In Your Mind

In Your Mind

by Bryan FerryBryan Ferry


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With Roxy Music set aside for the time being, Ferry took the solo plunge with an album of totally original material. As such, the underrated In Your Mind makes a logical follow-on from Roxy's Siren, especially since usual suspects -- Thompson, Manzanera, Wetton, and many more -- assist him in the brief eight-song effort. While lacking early Roxy's long-gone freakouts In Your Mind still burns more fiercely than both the later solo and group albums, at least on certain tracks - like Siren, it balances between rockier and smoother paths, most often favoring the former. Ferry's lyrics remain in his own realm of intelligent, romantic dissipation, and are some of his best efforts. The strong opener "This Is Tomorrow" starts with Ferry and keyboards before moving into a big, chugging full band arrangement and a wistful chorus: "This is tomorrow callin'/Wish you were here." When Ferry aims for a calmer mood, rather than stripped-down melancholia, he lets everyone play along. Sometimes the arrangements almost swamp the songs, but "One Kiss'" combination of female backing vocals, sax, and straight-up rock for instance, make it a great woozy, end-of-the-night singalong before the bars close. There are a few blatant misfires -- "Tokyo Joe" has the chugging, dark funk
ock beat down cold, but the lyrics play around too much with Asian stereotypes (and let's not mention the opening gong and all too obvious attempts at "atmosphere" via the strings). On balance, though, In Your Mind remains the secret highlight of Ferry's musical career, an energetic album that would have received far more attention as a full Roxy release.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/1999
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724384760427
catalogNumber: 8476042
Rank: 27235

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bryan Ferry   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Phil Manzanera   Guitar,Musician
John Wetton   Bass,Violin,Vocals,Musician
Chris Spedding   Guitar,Musician
Ann Odell   Musician
Dyan Birch   Vocals,Musician
Doreen Chanter   Vocals,Musician
Helen Chappelle   Vocals,Musician
Frank Collins   Vocals,Musician
Mel Collins   Flute,Horn,Saxophone,Musician
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Musician
Martin Drover   Horn,Musician
Preston Hayward   Musician
Neil Hubbard   Guitar,Musician
Paddy McHugh   Vocals,Musician
Chris Mercer   Horn,Saxophone,Musician
Morris Pert   Musician
John Porter   Bass,Guitar,Musician
Dave Skinner   Piano,Musician
Jacquie Sullivan   Vocals,Musician
Paul Thompson   Drums,Musician

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Producer
Ann Odell   Contributor,String Arrangements
Dyan Birch   Contributor
Doreen Chanter   Contributor
Helen Chappelle   Contributor
Frank Collins   Contributor
Mel Collins   Horn Arrangements
Preston Hayward   Contributor
Paddy McHugh   Contributor
Chris Mercer   Horn Arrangements
Steve Nye   Producer,Engineer
Morris Pert   Contributor
John Porter   Contributor
Dave Skinner   Contributor
Jacquie Sullivan   Contributor
Bob Bowkett   Artwork
Nicholas Deville   Contributor
Helen Chapelle   Contributor

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