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Marianne Faithfull’s 1979 comeback, Broken English, restarted a career that looked to be going nowhere. Suddenly, this passé ‘60s pop star was transcending the pleasant but artistically unchallenging singer-songwriter-country music of the ‘70s and acting every bit the angry middle-aged punk she’d become. Her life was a tough act to follow and she embraced its hard knocks with a cocky, assured delivery that gave extra power to songs like John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” and her own “Why’d You Do It” that’s as brutal and explicit a commentary on sexual jealousy as ever committed to tape. But Faithfull didn’t stop there and continued to record albums that challenged her own commitment. “Falling from Grace,” “The Blue Millionaire,” and “Running for Our Lives” were overlooked at the time, as it was her collaboration with esteemed producer Hal Willner for Strange Weather that received great attention as Faithfull recast her lot as a near cabaret singer. Further collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks) yielded more great drama from this exquisite vocalist.

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The Best from a Legend

Such are the dreams of a Lotte Lenya reborn- and as a rock & roll siren! Marianne Faithfull is a living treasure. I cannot stress how import the music on this excellent collection is in the great well of contemporary music. Faithfull's years with Island Records not only re-invented and re-vitalized her career but it gave a new distinct and brassy voice of a strong willed woman often frail and open about her imperfections. In these recordings Faithfull is the flawed champion --the once fallen star reborn-- flourishing on the fringes between a matured popular music styling, boldly experimental artistic directions and an irresistible charm behind her new husky voice. Here Marianne Faithfull came to new heights in brilliance shown on this album by strong selections from her "Broken English," "Dangerous Acquaintances," "A Child's Adventure," "Strange Weather," "Blazing Away" and "Secret Life" albums. This collection also features outtakes, alternate versions and some rare songs including the 1979 re-recording of 'Sister Morphine,' several "Strange Weather" outtakes and the haunting Brecht/Weill tune 'The Ballade of The Soldier’s Wife.' This is some of the most powerful, beautiful, abrasive, pungent, and life-changing music I have ever come across. Marianne deserves a gold star.

better then butter

It really is a good album. More old school and not for the younger audience...

a reaction to ewww

Marianne has one of the most mesmerizing emotive voices out there, if it sounds like your grandma in the shower--lucky you!


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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