Boys and Girls (album)
Boys and Girls is the sixth solo studio album by the English singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry, released in June 1985 by E.G. Records. The album was Ferry's first solo album in seven years and the first since he had disbanded his group Roxy Music in 1983. The album was Ferry's first and only number one solo album in the UK. It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and contains two UK top 40 hit singles. It is also Ferry's most successful solo album in the US, having been certified Gold for sales in excess of half a million copies there.
|Boys and Girls|
|Studio album by|
|Released||3 June 1985|
|Studio||AIR Studios, Hampstead, London; Compass Point Studios, New Providence, The Bahamas; Effanel Mobile; RPM Studios, New York; Sarm West Studios, London; The White House, New South Wales, Australia; The Power Station, New York |
|Bryan Ferry chronology|
|Singles from Boys and Girls|
The album contained the track "Slave to Love," which became one of Ferry's most popular solo hits. The single was released on 29 April 1985 and spent nine weeks in the UK charts in 1985, peaking at number 10, along with the other (modestly successful) singles "Don't Stop the Dance" and "Windswept".
The guitar solo at the end of "Slave to Love" featured Neil Hubbard and the album featured other famous guitarists such as the Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd's guitarist David Gilmour, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and Bryan Adams' guitarist Keith Scott.
The eponymous closing track Boys and Girls was used in the season 2 episode Bushido of the television series Miami Vice.
The album was remastered and re-released in 2000, and was also re-released on the SACD format in 2005.
Writing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett complimented the track "Slave to Love" and wrote "As a whole, Boys and Girls fully established the clean, cool vision of Ferry on his own to the general public. Instead of ragged rock explosions, emotional extremes, and all that made his '70s work so compelling in and out of Roxy, Ferry here is the suave, debonair if secretly moody and melancholic lover, with music to match."
Critic Robert Christgau wrote "His voice thicker and more mucous, his tempos dragging despite all the fancy beats he's bought, he runs an ever steeper risk of turning into the romantic obsessive he's always played so zealously."
The 1992 edition of the Rolling Stone Album Guide gave the album three and half stars out of five: "Set in the richly synthesized mode of Avalon, Ferry's sixth album envelopes the listener in emotional subtleties and sonic nuance. Then it's over like a pleasant dream. Boys and Girls could stand a couple of more tunes along the memorable lines of "Slave to Love" or "Don't Stop the Dance." The 2004 New Rolling Stone Album Guide repeated the three and half star rating; "Boys and Girls, his first solo album after Roxy Music broke up, was his disco-friendly bid for solo stardom, and while it's too fluffy, it does have one of his greatest love songs ever, the hypnotic slow-dance "Slave to Love." 
2006 surround-sound remixEdit
In 2006, Virgin reissued Boys and Girls on Hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) with a new 5.1-channel surround sound remix by the original production team of Rhett Davies (the producer) and Bob Clearmountain (the mixing engineer). The original 1985 stereo mix is left intact and is the same for the CD layer and for the HD layer, allegedly being transferred from analogue master tapes to DSD and processed in DSD throughout.
All songs written by Bryan Ferry except as noted.
|2.||"Slave to Love"||4:26|
|3.||"Don't Stop the Dance"||Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies||4:19|
|4.||"A Waste Land"||1:02|
|6.||"The Chosen One"||4:51|
|9.||"Boys and Girls"||5:25|
- Bryan Ferry – lead vocals, keyboards
- Guy Fletcher – keyboards
- David Gilmour – lead guitar
- Omar Hakim – drums
- Additional personnel
- Neil Hubbard – lead guitar
- Chester Kamen – lead guitar
- Mark Knopfler – lead guitar
- Nile Rodgers – lead guitar
- Keith Scott – lead guitar
- Tony Levin – bass guitar
- Neil Jason – bass guitar
- Marcus Miller – bass guitar
- Alan Spenner – bass guitar
- Jon Carin – keyboards
- Andy Newmark – drums
- Jimmy Maelen – percussion
- David Sanborn – saxophone
- Martin McCarrick – cello
- Anne Stephenson – strings
- Virginia Hewes – backing vocals
- Ednah Holt – backing vocals
- Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals
- Ruby Turner – backing vocals
- Alfa Anderson – backing vocals
- Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals
- Yanick Etienne – backing vocals
- Colleen Fitz-Charles – backing vocals
- Lisa Fitz-Charles – backing vocals
- Simone Fitz-Charles – backing vocals
- Rhett Davies – recording engineer
- Bob Clearmountain – recording engineer, mixing engineer
- Neil Dorfsman – recording engineer
- Femi Jiya – recording engineer
- Dominick Maita – recording engineer
- Brian McGee – recording engineer
- Andy Lydon – recording engineer
- Benjamin Armbrister – assistant engineer
- Carb – assistant engineer
- Steve Churchyard – assistant engineer
- Randy Ezratty – assistant engineer
- Dave Greenberg – assistant engineer
- Kevin Killen – assistant engineer
- Heff Moraes – assistant engineer
- Peter Revill – assistant engineer
- Kendal Stubbs – assistant engineer
- Robert Ludwig – mastering engineer
- Simon Puxley, Bryan Ferry - art direction
- Antony Price - photography
Sales chart performanceEdit
|1985||UK Album Charts||1 |
|1985||US Billboard 200||63 |
|1985||Australia (Kent Music Report)||13 |
|1985||Canadian RPM Top Albums Chart||11 |
|1985||"Slave to Love"||UK Singles Charts||10 |
|1985||"Slave to Love"||Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||19 |
|1985||"Don't Stop the Dance"||UK Singles Charts||21 |
|1985||"Don't Stop the Dance"||Billboard Adult Contemporary||26 |
|1985||"Don't Stop the Dance"||Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||30 |
|1985||"Windswept"||UK Singles Charts||46|
Certifications and salesEdit
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||7,500^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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