Boys and Girls (album)

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Boys and Girls
Studio album by Bryan Ferry
Released 3 June 1985 (1985-06-03)
Recorded 1983-1985 at 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 [1]
Genre Pop Rock, Art rock, Soft Rock, Synthrock, Synthpop
Length 38:24
Label E.G.
Producer Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies
Bryan Ferry chronology
The Bride Stripped Bare
(1978)
Boys And Girls
(1985)
Bête Noire
(1987)
Singles from Boys and Girls
  1. "Slave to Love"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  2. "Don't Stop the Dance"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  3. "Windswept"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]
Rolling Stone (equivocal)[4]

Boys and Girls is the sixth studio solo album by Bryan Ferry, the lead vocalist for Roxy Music. This studio album was Ferry's first solo album since the second demise of Roxy Music in 1983. The album was released in 1985 by E.G. Records. The album remains Ferry's only number 1 solo album in the UK [5] 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.

The lush arrangements and synthesizer-drenched sound of Roxy Music's album, Avalon found its way onto this album and is often called "Avalon II".

The album contained the track "Slave to Love," which was one of Ferry's most popular solo hits. The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 9 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[6] and the album featured other famous guitarists such as the Dire Straits' guitarist Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd's former guitarist David Gilmour, Chic's guitarist Nile Rodgers and Bryan Adams guitarist Keith Scott.

The album was remastered and re-released in 2000, and was also re-released on the SACD format in 2005.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, the album was often well conceived by many critics, and sold very well, Writing for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett highly complimented the track Slave to Love and wrote for the album "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."[7]

In the album review by critic Robert Christgau he wrote that "[Ferry's] voice [is] thicker and more mucous, his tempos [are] dragging despite all the fancy beats he's bought, [but] he runs an ever steeper risk of turning into the romantic obsessive he's always played so zealously."[8]

2006 surround-sound remix[edit]

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 the process.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bryan Ferry except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Sensation"   5:07
2. "Slave to Love"   4:26
3. "Don't Stop the Dance" (Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies) 4:19
4. "A Waste Land"   1:02
5. "Windswept"   4:31
6. "The Chosen One"   4:51
7. "Valentine"   3:47
8. "Stone Woman"   4:56
9. "Boys and Girls"   5:25
Total length:
38:24

Personnel[edit]

A promotional poster for the album.
Additional personnel
Engineering
  • 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

Sales chart performance[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1985 UK Album Charts 1 [5]
1985 Billboard 200 63 [9]

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1985 "Slave to Love" UK Singles Charts 10 [5]
1985 "Slave to Love" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 19 [10]
1985 "Don't Stop the Dance" UK Singles Charts 21 [5]
1985 "Don't Stop the Dance" Billboard Adult Contemporary 26 [10]
1985 "Don't Stop the Dance" Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 30 [10]
1985 "Windswept" UK Singles Charts 46

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPIUK Gold June 5, 1985 (1985-06-05) [11]
BPI – UK Platinum October 29, 1985 (1985-10-29) [11]
RIAAU.S. Gold February 18, 1993 (1993-02-18) [12]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Our Favourite Shop by The Style Council
UK number one album
June 15, 1985 – June 28, 1985
Succeeded by
Misplaced Childhood by Marillion

External links[edit]