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Bryan Ferry- Willy Deville

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In this latest installment of Quick Flicks Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new DVD/Blu-Ray releases including Bryan Ferry's Nuits de Fourviere: Live in Lyon and Willy Deville's Live in the Lowlands.

Bryan Ferry
Nuits de Fourviere: Live in Lyon

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Ferry has an enormous catalog, both as a solo artist and with the much-revered Roxy Music, and it must at this point be quite daunting for him to pick a set list from his vast body of work. But fans should love the mix of hits, favorites, covers and a couple of obscurities that he's chosen for this show. The concert begins with a take on the Screamin' Jay Hawkins chestnut "I Put a Spell on You," very appropriate since Ferry's music tends to put listeners into a sublime trance. Favorites "Slave to Love" and "Don't Stop the Dance" follow quickly, then Ferry busts out his harmonica for a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues." Among the Roxy Music numbers are "Avalon," "My Only Love," "Love is the Drug" and surprisingly, "If There is Something" from the band's first album. Ferry's son Tara plays drums along with journeyman Andy Newmark, and the instrumental "Tara" features him and solos from sax player Jorja Chalmers, pianist Colin Good and guitarist Neil Hubbard. Ferry's big band also features four female singers and the addition of two dancing girls makes the visual presentation, along with lights and fog, almost as mesmerizing as the audio. The show closes with four covers; Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," George Harrison's "Let's Stick Together," John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" and the Sam and Dave oldie "Hold On I'm Coming."

Willy Deville
Live in the Lowlands

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Filmed about four years before Deville's death, this show from Amsterdam features a set spanning Willy's work with Mink Deville as well as his solo output. Deville's seven-piece band, featuring Kenny Margolis on keys, Freddy Roella on guitar and David Reyes on acoustic contrabass, plays War's funky "Low Rider" to open the show; at the end Deville strolls on stage, picks up his guitar and perches on the stool where he will remain for the bulk of the show and immediately has the crowd rapt with his love/hate letter to heroin, "Chieva." A little south-of-the-border seduction comes in the form of "Come a Little Bit Closer" before Willy moves into a blues groove for "Muddy Waters Rose Out of the Mississippi Mud" and "Steady Driving Man" where he also plays blues harp. Mink DeVille songs "Cadillac Walk," "Demasiado Corazon" and "Savoir Faire" are played as is favorite "Spanish Stroll." Deville also sounds great when working with outside material and here he covers Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love," Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane," the associated-with-Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe" and Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me." Bonus footage includes interview segments with Willy and other band members; all in all this film presents an excellent keepsake for fans of this very unique artist.


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