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Easy Come, Easy Go
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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!
Since then, Faithfull, who began her career as a pop star in the 1960s, has often floundered creatively as a recording artist.
Projects have been announced and then mysteriously scuttled ('Sex At The Top' and 'Blazing Away,' which was originally planned as an album of newly-composed material, both from the 1980s); releases such as 'A Secret Life' (1995) and 'Kiss'in Time' (2002), like the earlier 'A Child's Adventure' (1983), have been largely tepid and insubstantial; and her audience has been buried under a barrage of unfocused compilations which have endlessly recycled material from various stages of her remarkable career.
Faithfull has spoken publicly about her unhappiness with her recording history, and especially with what she sees as critical neglect.
One rarely acknowledged truth is that Faithfull's first period of fame in the 1960s bore some of her greatest contributions to Western culture. Today, and ever since their release, beautifully produced songs like 'Sally Free & Easy,' 'With You In Mind,' 'Young Girl Blues,' 'Sunny Goodge Street,' 'The Sha La La Song,' 'In The Night Time,' and 'Tomorrow's Calling' hold up amazingly well, completely and magically transporting the listener to a lost era and brooding, highly Romantic landscape.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Marianne and would buy anything she produced. Great songs. Love the gravelly voice.Published 2 months ago by Steven
She is always good, no matter, and is on top of things in general in the music world. A true survivor and real talent. A good buy!Published 16 months ago by Alan R. Dennen
Much has been made about this being a Strange Weather 2.0. The problem is that, while Marianne Faithfull's voice has been uniquely weathered for a few decades now, on Strange... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Kevin Kochanski
Like the finest wine, Marianne only improves with age. The duet with Jarvis Cocker is not too hot, but everything else is sublime. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by David Bret
Thanks for your job! CD is beautiful and service was good and fast... see youPublished on November 26, 2009 by Lorenzo Sinibaldi
not only open up your ears, but let the music seep through each and every pore of your body.
GOD: She's absolutely stunning.
Great voice, great music. Read more
Marianne Faithfull continues to amaze and impress with her showmanship and grace. An astonishing album with beautiful vocals and an impressive group of musicians.Published on November 5, 2009 by Lizzy Darcy
Poor Marianne! She needs to retire and let
fans remember her glory from days past! Didn't
care for the cd and neither did my best friend
who is a super fan! Read more