Bryan Ferry Guest DJ

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.

1. Otis Redding: That's How Strong My Love Is
2. Roxy Music: Love Is The Drug
3. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: Love Is The Drug
4. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: I Thought
5. Al Green: Let's Stay Together
6. Bryan Ferry: Make You Feel My Love
7. Aaron Neville: Tell It Like It Is
8. The Shirelles: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
9. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: Reason Or Rhyme 

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