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A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology

Marianne Faithfull

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Because more than half of the 35 songs on this two-disc retrospective of Marianne Faithfull's 1979-95 output come from her three great albums -- Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, and Strange Weather -- or are previously unreleased outtakes or B-sides from them, A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology makes a fine primer to Faithfull's often challenging, always mesmerizing (or would that be always challenging, often mesmerizing?) music. "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife," her solid contribution to 1985's Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill, is also included, giving Faithfull's hauntingly tragic voice the resonance and attention it demands. Weill and Faithfull seem made for each other, as the bulk of the second disc (comprised of songs from her 1990 live album and the underachieving A Secret Life, as well as the career-capping Strange Weather) makes clear. But there's also a strain to some of these tracks, as if Faithfull's aesthetic wandering eventually will bring her to that elusive cabaret of her dreams. On her best recordings, it indeed sounds like she's home.
© Michael Gallucci /TiVo

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1
Broken English
00:04:34

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Terence Philip Stannard, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group International

2
Witches' Song
00:04:43

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Charles Frederick Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Guilt
00:05:08

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
00:04:09

Shel Silverstein, ComposerLyricist - Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Vocals, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

5
Working Class Hero
00:04:40

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Why'd Ya Do It
00:06:41

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Terence Philip Stannard, ComposerLyricist - Charles Frederick Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist - Heathcote Williams, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Sister Morphine (12" Version)
00:06:04

KEITH RICHARDS, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1979 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Sweetheart
00:03:15

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Intrigue
00:04:29

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Ben Brierley, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
For Beauty's Sake
00:03:30

Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
So Sad
00:04:30

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Truth, Bitter Truth
00:07:20

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Dave Courts, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

13
The Blue Millionaire (Long 12 Inch Version)
00:08:22

Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Wally Badarou, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Producer

℗ 1983 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Falling From Grace
00:03:52

Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Wally Badarou, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer - Harvey Goldberg, Producer - Ben Brierley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Running For Our Lives
00:04:43

Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Wally Badarou, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Producer

℗ 1983 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
The Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife
00:04:22

Kurt Weill, ComposerLyricist - Bertolt Brecht, ComposerLyricist - Chris Spedding, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Sharon Freeman, Conductor - David Greenberg, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul M. Young, Producer

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Trouble In Mind (The Return)
00:04:21

Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Mark Isham, Producer - Richard M. Jones, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
00:03:04

AL DUBIN, Author - Harry Warren, Composer - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1987 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Yesterdays
00:05:19

Jerome Kern, Composer - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Otto Harbach, Author - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1987 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Strange Weather
00:04:14

Tom Waits, ComposerLyricist - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Kathleen Brennan, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Gloomy Sunday
00:03:13

Sam M. Lewis, Translator - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Rezsoe Seress, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Javor Laszlo, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Hello Stranger
00:02:30

Doc Pomus, ComposerLyricist - Dr. John, ComposerLyricist - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1987 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
As Tears Go By (1987 Version)
00:03:45

Andrew Loog Oldham, ComposerLyricist - KEITH RICHARDS, Author - MICK JAGGER, Author - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1987 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music Group

9
A Perfect Stranger
00:04:47

Fernando Saunders, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Conversation On A Barstool
00:04:16

Fernando Saunders, Producer - Bono, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - The Edge, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
A Waste Of Time
00:05:02

Fernando Saunders, Producer - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Isolation
00:03:11

Fernando Saunders, Producer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer

℗ 1998 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Blazing Away
00:04:10

Fernando Saunders, Producer - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

14
When I Find My Life (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:03:01

JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Times Square (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:04:36

JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

16
Ghost Dance (Album Version)
00:03:44

Ron Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Don Was, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Brady, Recorder, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Kaye, ComposerLyricist - KEITH RICHARDS, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - PATTI SMITH, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1994 The Island Def Jam Music Group

17
Sleep
00:03:34

Gary Chester, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Badalamenti, Conductor, Producer, Artist, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Frank McGuinness, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Love In The Afternoon
00:03:29

Gary Chester, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Badalamenti, Conductor, Producer, Artist, ComposerLyricist - Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Bored By Dreams
00:03:07

Gary Chester, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Badalamenti, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
She
00:03:22

Gary Chester, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Badalamenti, Conductor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Because more than half of the 35 songs on this two-disc retrospective of Marianne Faithfull's 1979-95 output come from her three great albums -- Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, and Strange Weather -- or are previously unreleased outtakes or B-sides from them, A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology makes a fine primer to Faithfull's often challenging, always mesmerizing (or would that be always challenging, often mesmerizing?) music. "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife," her solid contribution to 1985's Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill, is also included, giving Faithfull's hauntingly tragic voice the resonance and attention it demands. Weill and Faithfull seem made for each other, as the bulk of the second disc (comprised of songs from her 1990 live album and the underachieving A Secret Life, as well as the career-capping Strange Weather) makes clear. But there's also a strain to some of these tracks, as if Faithfull's aesthetic wandering eventually will bring her to that elusive cabaret of her dreams. On her best recordings, it indeed sounds like she's home.
© Michael Gallucci /TiVo

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