Bryan Ferry had the foresight to record his first ever solo performance in London back in 1974.
To commemorate this, Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 will be released by BMG in February 2020.
The show is an interesting time capsule not only because it was Ferry’s first solo show without Roxy Music, but also because it was a reschedule from a show which was blocked originally after the date 31 January 1974 had been held.
Due to a series of rock and pop shows in years prior which were marked by disorderly conduct by patrons, the esteemed hall decided to block rock acts.
The label and management for Ferry tried to assure most of the songs would be ballads, but to no avail.
The show did finally take place at the end of 1974 on 19th December.
The setlist from ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974’ is built from Ferry’s first two albums(1973’s These Foolish Things and Another Time, Another Place from 1974) and is a marked departure from the music he was performing with Roxy Music at the time.
The 14 song track list consists of fan favourites including the likes of ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’, ‘The ‘In’ Crowd’, ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’, and ‘I Love How You Love Me’ and spans his influences from the 30s, 40s and 50s, including the records that shaped him growing up and throughout his formative years.
A box set edition which offers the vinyl, the CD, is available for £120.
Box set includes
– Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1974 Casebound CD Book
– Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1974 Vinyl
– Signed & Numbered 12 x 12 Inch Art Print
– Replica Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1974 Programme
– 2 x Replica Letters
– Replica Ticket Stub
– 8 x A5 Postcards
The CD edition comes packaged as a ‘casebound book’ while if you order the vinyl from the official Bryan Ferry store, a limited quantity come with a reproduction of the original tour poster signed by the man himself. The store is also offering early pre-sale access to Ferry’s 2020 UK tour.
Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 vinyl LP
1. Sympathy For The Devil
2. I Love How You Love Me
3. Baby I Don’t Care
4. It’s My Party
5. Don’t Worry Baby
6. Another Time, Another Place
8. The Tracks Of My Tears
9. You Won’t See Me
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
11. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
12. A Really Good Time
13. The ‘In’ Crowd
14. These Foolish Things
Ferry will be on tour in 2020, “stronger through the years” as the song says.
3 March – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
5 March – City Hall, Newcastle
7 March – Palace Theatre, Manchester
9 March – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
11 March – Royal Albert Hall, London
13 March – Royal Albert Hall, London
Additional dates HERE.