25082-2 Boys And Girls
Produced by Rhett Davies and Bryan Ferry
Released on May 1985
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A valon, as it turned out, wasn’t the last word on Bryan Ferry’s new romantic notions. Boys And Girls is in many ways even better. Ferry fusses over every detail: the sounds sparkle, the sentiments linger, the arrangements percolate to perfection. And the songs sneak up on you like hot breath on the back of your neck. At first, I was slightly disappointed with Boys And Girls because it wasn’t subversive. I had the same reaction to Let’s Dance. But with time I learned to fall in love with “Slave To Love,” “Windswept,” “Don’t Stop The Dance” and “Sensation.” It’s not the haunted palace of Avalon, but a gilded dance hall illumined by the likes of David Gilmour, Nile Rodgers and Mark Knopfler. Where Bowie was simply going through another one of his changes, Ferry had come back to claim his throne as the New Romantic King. Since the reign of Roxy The Second, bands like Simple Minds and Scritti Politti accumulated followers while Bryan Ferry faded into legend. Here, the legend returns. No one (and I mean no one) delivers a romantic line like the king. When he sighs, the flowers sigh, when he cries, the sky cries. There’s more to it than emotion, of course. Boys And Girls is impeccably arranged and unassailably intelligent. Heavier cuts like “The Chosen One” are nearly as complex as those uber-funk experiments from David Byrne and Brian Eno. For me, Avalon’s ghostworld will always be home. But Boys And Girls, immaculately conceived, is the return of the king and a reason to rejoice anew.

25082-2 back picture sleeve
25082-2 back picture sleeve


  1. SENSATION    5:07
  2. SLAVE TO LOVE    4:23
  3. DON'T STOP THE DANCE    (Bryan Ferry/Rhett Davies)    4:22
  4. A WASTE LAND    1:10
  5. WINDSWEPT    4:23
  6. THE CHOSEN ONE    4:51
  7. VALENTINE    3:48
  8. STONE WOMAN    5:12
  9. BOYS AND GIRLS    5:09

    All songs written by Bryan Ferry unless noted


BRYAN FERRY -- art direction
Alfa Anderson --
Jon Carin --
Michelle Cobbs --
Rhett Davies -- engineer
Yanick Etienne --
Colleen Fitz-Charles --
Lisa Fitz-Charles --
Simone Fitz-Charles --
Guy Fletcher --
David Gilmour --
Omar Hakim --
Virginia Hewes --
Ednah Holt --
Neil Hubbard --
Neil Jason --
Chester Kamen --
Mark Knopfler --
Tony Levin --
Jimmy Maelen --
Martin McCarrick --
Marcus Miller --
Andy Newmark --
Nile Rodgers --
David Sanborn --
Keith Scott --
Alan Spenner --
Anne Stephenson --
Fonzi Thornton --
Ruby Turner --
Bob Clearmountain -- engineer, mixing
Neil Dorfsman -- engineer
Femi Jaya -- engineer
Dominick Maita -- engineer
Brian McGee -- engineer
Andy Lydon -- engineer
Simon Puxley -- art direction
Antony Price -- photography
Cream -- artwork

UK May 1985 EG Records LP/CD/CS EGLP/EGCD/EGMC 62 lyric sleeve
US May 1985 Reprise LP/CD/CS 25082 lyric sleeve
ARG 1985 EG Records LP 27265  
CAN 1985 Reprise LP/CD/CS 92 50821/2/4 lyric sleeve
AUS'L/BRA/FRA/GER/NET 1985 EG Records LP/CD 825 659 inner sleeve
JPN 1985 Polydor LP/CD 28MM-0430/P33P20018 lyric insert
YUG 1985 RTB LP ST2223023  
UK September 1991 EG Records CD FERRYCD6  
JPN July 30, 1999 Toshiba CD TOCP-53048  
US March 28, 2000 Virgin CD 47722 digital remaster
EUR 2000 EMI CD 86477 digital remaster

Did you know...

...that Bryan Ferry appeared at the Live Aid festival on July 13, 1985? His backing band consisted of: Jon Carin, Michelle Cobbs, David Gilmour, Ednah Holt, Neil Hubbard, Chester Kamen, Jimmy Maelen, Marcus Miller, Andy Newmark and Fonzi Thornton. They played "Sensation," "Boys And Girls," "Slave To Love" and "Jealous Guy."


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