The Best Of Marianne Faithfull 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection

The Best Of Marianne Faithfull 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection

by Marianne Faithfull


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There is no shortage of Marianne Faithfull collections, but the compact, digitally remastered, 11-track 20th Century Masters set comes close to being the best document of her post-comeback period, which began with 1979's Broken English. That addictively eccentric album is well-represented here with the title track, Shel Silverstein's "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan," and John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" making up the three leadoff tracks. Faithfull's '80s versions of "Sister Morphine" (which she co-wrote with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) and "As Tears Go By" are also here, along with her exotic cover of Patti Smith's "Ghost Dance" and the anti-ballad "So Sad." Faithfull's witchy voice is a spellbinding instrument that makes every song an expressionistic experience. The whiskey-soaked "Trouble in Mind" and the Tom Waits-penned "Strange Weather," both from Faithfull's jazz-dabbling period, are perfect vehicles for her moribund-melody delivery. For a best-of collection, there is an almost thematic coherence as the singer lowers the gloom-and-angst shroud like few other vocalists can. Songs like the aptly titled "Sleep" are so sparse and devoid of momentum they seem to exist in a psychic netherworld that only the singer herself can fully comprehend. The one wild card is the dance-funk of the 12" version of "The Blue Millionaire" (which Faithfull co-wrote and originally released in shorter form on 1983's A Child's Adventure). Complete with brass bursts, croon harmonies, and the sardonically ironic line "There is no such thing as the wrong man," Faithfull still manages to get the voodoo in there. This is a seductive collection from a true original. Long before Stevie Nicks twirled her shawl, there was Nico and Marianne Faithfull.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498069516
catalogNumber: 000114602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marianne Faithfull   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Saxophone,electronics
Paul Brady   Recorder
Steve Winwood   Musician
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Charlie Watts   Drums
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone
Darryl Way   Musician
Steve York   Musician
William Schimmel   Accordion
Barry Reynolds   Guitar,Vocals
Denis Haines   Musician
Angelo Badalamenti   Conductor
Ben Brierley   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Frank Collins   Musician
Mel Collins   Musician
Jim Cuomo   Musician
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Neil Hubbard   Musician
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Guy Humphries   Musician
Jim Leverton   Musician
Clifton Morrison   Musician
Morris Pert   Musician
Keith Richards   Guitar
Fuzzy Samuels   Musician
Fernando Saunders   Bass
Chris Stainton   Musician
Terry Stannard   Drums
Pickford Sykes   Musician
Peter Veitch   Musician
Don Was   Bass
Kurt Wortman   Percussion
Peter Mannu   Guitar
Rafael de Jesus   Percussion
Dyane Spenner   Musician
Diane Birch   Musician
Julie Digle   Musician
Martin Droves   Musician
Jo Mavety   Musician

Technical Credits

Shel Silverstein   Composer
Wally Badarou   Composer,Producer
Marianne Faithfull   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Steve York   Composer
Barry Reynolds   Composer,Producer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Angelo Badalamenti   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Mike Gibbs   String Arrangements
Harvey Goldberg   Producer
Lenny Kaye   Composer
Mark Miller Mundy   Producer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer,Producer
Patti Smith   Composer
Terry Stannard   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Hal Willner   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Frank McGuiness   Composer
Dave Thompson   Liner Notes

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