SD 18187 Let's Stick Together
Produced by Chris Thomas and Bryan Ferry
Released on September 1976
UK CHART POSITION #19 . . . US CHART POSITION #160
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SD 18187 cover
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B ryan Ferry stuck some of his earlier, alternate takes of Roxy’s classics (which had previously appeared as B sides) alongside terrific new covers and packaged the whole thing as Let’s Stick Together. Not only does this blend together seamlessly (even though “2 HB” was recorded three years earlier), but it represents the single finest argument for Ferry’s fascination with cover material. Tracks by the Everly Brothers, The Beatles and Wilbert Harrison are never far from a sweet saxophone or guitar solo, the icing on these cool confections. But the album would have been little more than a box of creme-filled candies without the chewy interpretations of Roxy nuggets like “Casanova” (delivered here with devilish detachment), “Re-make/Re-model” and a corporeal “2 HB.” By reconciling Ferry’s work with Roxy Music alongside his solo persona as the re-visionary romantic, Let’s Stick Together offers that rare two-dimensional picture of the enigmatic artist. For my money, hearing Bryan bulldoze through “Shame, Shame, Shame” (and whip out a harmonica solo!) and melt over “Heart On My Sleeve” are indelible moments in music. Past interpretations of Bob Dylan have been challenging, the leisure suit donned for “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” et cetera impeccably tailored, but rarely has the end result been enjoyable in its own right. Let’s Stick Together is different; here, the listener can enjoy Ferry’s voice for what it is rather than what it’s not. For Roxy Music fans crossing over, this is Ferry’s smoothest ride.

SD 18187 back cover
SD 18187 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. LET'S STICK TOGETHER    (Harrison)    3:00
  2. CASANOVA    (Bryan Ferry)    2:45
  3. SEA BREEZES    (Bryan Ferry)    6:10
  4. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME    (Reed)    3:15
  5. 2 HB    (Bryan Ferry)    3:50
  6. THE PRICE OF LOVE    (Don & Phil Everly)    3:25
  7. CHANCE MEETING    (Bryan Ferry)    3:35
  8. IT'S ONLY LOVE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    3:45
  9. YOU GO TO MY HEAD    (Gillespie/Coots)    2:50
  10. RE-MAKE/RE-MODEL    (Bryan Ferry)    2:40
  11. HEART ON MY SLEEVE    (Gallagher/Lyle)    3:30

CREDITS

BRYAN FERRY -- vocals, keyboards, harmonica
CHRIS MERCER -- tenor sax
CHRIS SPEDDING -- guitar
PAUL THOMPSON -- drums
JOHN WETTON -- bass
Vicky Brown -- chorus
Doreen Chanter -- chorus
Helen Chappell -- chorus
Mel Collins -- soprano sax
Martin Drover -- trumpet
John Gustafson -- bass (10)
Neil Hubbard -- guitar (2)
Eddie Jobson -- violin, synthesizer
Phil Manzanera -- guitar (10)
Paddie McHugh -- chorus
Ann Odell -- string arrangement (4)
David O'List -- guitar (7)
Morris Pert -- percussion
John Porter -- bass (5)
Jacqui Sullivan -- chorus
Martha Walker -- chorus
Rick Wills -- bass (3)
Steve Nye -- engineer
John Punter -- engineer
Richard Wallis -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1976 Island LP ILPS 9367  
US/CAN September 1976 Island LP/CS SD/CS 18187  
AUS'L 1976 Island LP L36046  
JPN 1976 Island LP ILS-80725 lyric insert
NET 1976 Island LP 27953XOT  
UK August 1984 Polydor LP 2302 045  
UK 1984 Editions EG LP/CD EGLP/EGCD-24  
JPN   Polydor LP MPF-1102 lyric insert
US   Reprise LP/CD/CS 26084  
GER 1988 EG Records LP 611 657 213  
WW September 2, 1991 EMI CD 786478  
  1999 EMI CD 847 603  
US March 28, 2000 Virgin CD 47602 digital remaster
JPN 2002 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-53302 lyric sleeve

 

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