bryan ferry these foolish things cover photo 26082-2 These Foolish Things
Produced by Bryan Ferry, John Porter & John Punter
Released on October 5, 1973
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26082-2 cover
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K ronomyth 1.0: THE BOGUS MINSTREL. Queen Syrenia sat in her stone chair, caressing a grecian urn of Elvis with hands loitering at the loved handles in quiet lament, when what should shake her sequined kingdom but the sound of the bard, too once beloved, being strangled in the mouth of Bryan with a why, doom-crooner of the ages. Could this be the same BF of stargazed schoolgirls, their nouveau jeans marked by late-night kneeling at the shrine of le Strand, he on whom the future so much depended like a lipstick-red wheelbarrow hauling manna over the scorched earth of meaningless sixties pop? Just as the bard’s mad prophecy ended, the wheelbarrow tips over to reveal that the Bogus Minstrel has been carefully picking up despised pieces of pop music along the way--Lesley Gore, the Paris Sisters, the Beatles and the Stones—with the intent of Heaven only knows. Ferry’s first is disturbing: “Sympathy For The Devil,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” It’s romantic: “These Foolish Things,” “Don’t Worry Baby.” It borders on being tasteless: “It’s My Party,” “Piece of My Heart.” Yet, lost in a moment, perhaps in the closing minutes, the urn falls absentmindedly from regal fingers and rolls unheard into some dusty corner, where it watches in silent envy as a new shape assumes its pedestal, one with a continental flair for trendmaking and trailblazing. Like the emperor’s new album, we adjust our tastes, convinced that Ferry’s must be the finer palate. Had we spit out “River of Salt” in haste, or missed the mystery of “I Love How You Love Me?” Or was the new king of pop merely a junk collector at heart? It still eludes me today, this enigmatic entrance. Whatever angle you’re coming from, urn for a big surprise.

26082-2 booklet back cover
26082-2 booklet back cover


  1. A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL    (Bob Dylan)    5:20
  2. RIVER OF SALT    (Irving Brown/Bernard Zachery/Jan Zachery)    1:48
  3. DON'T EVER CHANGE    (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)    2:15
  4. PIECE OF MY HEART    (Bert Berns/Jerry Ragavoy)    3:06
  5. BABY I DON'T CARE    (Jerry Lieber/Mike Stoller)    1:52
  6. IT'S MY PARTY    (Herbert Wiener/Wally Gold/John Gluck)    1:58
  7. DON'T WORRY BABY    (Brian Wilson/Roger Christian)    4:13
  8. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL    (Mick Jagger/Keith Richard)    5:51
  9. THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS    (Smokey Robinson/Marvin Tarplin/Warren Moore)    3:05
  10. YOU WON'T SEE ME    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:32
  11. I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME    (Larry Kolber/Barry Mann)    3:02
  12. LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER    (Ivy Jo Hunter/Stevie Wonder)    3:06
  13. THESE FOOLISH THINGS    (Holt Marvell/Jack Strachey/Harry Link)    5:42


BRYAN FERRY -- voice & occasional piano
ROGER BALL -- alto & baritone saxes, horn arrangements
MALCOLM DUNCAN -- tenor sax
EDDIE JOBSON -- violin, keyboards & synthesizer
HENRY LOWTHER -- trumpet
JOHN PORTER -- guitars & bass
The Angelettes -- backing vocals
Jessie Davis -- backing vocals (1,8)
Phil Manzanera -- guitar solo (10)
Robbie Montgomery -- backing vocals (1,8)
Ruan O'Lochlainn -- alto solo (11)
Steve Nye -- engineer
John Punter -- engineer, additional drums (7,8)
Nicholas de Ville -- cover design
Karl Stoecker -- photography

UK October 5, 1973 Island LP ILPS 9249 inner sleeve
US/CAN October 5, 1973 Atco LP SD 7304  
JPN 1973 Island LP ILS-80184  
NET 1973 Island LP 87266-IT  
AUS'L/NZ 1974 Island LP L35015  
US   Atco LP SD-7304 reissue w. barcode
JPN   Polydor LP MPF-1121  
JPN 1981 Polydor LP MPF-1339  
UK 1984 Polydor LP 2302 046  
UK 1984 EG CD EGCD-9  
US 1984 Reprise CD/CS 26082-2/4  
AUS'L   Polydor LP 2310 507  
GER   Polydor LP 2344 063  
JPN   EG LP 25VB-1154  
UK 1999 Virgin CD FERRYCDX-1 digital remaster
US March 28, 2000 Virgin CD 47598 digital remaster
JPN 2002 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-53300  
JPN 2007 Virgin CD VJCP-68812 digital remaster


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