SD 18216 In Your Mind
Produced by Bryan Ferry and Steve Nye
Released on February 1977
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #126
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H ere’s proof positive that if you listen to something long enough, you learn to like it. At first, In Your Mind struck me as a disappointment (as it has many before and since); actually, a disappointment with an asterisk. With Roxy Music mort, Bryan Ferry not merely invited but rolled out the red carpet for comparisons to his former band by writing all-new material for In Your Mind. No longer cloaked under cover material, Bryan Ferry’s solo work was stacked up next to the groundbreaking music of Roxy and found wanting, causing more than a few critics to muse that the album was little more than Roxy Music lite. And initially I shared that perspective, but in the absence of anything else in Bryan Ferry’s subsequent catalog that even remotely resembles vintage Roxy, I’ve returned to In Your Mind often, looking for a glimmer of the original genius. At first, I was won over by “One Kiss,” a remarkable love song that nearly replicates the magic mood of “Heart On My Sleeve” thanks in large part to Phil Manzanera’s plaintive guitar. Next, the easy sway of “Rock of Ages” wove its magic, suggestive of Siren if less noisy. And soon I was spotting sparks everywhere: the delicious chorus on “Tokyo Joe,” the moody and exotic “Love Me Madly Again” (presaging parts of Manifesto), the cheerful cracking of Ferry’s voice on “All Night Operator.” However, that all took time; it takes a fraction of the effort to declare Let’s Stick Together the penultimate party platter, Avalon a haunting and sophisticated work, These Foolish Things a fiendish wolf in sheep’s clothing. In other words, every Bryan Ferry album requires some faith, but In Your Mind requires a lot of it. At eight songs it’s a little light, the arrangements pedestrian (relative to Roxy Music anyway), the backing band familiar but not the creative foils they could have been, and the whole thing feels like Boys and Girls minus the shiny polish. That’s my objective opinion; subjectively I’d say it’s worth picking up, since the difference between the ghost of Roxy and a pale imitation is simple semantics.

SD 18216 back cover
SD 18216 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. THIS IS TOMORROW    3:36
  2. ALL NIGHT OPERATOR    3:07
  3. ONE KISS    3:36
  4. LOVE ME MADLY AGAIN    7:25
  5. TOKYO JOE    3:54
  6. PARTY DOLL    4:32
  7. ROCK OF AGES    (Bryan Ferry/Chris Thomas)    4:29
  8. IN YOUR MIND    5:16

    All songs by Bryan Ferry unless noted

CREDITS

BRYAN FERRY --
Dyan Birch --
Doreen Chanter --
Helen Chappelle --
Frankie Collins --
Mel Collins -- horn arrangements
Ray Cooper --
Martin Drover --
Preston Hayward --
Neil Hubbard --
Phil Manzanera --
Paddie McHugh --
Chris Mercer -- horn arrangements
Ann Odell -- string arrangements
Morris Pert --
John Porter --
David Skinner --
Chris Spedding --
Jacquie Sullivan --
Paul Thompson --
John Wetton --
Steve Nye -- engineer
Geoff Haslam -- special thanks
Bill Price -- special thanks
John Punter -- special thanks
Chris Thomas -- special thanks
Monty Coles -- photograph
Nicholas de Ville -- design
Bob Bowkett -- artwork

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1977 Polydor LP/CS 2302 055 lyric sleeve
US/CAN February 1977 Atlantic LP/CS SD 18216 lyric sleeve
AUS'L/NZ/EUR 1977 Polydor LP 2310 502 lyric insert
GER   Polydor LP 2344 060 inner sleeve
JPN 1977 Polydor LP MPF-1054 lyric insert
YUG   RTB LP LP5674  
US   Atlantic LP SD 18216 reissue wo. picture sleeve
JPN   EG Records LPPRO 25VB-1157 lyric insert
EUR 1999 EMI CD 847604 digital remaster
US March 28, 2000 Virgin CD 47604 digital remaster
JPN 2002 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-53303  

 

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