Ferry Takes a Chance and it's a success
Jeffrey A. Obrien | USA | 01/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The AS TIMES GO BY tour was very intimate and cool. I caught the tour at the Beacon Theater in NYC, which was even more vibrant than this Paris show. In any case, the Paris show is very sublime and has a more smokey great nightclub feel. The musicians are superb - with special note to the glamourous and cool ladies in the string section (especially Julia Thorton), Colin Good, and the horn section. People who expect Ferry's voice to be like Luciano or Celine Dion miss the whole essence of Ferry and Roxy - which was to be cool, original and distinctive. This album and tour was the start of Ferry's revival - leading to a Grammy Nomination, the great 2001 Roxy Reunion, and his best solo disc since THESE FOOLISH THINGS called 'Frantic'."
Great concert, BAD 5.1 mix
E. R Wilson | Novato, CA USA | 10/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"That about says it all. Whoever mixed this for 5.1 Surround had absolutely NO idea what they were doing. The volume in the front very low and the rear is barely audible at full (rear) volume!!! PCM version is likewise very low in volume (I know...that's what volume controls are for but come on...some are recorded 15-20db louder!!).
But it IS a good show."
New romantic in his element
wm | ...onward....thru the fog! | 08/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Some reviews here give this show an overall good rating, but comment that Ferry doesn't have a great voice. Far from being a shortcoming, his voice is his greatest asset as far as I'm concerned. His vocal style has often been imitated, but never replicated. With your eyes closed, you know it's Bryan Ferry the instant you hear it. This show finds him elegantly dressed as usual, and the setting is more chamber orchestra than rock band. The only downside to this show, and the reason I'll give it 4 solid stars instead of 5, is that the setlist suffers from pacing at certain points. Other than that, this romantic is in his element in the city of romance."