A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
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!
The “In” Crowd
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Funny How Time Slips Away
You Are My Sunshine
(What A) Wonderful World
It Ain’t Me Babe
Help Me Make It Through the Night
Another Time, Another Place
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.