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Easy Come, Easy Go

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Easy Come, Easy Go is the 22nd album from Marianne Faithfull and was recorded in December 2007 in NYC at the famous Sear Sound recording studio. Easy Come, Easy Go is the third album of Marianne s to be produced by Hal Willner (the others being Strange Weather and Blazing away). Marianne and Hal have been close friends since they've met, back in 1982, and have worked together on many many different projects over the years, (most recently on three songs from Marianne s acclaimed last album "Before the Poison") but Easy Come, Easy Go is their first complete studio album since Strange Weather, more than 20 years ago. Like that earlier album, Easy Come Easy Go is a collection of songs written by others and interpreted by Marianne. When Strange Weather was released in 1987, it was quickly hailed as one of Marianne s finest recordings, so this time around the challenge was really high: Marianne and Hal had to make an album that was at least as good. Both artists have risen to the challenge beautifully: they achieve a timeless recording, a masterpiece. All the songs have been chosen by Marianne and Hal, and range from Billie Holiday s "Solitude" to The Crane Wife"
by current band The Decemberists. Other tracks are "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard, "Children of Stone" by Espers, the title track " Easy Come, Easy Go Blues" by Bessie Smith, Morrissey s "Dear God Please Help Me", Dolly Parton s "Down from Dover " and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club s "Salvation". Easy Come, Easy Go also includes some interesting guest vocalists; Keith Richards appears on the aforementioned "Sing Me Back Home" Antony Hegarty on "Ooh Baby Baby" and Jarvis Cocker on Sondheim s "Somewhere". Other guest appearances on the album come from Rufus Wainwright who contributes vocals to the powerful "Children of stone ' while his aunt and mother Kate and Anna McGarrigle enchant on the "The Flandycke shore". Warren Ellis plays his magic violin on 3 songs, and Nick Cave lends some vocals to "The Crane Wife". Sean Lennon and Teddy Thompson play guitar on a couple of the tracks, and Cat Power harmonizes on "Hold On, Hold On". The album was recorded live ithe oldest recording studio in Manhattan the famous Sear Sound. The arrangements are by Cohen Bernstein and Weinberg Goldstein and were done specifically for Marianne. The String and Horn sections were led by L. Picket, and the band includes Marc Ribot, Greg Cohen, Rob Burger, Barry Reynolds and Jim White. Very few takes were needed in fact some of the songs were done in a single take (London sound engineers in the 60s use to call her Marianne one take Faithfull ). Infact there are very few overdubs on this recording.

About the Artist

Marianne Faithfull's long and distinguished career has seen her emerge as one of the most original female singersongwriters this country has produced; Utterly unsentimental yet somehow affectionate, Marianne possesses that rare ability to transform any lyric into something compelling and utterly personal; and not just on her own songs, for she has become a master of the art of finding herself in the words and music of others. Marianne Faithfull's story, has of course, been well documented, not least in her entertaining and insightful autobiography FAITHFULL (1994). Born in Hampstead in December 1946 Faithfull's career as the crown princess of swinging London was launched with As Tears Go By; the first song ever written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, five albums followed whilst Marianne also embarked on a parallel career as an actress, both on film in GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (1968) and on stage in Chekhov's THREE SISTERS (1967) and HAMLET (1969) By the end of the Sixties personal problems halted Marianne's career and her drug addiction took over. Faithfull emerged tentatively in the mid-Seventies with a country album called DREAMIN' MY DREAMS (1976) but it was her furious re-surfacing on BROKEN ENGLISH in 1979 that definitively brought her back. Further new wave explorations followed with DANGEROUS ACQUAINTANCES (1981) and A CHILD'S ADVENTURE (1983). But despite her new creative vigour, Marianne was not entirely free of the chemicals that had ravaged her in the sixties. Displaying a sadness tempered by optimism, and a despair rescued by humour Marianne returned, finally clean with a collection of classic pop, blues and art songs on the critically lauded STRANGE WEATHER (1987). A live retrospective followed on BLAZING AWAY (CD&VHS 1990), which ably displayed why Faithfull has become one of the most sought after concert artists of the last 30 years.

New directions were taken on A SECRET LIFE (1995) co-written with the Italian composer Angelo Badalementi, and in her exploration of the music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht; Beginning in 1991 with her performance in the Threepenny Opera, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and continuing with 20TH CENTURY BLUES (1996). This journey concluded with her important recording of the opera THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (1998). Marianne returned to her mainstream musical career with the release of one of her most admired albums, VAGABOND WAYS in 1999. The millennium ushered in a period of renewed creative vigour that saw Marianne return to her acting career in INTIMACY (2001), MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), and her acclaimed starring role in IRINA PALM (2006) for which she was nominated at the EFA for best actress. Two acclaimed albums followed based around collaborations with other artists that put her firmly back in the rock idiom KISSIN TIME (2002) with Billy Corgan, Beck, Pulp and Blur and more successfully with PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn and Jon Brion on BEFORE THE POISON (2004). Marianne also returned to the stage in THE BLACK RIDER (2004), a Faustian musical written by old friends Tom Waits and the late William Burroughs. Health scares put Marianne out of action for much of 2005 and 2006 but in 2007 Marianne toured the world and released a second volume of memoirs detailing a more personal side of her life called MEMORIES DREAMS AND REFLECTIONS (2007).

A recent trip to the BBC archives showed that almost all Marianne's live broadcasts from the sixties had survived. In a return to the label that made her name, Decca classics will be releasing the 20 track collection MARIANNE FAITHFULL LIVE AT THE BBC in the summer of 2008. The collection includes all her early hits and many less well known recordings. Marianne is backed throughout by the Mike Leander Orchestra with guitarist Jon Mark and delivers strong confident performances that in several cases go beyond the interpretations she put down on record. Marianne's new album EASY COME, EASY GO will be released at the end of 2008. Recorded over a two week period at the historic Sear Sound studios in New York, All the songs have been chosen by Marianne and Hal. The album includes interpretations of songs from such varied artists as Billie Holiday's `Solitude', Merle Haggard's `Sing Me Back Home', Bessie Smith's `Easy Come Easy Go Blues' (the title track), Morrissey `Dear God Please Help Me' and Dolly Parton `Down From Dover'. Using a brass band and string section, the band also reunites Marianne with Marc Ribot, and Barry Reynolds. Both Marianne and Hal feel the album is one of their best to date. Marianne will also be doing some special readings throughout 2008 of Shakespeare's love sonnets, accompanied by a cello. While the defining statements of many artists are made during their early years, Marianne Faithfull continues to develop her own voice: She sets herself aside from her contemporaries in her continuing quest to explore new creative areas in a career that has always been a positive process of self-assertion.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Down From DoverMarianne Faithfull 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Hold On Hold OnChan Marshall 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. SolitudeMarianne Faithfull 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Crane Wife 3Marianne Faithfull 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Easy Come, Easy GoMarianne Faithfull 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Children Of StoneMarianne Faithfull 8:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. How Many WorldsTeddy Thompson 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. In Germany Before The WarMarianne Faithfull 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Ooh Baby BabyMarianne Faithfull 8:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The PhoenixSean Lennon 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Dear God, Please Help MeMarianne Faithfull 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Sing Me Back HomeKeith Richards 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on March 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Marianne Faithfull's new CD "Easy Come Easy Go" is a winning combination of her two most-praised albums. It offers some rock that could belong on her 1979 classic "Broken English" (though it's less synthy and more organic) - but more often sounds like her slower, low-key 1987 release "Strange Weather".

"Strange Weather" was produced by Hal Willner, and he does the same here. He plays the same role as Rick Rubin did with later-period Johnny Cash. Willner pitches hundreds of songs to her, then together they narrow it down. He hires master musicians and arrangers and does all the prep work up front, then they enter the studio and knock it out (this was recorded in 10 days). Willner gets the best out of Marianne, and I'd say this is her best album ever. Yep, it's a masterpiece. They chose great songs, and she nails every track.

The record features numerous guest stars, but they are all very much in a background capacity. If you're considering buying this because you're a fan of, say, Keith Richards or Nick Cave - be advised that they are functioning strictly as supporting players, and are very subtle and subdued. Same goes for the other guest vocalists. All are careful not to overshadow Marianne.

The only guest that's spotlighted front and center is Antony Hegarty of the band Antony and The Johnsons. My first reaction to their duet on Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby" was "What have they done"? By the third listen it became my favorite track. They radically re-invent the song, and Hegarty sings more of it than Faithfull. He's quite in demand these days - check out his "Candy Says" on Lou Reed's "live" DVD "Berlin".

"Easy Come Easy Go" has been issued worldwide on different labels in different configurations. Some versions feature an additional six tracks.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gaylen Halbert on April 3, 2009
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The March 17 review by Mike B. says it better than I can. This is a great album! I am enjoying "12 Songs For Music Lovers" so much that I am seriously considering purchasing the expensive 18 track import. The cover of the Smokey Robinson song with Antony is absolutely sublime and the last track with the barely audible Keith Richards is a wonderful closer. Today this CD is $12 on Amazon. Get it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on June 27, 2009
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For her latest album, Marianne has chosen to interpret the songs of others, and she embraces a wide spectrum of genres that, due to production brilliance, come together entirely cohesive. Thanks to Marianne and producer (I think, Director!) Hal Wilner's excellent instincts, we have a real treat of a record that showcases the Marlene Dietrich of Rock (and everything good in music) that is namely, Marianne Faithfull! Who but She could assemble this cast so grand for a record? The epitome of fabulousness is EASY COME, EASY GO! I won't go into the brilliance of every track, though I could. Pick this up and savor!--such a fine vintage and blend of contemporary and classic music!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hal Charles on January 17, 2009
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Marianne Faithfull has been a recording artist for four decades, since being discovered by Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
"Easy come easy go is her 22nd album, a collection of covers and songs written by others.
If you know M.F.' s work you are in for a treat not because you are about to hear another "Broken English", "Strange Weather" or "Before The Poison" (her three most acclaimed albums) but because you are about to be set on a sonic adventure that still carries Marianne's brand.
There are hooks, there are twists and they are grounded by her voice which is like a haunting, raspy wail that sustains the record.
The production is simple, unadorned, perfect for the songs. The arrangements are sparse, but extremely subtle and well conceived. Hardly ever do you hear an album where you feel like every note and drum beat has been placed exactly where it needs to go, with nothing extra and nothing left out.
All the songs have been chosen by Marianne and her long time friend and producer Hal Willner, according to her sensibilities and affinities, both musically and emotionally, and range from Billie Holiday's "Solitude" to "The Crane Wife 3" by current band The Decemberists.
Other tracks are "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard, "Children of Stone" by Espers, the title track "Easy Come, Easy Go Blues" by Bessie Smith, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "Ooh Baby Baby" and Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover".
They all hint at an evolution of an artist who is looking outside the comfort zone and pushes beyond the boundaries.
As usual, Marianne's interpretations are darkly poetic, her singing just cutting to the marrow of the stories she tells.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Rammelkamp on May 20, 2009
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I've always loved Marianne Faithfull, and this collection of very eclectic material shows that she still can move you with her unique
voice and the way she interprets these tunes. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform this live at the City Winery very soon after the release. The most amazing track, which I cannot stop listening to, is
the poignant and beautiful "Sing Me Back Home" on which Marianne duets with Keith Richards. This is the last track and it is haunting, and moving beyond words, every note, every nuance, the harmonies, the guitar make it one of the best recordings I have ever heard! Love this CD!
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