Bryan Ferry – Another Time, Another Place

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  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on side one, this is one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • The British Island originals are the only way to go, and this one just plain trounced most of the others we played
  • Tubey Magical, rich, smooth, sweet – everything that we listen for in a great record is on display for everyone to hear
  • Allmusic: “Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun.”

Both sides of this record are just as rich and relaxed as you would expect. The balance is correct, which means the top is there as well as the bottom, with good vocal presence throughout.

Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead-on correct tonality — everything that we listen for in a great record is here. You could certainly demonstrate your stereo with a record this good, even one that’s not nearly this good, because this one is superb.

But what you would really be demonstrating is music that the listener probably hasn’t heard, and that’s the best reason to demonstrate a stereo.

Both sides are blessed with the kind of early ’70’s Tubey Magical Analog Sound that’s been lost to the world of recorded music for decades — decades I tell you!

Nobody can manage to get a recording to sound like this anymore and it seems as if no one can even remaster a recording like this anymore, if our direct experience with scores of such albums counts as any sort of evidence.

Anyone who digs Roxy Music or Bowie’s Pin-Ups is going to find a lot to like here.

Speaking of Roxy Music

Outside of their first release (1972), 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 engineer John Punter (with Rhett Davies assisting) — and we love that sound!

What the best sides of this 70’s Glam Rock album have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1974
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments (and effects!) having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is, of course, the only way to hear all of the above.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

The “In” Crowd 
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 
Walk a Mile in My Shoes 
Funny How Time Slips Away 
You Are My Sunshine

Side Two

(What A) Wonderful World
It Ain’t Me Babe 
Finger Poppin’ 
Help Me Make It Through the Night
Another Time, Another Place

AMG Review

The album as a whole feels a touch more formal than its predecessor, but Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun.