|Studio album by|
|Released||25 October 2010|
|Label||Virgin, Astralwerks (US)|
|Producer||Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Johnson Somerset|
|Bryan Ferry chronology|
|The A.V. Club||B|
Olympia is the thirteenth studio album by the British singer Bryan Ferry, released by Virgin Records on 25 October 2010. Co-produced by Ferry and Rhett Davies, Olympia is Ferry's first album of predominantly original material since 2002's Frantic.
The album features a wide range of contributors, including co-songwriter David A. Stewart of Eurythmics, Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay of Roxy Music, the electronic group Groove Armada, David Gilmour, Marcus Miller, Scissor Sisters, Nile Rodgers, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Steve Nieve, and Flea. Early in the recording process Olympia was developed as a Roxy Music project, with participation from numerous guests; however, despite the presence of other Roxy Music members at the sessions, it was released as a Bryan Ferry solo project.
The album peaked at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart.
The album features some songs previously recorded by Ferry in collaborations with other artists. "You Can Dance", a version of which appeared as "U Can Dance" on DJ Hell's 2009 album Teufelswerk, is the record's first single. A version of "Shameless" previously appeared as a collaboration with Groove Armada on their album Black Light earlier in 2010. The album also features covers of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" and Traffic's "No Face, No Name, No Number." The album came out in three versions: a standard edition with 10 songs, the "Deluxe Edition" containing two additional tracks and a DVD featuring "The Making of Olympia" documentary and a promo video for the song "You Can Dance", and the "Collector's Edition" with the 12 tracks and DVD from the Deluxe Edition as well as a second CD containing remixes and a 40-page hardback book.
In 2011 the single "Alphaville" was sent to a number of radio stations and appeared on BBC Radio 2's playlist and 106.9FM WHCR's
Reviewing for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album "Such command of mood is a tell-tale sign of a quiet perfectionist, but Olympia doesn't feel fussy; it's unruffled and casually elegant, its pleasing familiarity reflecting the persistence of an old master honing his craft." And reviewing for Rolling Stone, Jon Dolan wrote of the album "Ferry could do a record with the Star Wars cantina band and it would come out pretty much the same: a bunch of lush, languorous Euro-glam ballads about love's labour's lost, all of them slathered in a sexy-vampire croon that makes lines about being 'faithfully entwined in a shameless world' seem like some deep shit."
|1.||"You Can Dance"||Bryan Ferry, David A. Stewart||4:29|
|3.||"Heartache by Numbers"||Ferry, Jason Sellards, Scott Hoffman||4:56|
|4.||"Me Oh My"||Ferry||4:30|
|5.||"Shameless"||Ferry, Andy Cato, Tom Findlay||4:36|
|6.||"Song to the Siren"||Tim Buckley, Larry Beckett||5:56|
|7.||"No Face, No Name, No Number"||Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood||4:40|
|8.||"BF Bass (Ode to Olympia)"||Ferry, Phil Manzanera||4:09|
|9.||"Reason or Rhyme"||Ferry||6:52|
|10.||"Tender Is The Night"||Ferry, Stewart||4:35|
|11.||"Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"||John Lennon||3:19|
|12.||"One Night"||Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steiman||4:00|
|13.||"DVD ("The Making of Olympia" and "You Can Dance" promo video)"|
|1.||"You Can Dance" (Fred Falke mix)||7:08|
|2.||"Alphaville" (Time and Space Machine mix)||7:06|
|3.||"Heartache by Numbers" (Circus Parade mix)||7:27|
|4.||"Me Oh My" (DJ Cleaver mix)||Ferry||6:42|
|5.||"Shameless" (Still Going mix)||8:12|
|6.||"BF Bass (Ode to Olympia)" (West End Wolf mix)||9:21|
|7.||"Reason or Rhyme" (Instrumental)||6:54|
- Bryan Ferry - vocals, piano, keyboards
- David Williams, Nile Rodgers, Oliver Thompson, David A. Stewart, Neil Hubbard, David Gilmour, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Manzanera, Chris Spedding, Merlin Ferry - guitar
- Marcus Miller, Flea, Gary "Mani" Mounford, Andy Cato - bass
- Colin Good, Steve Nieve - keyboards
- Brian Eno - synthesizer
- Andy Newmark, Tara Ferry, Emily Dolan Davies - drums
- Frank Ricotti - percussion
- Aleysha Gordon, Hannah Khemoh, Sewuese Abwa, Alice Retif, Katie Turner, Ruby Turner, Me'sha Bryan, Shar White - chorus
- John Monkman, Robin "Radar" Rimbaud, Chris Mullings - electronics
- Anthony Pleeth - cello
- Perry Montague-Mason, Emlyn Singleton - violin
- Vicci Wardman - viola
- Andy Mackay - oboe
- Simon Willey - engineer
- Bob Clearmountain - mixing
- Adam Whitehead - photography
- Kate Moss - cover model
- John Galliano - couture
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