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Editors’ Notes

At the onset of her singing career in the mid-‘60s, Marianne Faithfull possessed a voice nearly virginal in its execution. A protégé of Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Odlham, Faithfull played up her teen-idol status with an unusual sense of class and sophistication despite the wide-eyed innocence of her public persona. While “As Tears Go By” attempts to reflect a life lived, it’s actually the sound of a young girl just getting started. The irresistible song hooks made for seductive pop and her excellent choice in material — “This Little Bird,” “Summer Nights,” “Come Stay With Me,” “With You In Mind,” and “In My Time of Sorrow” — make this a collection of succinct and action-packed examples of a naive era. It all comes to a harrowing close with her scary drug admission, “Sister Morphine,” where her pop ebullience is replaced with the sobering realities that would haunt her in the coming decade. Throw in a few hits of the day — “Yesterday,” “Monday Monday” — and you’ve got an eclectic sampling of the era.

Customer Reviews

the only one

this is the best collection you can buy in the US of MF's innocent and sad early work. evidence of her brilliance at such an early age.

Marianne Faithfull Greatest Hits

The original London label record is still in my collection. This present album is beautifully re-mastered, and true to that original, with one exception. "Sister Morphine" was not part of that first recording,and detracts from the charm and innocence that were so evident in the first pressing.

wow

Although I am currently the 16 and did not grow up in the 60s, Marianne Faithfull strikes me as a fascinating singer with a beautiful and captivating voice. I have grown fond (thanks to my father) of singers such as Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Nana Mouskouri. All of these women, in my personal opinion have the most beautiful vocals and I think of Marianne Faithful as a part of that group. However, I do not like her post 60s material. I have listened to some songs but her vocals have been destroyed for reasons I will not mention. Overall, the songs on this album catch the purity of Marianne Faithfull's voice.

Biography

Born: December 29, 1946 in Hampstead, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few stars of the '60s reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. Coaxed into a singing career by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964, she had a big hit in both Britain and the U.S. with her debut single, the Jagger/Richards composition "As Tears Go By" (which prefaced the Stones' own version by a full year). Considerably more successful in her native land than the States, she had a series of hits in the mid-'60s that set her high, fragile voice against delicate orchestral...
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