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Monday, April 14, 2008

Marianne Faithfull


4-14-08 Marianne Faithfull

7" (BALLAD OF) LUCY JORDAN / BRAIN DRAIN ISLAND UK WIP 6491

12" AS TEARS GO BY ISLAND UK 12IS 323

CD BLAZING AWAY ISLAND UK IMCD 207

LP BLAZING AWAY ISLAND US PR 794.1

12" BLUE MILLIONAIRE (Long Version) / (Album version) ISLAND US DMD 627

12" BROKEN ENGLISH ISLAND UK 12MF 100

LP BROKEN ENGLISH ISLAND US ILPS 9570

7" BROKEN ENGLISH / SISTER MORPHINE ISLAND UK MF 100

CD BROKEN ENGLISH / STRANGE WEATHER (Gold disc) MOBILE FIDELITY UDCD 640

7" BROKEN ENGLISH / WHAT'S THE HURRY ISLAND UK WIP 6542

12" BROKEN ENGLISH / WHY'D YA DO IT ISLAND UK 12WIP 6542

7" BROKEN ENGLISH / WHY'D YA DO IT ISLAND DE 101.249

CD CHILD'S ADVENTURE, A ISLAND US 90066.2

LP CHILD'S ADVENTURE, A ISLAND US 90066.1

CD DANGEROUS ACQUAINTENCES ISLAND UK IMCD 205

LP DANGEROUS ACQUAINTENCES ISLAND US ILPS 9648

7" FOR BEAUTY'S SAKE / INTRIGUE ISLAND JPN 7S-67

CD KISSIN TIME VIRGIN US 12009.2

7" RUNNING FOR OUR LIVES / SHE'S GOT A PROBLEM ISLAND UK IS 105

CD SECRET LIFE, A ISLAND US 524096.2

CD5 SEX WITH STRANGERS HUT UK HUTCD 147

LP STRANGE WEATHER ISLAND US 90613.1

7" SWEETHEART / STRANGE ONE ISLAND NL 103.594

7" TENDERNESS / OVER HERE ISLAND NL 103.877

CD VAGABOND WAYS IT UK ITRCD 1

CD TROUBLE IN MIND (O.S.T.) ANTILLES US 90501.2

LP TROUBLE IN MIND (O.S.T.) ISLAND V.A. US 90501.1

Yes, I have a lot of the “Island Era” of Ms. Faithfull’s releases. I am very fond of the songwriting of Mr. Barry Reynolds and arranging / playing of Mr. Wally Badarou. And MF’s not bad, either!

She never played L.A. at the time of “Broken English” – I wish she had’ve. I saw her on “Saturday Night Live” – and, unfortunately, she looked kind of ‘out of it’ – so maybe it’s OK her and her band didn’t come here in the early 80’s. I was never disappointed!

I think “Child’s Adventure” is my favorite LP of the “Island Era” – I just love “Times Square” and “Blue Millionaire”! I only recent got “Blazing Away”, her first (?) live album. I also really liked a few of her later albums, notably “Kissin’ Time” and “Sex With Strangers”. I also ‘enjoyed’ her harrowing autobiography. Either you love that voice or you don’t. I always did.

Whenever I went to Europe, I always kept my eyes open for variant editions of her 45’s, and I have quite a few of them. When I posted pictures of the picture sleeves on Flickr, it attracted a lot of attention.

I hope she’s around for a long time – singing the songs of Barry Reynolds!


2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Can't say I've always loved that voice. Of course, Broken English was my intro to MF. I love anything she's done from that point on in varying degrees. But when we found an early best of [shades of Leonard Cohen] I was appalled at the unravaged tones of the youthful Ms. Faithfull! Believe it or not, I'd never heard "As Tears Go By" by anyone but the Rolling Stones prior! Like Cohen, I find their earlier work callow and unmoving [though Cohen sure had songwriting chops even then]. Say, is that 12" extended?!

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

That would be the Broken English 12" I was failing to refer to... Still the template for Billie Jean's bassline, by the way.

7:47 AM  

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