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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.

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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
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Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding
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Otis Redding
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Rhino
Released
1993

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Roxy Music

  • Album: Siren
  • Song: Love Is The Drug

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Love Is The Drug
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Siren
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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Song: Love Is The Drug

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Love Is The Drug
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Jazz Age
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BMG Rights Management
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2012

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The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Song: I Thought

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I Thought
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Jazz Age
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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
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Let's Stay Together
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Al Green
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JVC Compact Discs
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1972

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Bryan Ferry

  • Album: Dylanesque
  • Song: Make You Feel My Love

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Make You Feel My Love
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Dylanesque
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Bryan Ferry
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Virgin
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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
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Greatest Hits
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Aaron Neville
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Curb
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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
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16 Greatest Hits
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The Shirelles
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Deluxe
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1988

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  • Album: Jazz Age
  • Song: Reason Or Rhyme

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