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|The Ultimate Collection|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||7 November 1988|
|Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music chronology|
The Ultimate Collection is a compilation album by Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, first released in 1988.
Unlike the 1986 compilation album Street Life , which was predominantly Roxy Music material, The Ultimate Collection focuses more on Ferry's solo career. It includes the previously unreleased track "He'll Have to Go", which was released as a single by Ferry in 1989, and the track "Help Me" which had only been released as a single in the US in 1986.
The album peaked at number 6 in the UK and has been certified triple platinum by the BPI.
(All songs written by Bryan Ferry, except where noted)
Note: Some versions of the CD had alternate ordering of the tracks, with Dance Away being #15 instead of #3.
|Australian (ARIA Charts)||9|
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||3× Platinum||900,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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