In days gone by there was a queen

A Fool For Love – Bryan Ferry (2002) 96 KHz/24 bit FLAC 4K Video

“A Fool For Love” was released on Bryan Ferry’s eleventh studio album Frantic, on Virgin Records in April 2002. The majority of tracks were produced by the team of Rhett Davies, Colin Good, and Bryan Ferry; David A. Stewart and Robin Trower also co-produced several tracks.

This is an update for another of my really ancient original videos. The plan was for a quick n easy update for a video that wasn’t too awful (as the early ones go) to begin with, mainly as an excuse to use a really great 96 KHz/24 bit FLAC from a vinyl needle drop….the most gloriously sounding version of this glorious track that I could find (I also have the album on the hard to find DVD-Audio) but this one sourced from vinyl really does bring the warmth and depth of the vinyl recording.

As with my updates, the goal was to try and update the original image, video and audio elements with higher quality/higher resolution files….and as usual, I ended up going a bit overboard on the thing. Definitely this is an epic tune that deserves an epic video….maybe just not quite THIS epic? LOL! All I really need is a good editor to help me dial it down, because while my brain is telling me “less is more” my heart is saying “forget that,….MORE IS MORE!” 😉 😉 Whatevs…if you know the tune I hope you enjoy the presentation…..and if you don’t know the tune, I hope the presentation opens it up and helps it become one of your new favorites! Thanks to my old friends for sticking around with me….and thanks to any newbies that might find and watch the vid.

Reviewing for AllMusic critic, Tim DiGravina wrote of the album “Some listeners might suggest that an album this varied has an identity crisis, but with [these] standout tracks as glorious as the Dylan covers and the Eno closer, Frantic is a fascinating addition to Bryan Ferry’s accomplished discography.” And reviewing for PopMatters critic, David Medsker wrote of the album “Frantic may play like a greatest hits album, with bits here recalling Boys and Girls and songs there echoing late Roxy, and it may rank in the middle to upper of the pack of his overall body of work. But it’s the most cohesive album he’s done in ages. Given how down and out he appeared to be, the fact that Frantic is more than half good is cause for joy.”

Frantic manages to touch upon virtually every musical style of Bryan Ferry’s career. Ferry has proved to be as interested in covering other artists’ material as penning original songs, and he straddles a smart mix of originals and covers here. Two brilliant Bob Dylan songs appear among the opening tracks: “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” sees a return to the eclectic, energetic experimentation of Ferry’s early albums with Roxy Music as a lush modern swirl of instruments mingles with the singer’s stylized vocals and throwback harmonica; “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” completes the Dylan pair, as Ferry intones with confidence and again takes up harmonica over Colin Good’s rolling piano. The reverent Leadbelly cover “Goodnight Irene” reimagines Ferry as a kind of blues troubadour. “One Way Love” sees the Drifters’ song reworked as a squall of distorted guitars and keyboards. Almost half of Frantic’s songs originated from late-’90s sessions with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, and Stewart is given a co-writer credit for these songs. Though the Stewart songs tend to favor edginess over songwriting, a few of them manage to break through the bombast. “Goddess of Love” is probably the best song about Marilyn Monroe since Kitchens of Distinction’s “When in Heaven,” and there’s a passing musical resemblance to that great song. “Hiroshima” works like an ominous take on Roxy Music’s synth-heavy Avalon period, with raging guitar dynamics contributed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. Roxy Music fans will find more reasons to rejoice with the superb album closer, “I Thought,” which was co-written with Brian Eno, who sings backing vocals and plays keyboards. Some listeners might suggest that an album this varied has an identity crisis, but with standout tracks as glorious as the Dylan covers and the Eno closer, Frantic is a fascinating addition to Bryan Ferry’s accomplished discography.

[Lyrics]
In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings

So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind

A crowded street
An empty train
A fool for love
You cry in vain

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

In days gone by
There was a queen
A fool for love
And all it means

Red ruby lips
Don’t touch me eyes
A fool for love
And love is blind

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

Like flowers in the rain
I’m twisted up inside
I’ll never be the same

I hear the same old lines
You played me for a fool
You really hurt my pride

A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love

In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings

So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind

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In days gone by, there was a king….Bryan Ferry’s “A Fool For Love”….video now available for view in U.S.!

Surprised to find a video I’d made many months back for Bryan Ferry’s extraordinarily beautiful “A Fool For Love” (from 2002’s Frantic) had recently became available for viewing in the U.S.   The original video was blocked nearly everywhere when I uploaded it, and the only thing I could do to salvage the effort (for U.S. and other viewers at least) was to edit the video for his alternate take of the song….far inferior (though still very cool).

This obscure track is a standout by an artist who has produced many standouts!  Hope you enjoy the effort!

[Lyrics]
In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings
So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind
A crowded street
An empty train
A fool for love
You cry in vain
A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love
In days gone by
There was a queen
A fool for love
And all it means
Red ruby lips
Don’t touch me eyes
A fool for love
And love is blind
A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love
like flowers in the rain
I’m twisted up inside
I’ll never be the same
I hear the same old lines
you played me for a fool
you really hurt my pride
A fool for love
A fool for love
A fool for love
In days gone by
There was a king
A fool for love
And all it brings
So high and wise
Could read your mind
A fool for love
And love is blind

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