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BBC MARCH 16, 2010 - by Ian Youngs

FERRY FINDS HIS OWN GROOVE

Roxy Music star to release his version of Groove Armada collaboration

Bryan Ferry, who contributed vocals to a track on the latest Groove Armada album, is to release his own version of their song on his next solo record.

The dance outfit enlisted the Roxy Music frontman for the track Shameless, which appeared on their sixth album Black Light.

They met Ferry through a mutual friend and Groove Armada's Tom Findlay said the veteran singer "wasn't sure" about hooking up with them at first.

"He'd never done a collaboration before, he keeps his own counsel and he's quite circumspect," he told 6 Music news.

"We sent him a few tracks and the actual song he really liked, he recorded the vocal on it and then we totally changed the backing track because we thought his vocal needed something else." But Ferry liked the original so much that he decided to keep that version for himself, Findlay revealed.

"This track's going to appear in two different forms - one on our album and one on his new album, which is coming out this summer." Ferry's version will be called Shameless (Rock 'N Roll Desire).

The alliance between the acts will continue when Roxy Music headline Groove Armada's Lovebox festival in London's Victoria Park in July.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers are also among the stellar cast on Ferry's solo record.

So is his former Roxy Music bandmate Brian Eno - but Ferry has stressed that Eno is not rejoining the band. The album is due out in September.

The group, featuring Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera, instrumentalist Andy Mackay and drummer Paul Thompson, will also headline Bestival on the Isle of Wight and Sonar in Spain.


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