Blood On The Tracks – Bryan Ferry’s ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’

This is lovely and thorough perspective on a great (undiscovered by many) album. Bryan Ferry is the man. Enjoy!

The Immortal Jukebox

‘Now you would not think to look at him
But he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin
On Desolation Row’

(Bob Dylan)

‘He had made his choice, chosen Ophelia, chosen the sweet poison and drunk it. Wanting above all to be brave and kind, he had wanted, even more than that, to be loved. So it had been. So it would ever be … ‘

(Scott Fitzgerald, ‘Tender Is The Night’)

‘Can’t let go, There’s a madness in my soul tonight, Can’t let go…’

(Bryan Ferry, ‘Can’t Let Go’)

In 1978 Bryan Ferry experienced something new in his, until then, wholly successful and glittering career – failure. His fifth, and to my mind by far his best solo record, ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’ an adult work drenched in passion, paranoia and desperate desire emerged at the height of the punk era in the UK and was (apart…

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2 thoughts on “Blood On The Tracks – Bryan Ferry’s ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’

  1. Andrew

    Brian Ferry and Marcel Duchamp (Le Marchand du sel) are 2 figures worth analyzing.
    I like your content.

    As I recall, you like his solo stuff more than the Roxy days, yes?

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  2. madblog Post author

    Thank you so much!
    Oh, it would be difficult to choose one over the other. Certainly there’s more of the solo and his solo stuff allowed him to explore more territory. I so admire that, although he’s a great artist with a vast solid career of original stuff, he’s put so much effort into covering other artists’ work, and so very well.
    He’s willing to honor other artists so much of the time. There’s really nobody like him.

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