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This week, host Bob Boilen sits down with Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry to chat about the universal allure and importance of love songs. Ferry has had a long and transformative career, beginning with his years in the rock group Roxy Music, to a solo career that's spanned forty years and fourteen albums.

Though Ferry has long had a well-earned reputation for being a romantic crooner, he tells Bob "it's always easier for me to write the sad songs and sing the sad songs. The moments I feel more creative are when I'm feeling introspective and maybe a bit sad. It's rather a lonely occupation, writing songs."

Ferry recently released his innovative and completely surprising new album, The Jazz Age, which re-imagines classic Roxy Music tracks, as well as songs from Ferry's solo career, as 1920s-era instrumental jazz songs. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we'll hear a few of those songs, along with some of Ferry's personal (and sometimes heartbreaking) favorites, from artists such as Otis Redding, Aaron Neville, The Shirelles and Al Green.

Valentine's Day With Bryan Ferry

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Otis Redding

  • Album: Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding
  • Song: That's How Strong My Love Is
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  • "That's How Strong My Love Is"
  • Album: Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding
  • Artist: Otis Redding
  • Label: Rhino
  • Released: 1993
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Roxy Music

  • Album: Siren
  • Song: Love Is The Drug
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  • "Love Is The Drug"
  • Album: Siren
  • Artist: Roxy Music
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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Song: Love Is The Drug
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  • "Love Is The Drug"
  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Artist: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • Label: BMG Rights Management
  • Released: 2012
 
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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Song: I Thought
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  • "I Thought"
  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Artist: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • Label: BMG Rights Management
  • Released: 2012
 
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Al Green

  • Album: Let's Stay Together
  • Song: Let's Stay Together
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  • "Let's Stay Together"
  • Album: Let's Stay Together
  • Artist: Al Green
  • Label: JVC Compact Discs
  • Released: 1972
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Bryan Ferry

  • Album: Dylanesque
  • Song: Make You Feel My Love
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  • "Make You Feel My Love"
  • Album: Dylanesque
  • Artist: Bryan Ferry
  • Label: Virgin
  • Released: 2007
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Aaron Neville

  • Album: Greatest Hits
  • Song: Tell It Like It Is
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  • "Tell It Like It Is"
  • Album: Greatest Hits
  • Artist: Aaron Neville
  • Label: Curb
  • Released: 1990
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The Shirelles

  • Album: 16 Greatest Hits
  • Song: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
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  • "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
  • Album: 16 Greatest Hits
  • Artist: The Shirelles
  • Label: Deluxe
  • Released: 1988
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  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Song: Reason Or Rhyme
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  • "Reason Or Rhyme"
  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Artist: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • Label: BMG Rights Management
  • Released: 2012
 

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