in every way.
As for material, he covers some early Roxy songs (brilliantly I might add); Beatles and Everly Bros. tunes; and even old R&B tracks like ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’. Every song on this album is good, and I don’t think that can be said for any of his other solo projects. Five stars in my book.
Speaking of Roxy Music
Outside of their first two releases (1972-73), there is simply no Roxy album that is as well-recorded as the first three Ferry solo projects: These Foolish Things (1973); Another Time, Another Place (1974) and Let’s Stick Together (1976).
They are the very definition of rich, smooth, Tubey Magical, natural sound. They also tend to have lots and lots of bass — thanks, we assume, to engineers John Punter and Steve Nye– and we love that sound!
Imports or Domestic Pressing
Import, and only from the UK. All the domestic pressings are made from dubs.
Let’s Stick Together
Shame, Shame, Shame
Price of Love
It’s Only Love
You Go to My Head
Heart on My Sleeve