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Slave to Love

The Best of the Ballads

Artist: Bryan Ferry

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Label: Virgin
Album: Slave to Love: The Best of the Ballads
# Song Title   Time
1)    Slave to Love
2)    Jealous Guy
3)    This Love
4)    More Than This
5)    Falling in Love Again
6)    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
7)    Will You Love Me Tomorrow
8)    Oh Yeah
9)    Is Your Love Strong Enough?
10)    Zamba
11)    These Foolish Things
12)    Crazy Love
13)    Sonnet No. 18
14)    Avalon
15)    Where or When
16)    To Turn You On
17)    Windswept
18)    My Only Love

Performer Notes
  • This compilation gathers together some of the great love songs which have graced his albums; both his solo outings and those with Roxy Music.
  • Personnel includes: Bryan Ferry (vocals).
  • Recorded between 1973 and 2000. Includes liner notes by Walter Kessler.
  • Liner Note Author: Walter Kessler.
  • When Slave to Love: The Best of the Ballads was released in 2000, there hadn't been a true Roxy Music compilation in print for years. Street Life and More Than This were both grab bags of Roxy Music singles and material from Bryan Ferry's solo career. While it's logical to assume that fans of one artist would certainly be interested in the other, the approach never made for a unified compilation -- Roxy Music's sound shifted quite a bit over the years, and their earlier, edgier singles never sat well next to the smooth balladeering of Ferry's companion career. However, Slave to Love is the first Ferry/Roxy grab bag to make internal sense, because it's thematically limited to the Roxy material that most resembles Ferry's crooning solo style. By the time of 1982's Avalon, the gap between the two had narrowed so much as to be virtually indistinguishable, and this compilation captures the elegantly romantic sound that came to be inextricably linked to Ferry. Slave to Love shouldn't be taken as comprehensive, even in this narrower vein (there are several excellent late-period Roxy Music singles missing), but as an encapsulation of one specific part of their appeal, it makes for a strong listen. ~ Steve Huey

Format:CD (0 Disc)
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:10 July, 2000
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