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Blazing Away

Marianne Faithfull

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Fully established as a dramatic, innovative singer with astonishing appeal and energy thanks to her string of excellent '80s releases, Faithfull concluded her renaissance decade with Blazing Away, an excellent live album recorded in New York's St. Anne's Cathedral. The crackerjack backing band deserves note in and of itself, including members ranging from the Band's Garth Hudson to Dr. John, plus regular collaborators Marc Ribot, Fernando Saunders, and her key partner Barry Reynolds. Faithfull and the players fit hand in glove track for track, with the emphasis on subtler arrangements and performances suiting the hushed, striking atmosphere of the performance. When the band shows its muscle, as with the snarling strut of "Guilt," there's no question of this being anything like easy listening. In general, though, the sense of cabaret meets modern nightclub dominates, with Faithfull's singing capturing the cracking tug of her vocals just so. The selection of songs ranges from the intriguingly obscure to the familiar enough -- "As Tears Go By" and "Broken English" take unsurprising bows, as does a lengthy brood on "Sister Morphine," "She Moved Through the Fair," and a commanding rip through the harrowing "Why'd Ya Do It?" There are two new numbers as well. The title track is the one song recorded in studio, with Reynolds and Saunders, plus a number of other musicians; it's got a nice steel guitar twang to it, and Faithfull tries for the high lonesome sound in her own wonderful way. Other flat-out highlights include a grand take on "Times Square" and a slow crawl through "Working Class Hero" that seethes with fire, both from the musicians and Faithfull.
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1
Les Prisons Du Roi (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:06:53

Michel Rivegauche, ComposerLyricist - JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Irving Gordon, ComposerLyricist - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer, Associate Producer - I. Gordan, ComposerLyricist

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

2
Strange Weather (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:05:18

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

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

3
Guilt (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:07:59

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

4
Working Class Hero (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:06:12

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

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

5
Sister Morphine (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:07:37

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

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

6
As Tears Go By (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:04:27

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

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

7
Why'd Ya Do It (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:06:42

JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist - Terence Philip Stannard, ComposerLyricist - Charles Frederick Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist - Heathcote Williams, ComposerLyricist

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

8
When I Find My Life (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:03:07

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

9
Ballad Of Lucy Jordan (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:05:16

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

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

10
Times Square (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:04:55

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

11
Blazing Away
00:04:12

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

12
She Moved Through The Fair (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:02:14

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

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

13
Broken English (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
00:07:38

JOE FERLA, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - HAL WILLNER, Producer - Barry Reynolds, Producer, Associate Producer, ComposerLyricist - Terence Philip Stannard, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist

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

Album Description

Fully established as a dramatic, innovative singer with astonishing appeal and energy thanks to her string of excellent '80s releases, Faithfull concluded her renaissance decade with Blazing Away, an excellent live album recorded in New York's St. Anne's Cathedral. The crackerjack backing band deserves note in and of itself, including members ranging from the Band's Garth Hudson to Dr. John, plus regular collaborators Marc Ribot, Fernando Saunders, and her key partner Barry Reynolds. Faithfull and the players fit hand in glove track for track, with the emphasis on subtler arrangements and performances suiting the hushed, striking atmosphere of the performance. When the band shows its muscle, as with the snarling strut of "Guilt," there's no question of this being anything like easy listening. In general, though, the sense of cabaret meets modern nightclub dominates, with Faithfull's singing capturing the cracking tug of her vocals just so. The selection of songs ranges from the intriguingly obscure to the familiar enough -- "As Tears Go By" and "Broken English" take unsurprising bows, as does a lengthy brood on "Sister Morphine," "She Moved Through the Fair," and a commanding rip through the harrowing "Why'd Ya Do It?" There are two new numbers as well. The title track is the one song recorded in studio, with Reynolds and Saunders, plus a number of other musicians; it's got a nice steel guitar twang to it, and Faithfull tries for the high lonesome sound in her own wonderful way. Other flat-out highlights include a grand take on "Times Square" and a slow crawl through "Working Class Hero" that seethes with fire, both from the musicians and Faithfull.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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