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North Country Maid

Marianne Faithfull

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Faithfull was still known primarily as a pop singer when she put out North Country Maid, but this is in fact very close to a pure folk album, with a bit of influence from pop, rock, blues, and jazz. Largely overlooked even by Faithfull fans, it's actually a quite respectable effort, and probably her best LP (other than greatest-hits compilations) from the time when her voice was still on the high side. Ably backed by sessionmen including guitarists Jon Mark and Jim Sullivan, she interprets mostly traditional material on this record, including "She Moved Through the Fair," "Wild Mountain Thyme," "Sally Free and Easy," and "Scarborough Fair." There are some mid-'60s covers too, though, including Donovan's "Sunny Goodge Street" and Tom Paxton's "Last Thing on My Mind." Sometimes, when the bass gets prominent and the arrangements swing, this isn't too far from early Pentangle, as unexpected as that comparison is. The use of sitar on "She Moved Through the Fair" and "Wild Mountain Thyme" is adventurous, and she sings pretty well throughout, with dignity and purity if not utmost imagination or grit. The 1990 CD reissue on Deram U.K. adds three worthwhile bonus tracks: "The Most of What Is Least" (from a 1965 EP) and alternate versions of "Come My Way" and "Mary Anne" (the originals of which had appeared on her 1965 album, Come My Way).
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1
Green Are Your Eyes
00:02:56

Mick Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Leander, Producer - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Bert Jansch, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Scarborough Fair
00:03:04

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Arranger, Recording Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Cockleshells
00:03:15

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

4
The Last Thing On My Mind
00:02:15

Mike Leander, Producer - Tom Paxton, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist

℗ 1965 Decca Music Group Limited

5
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
00:03:54

Mike Leander, Producer - Sebastiaan Koolhoven, Translator - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ewan MacColl, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

6
Sally Free And Easy
00:02:51

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Cyril Tawney, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Sunny Goodge Street
00:03:19

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Donovan Leitch, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

8
How Should I Your True Love Know
00:01:17

Mike Leander, Producer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist

℗ 1965 Decca Music Group Limited

9
She Moved Thru' The Fair
00:03:07

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, Author - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Arranger, Recording Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Padraic Colum, Composer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

10
North Country Maid
00:02:34

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Arranger, Recording Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Lullaby
00:02:40

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Wild Mountain Thyme
00:03:38

Mike Leander, Producer - Mike Taylor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Francis McPeake, ComposerLyricist - Jon Mark, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Wells, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 1966 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Faithfull was still known primarily as a pop singer when she put out North Country Maid, but this is in fact very close to a pure folk album, with a bit of influence from pop, rock, blues, and jazz. Largely overlooked even by Faithfull fans, it's actually a quite respectable effort, and probably her best LP (other than greatest-hits compilations) from the time when her voice was still on the high side. Ably backed by sessionmen including guitarists Jon Mark and Jim Sullivan, she interprets mostly traditional material on this record, including "She Moved Through the Fair," "Wild Mountain Thyme," "Sally Free and Easy," and "Scarborough Fair." There are some mid-'60s covers too, though, including Donovan's "Sunny Goodge Street" and Tom Paxton's "Last Thing on My Mind." Sometimes, when the bass gets prominent and the arrangements swing, this isn't too far from early Pentangle, as unexpected as that comparison is. The use of sitar on "She Moved Through the Fair" and "Wild Mountain Thyme" is adventurous, and she sings pretty well throughout, with dignity and purity if not utmost imagination or grit. The 1990 CD reissue on Deram U.K. adds three worthwhile bonus tracks: "The Most of What Is Least" (from a 1965 EP) and alternate versions of "Come My Way" and "Mary Anne" (the originals of which had appeared on her 1965 album, Come My Way).
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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