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Marianne Faithfull

Few stars of the '60s have reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. Coaxed into a singing career by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964, she had a big hit in both Britain and the U.S. with her debut single, the Jagger/Richards composition "As Tears Go By" (which prefaced the Stones' own version by a full year). Considerably more successful in her native land than the States, she had a series of hits in the mid-'60s that set her high, fragile voice against delicate orchestral pop arrangements: "Summer Night," "This Little Bird," and Jackie DeShannon's "Come and Stay with Me." Not a songwriter at the outset of her career, she owes more of her fame as a '60s icon to her extraordinary beauty and her long-running romance with Mick Jagger, although she offered a taste of things to come with her compelling 1969 single "Sister Morphine," which she co-wrote (and which the Stones later released themselves on Sticky Fingers).

In the '70s, Faithfull split up with Jagger, developed a serious drug habit, and recorded rarely, with generally dismal results. This occurred until late 1979, when she pulled off an astonishing comeback with Broken English. Displaying a croaking, cutting voice that had lowered a good octave since the mid-'60s, Faithfull had also begun to write much of her own material, and addressed sex and despair with wrenching realism. After allowing herself to be framed as a demure chanteuse by songwriters and arrangers throughout most of her career, Faithfull had found her own voice, and suddenly sounded more relevant and contemporary than most of the stars she had rubbed shoulders with in the '60s. Faithfull's recordings in the '80s and '90s were sporadic and erratic, but generally quite interesting; Strange Weather, a Hal Willner-produced 1987 collection of standards and contemporary compositions that spanned several decades for its sources, was her greatest triumph of the decade. In 1994, she published her self-titled autobiography; the biography As Tears Go By by Mark Hodkinson is an objective and thorough account of her life and times.

Faithfull returned to recording in 2002 with Kissin' Time, an eclectic collection of songwriting collaborations with Beck, Damon Albarn, Billy Corgan, Jon Brion, and Jarvis Cocker, among others. In 2004, Before the Poison was released in the U.K., making its entrance into the U.S. market in early 2005. This album continued in the vein of its predecessor, with songwriting and production contributions from PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Brion, and Albarn, but with far more consistent results. Faithfull and Willner released Easy Come Easy Go in 2008, an all new collection of typically eclectic covers from the likes of Morrissey, the Decemberists, Billie Holiday, Black Rebel Motorcycle, and Dolly Parton. Faithfull and Willner re-teamed for 2011's Horses and High Heels, a collection of covers and originals recorded at the famed Piety Street studio in New Orleans. The album features the talents of local musicians including renowned guitarist John Porter, as well as cameos by Dr. John, Lou Reed, and Wayne Kramer. ~ Richie Unterberger & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Great
Well put nothing shakin. Marianne still has taken us down those same roads along with her thru her music. Any person who has heard sing can only connect and be moved by it.
She sings like she's been where we shouldn't have to go. I love her for it.
Listening to Bored By The Dreams: one of her finest songs. MF has been a close (musical) friend of mine for many years, and any day that doesn't fetaure one of her songs is that little bit lacking.
akaneprince
Legends are ALL we have. Fernando rocks the rebel world and Lou Reed lives forever...th a n k Marianne Faithful for being soooo beautiful and talented in your own right.
PTC (Tony Thunder Smiths brother)
akaneprince
Legends are we have...

PTC
Nintendo
Many mom
kvons1
WAS---WAS--- W A S
I studied with Mariane Faithful at Naropa Institute (now University) back in 1988 i think or 1991 in Boulder, she had like rock star status you know compared to all these other teachers: arcane poets, beatnics. I was Ginsburg's TA, well first his fan/student/ a s s i s t a n t / c o m p a n i o n / l o v e r (in that order and not overlapping) , so I was blessed with the good fortune of dining with the faculty and that sort of thing and that's where I met Mariane Faithful, very intimate compared to red carpet. lucky me
I love her voice, and think she's drop-dead gorgeous.
love!
WORD
kowrom11
Why don't they have her 1967 album? My two favorite songs of hers are on that album. (In the night time, good guy)
lovely
There seems to be a lot of important albums that Pandora does not have.
I like it when they get there in the end. Good voice.
Her voice has changed since the 60's, it's more gravel now, but I still love her. Her rendition of Lennon "Working Class Hero" is awesome, I think it's the best cover ever.
Richard - love "Times Square" one of my favorites by her.
I love this. I did not even knoow it existed.
chauncey58ny c
Shocking that Pandora would neglect to mention the album "A Child's Adventure" which contains the fantastic "Times Square"
but good cleavage...s r y
she sounds horrible no smokers allowed!
her new CD is awesome!
Just found out about her, absolutely amazing her voice has a very unique quality.
in my youth she always had a joni mitchell quality about her,to a lesser degree stevie nicks(that smokers or at least husky vocal). too, on a more vulnerable level, jonttha brooks or even shawn colvin
mkcorio
awesome. raw, reminiscent of the 60's.
tmccormick8
can't deal with what sounds like a smoker's voice . . . I remember her from the `70s and liked her voice then but now, not so much.
She also adds a haunting ending to Metallica's "The Memory Remains".
erno8
my spirit is absolutely in love with this womans voice. How I would inhale the dreams of her singing breath.
Marianne it has been a long time since we hung out. Massachusett s in the late 1980's. GOD Bless
smokeyoke
Love the music and the words,but the voice isn't my kind of voice...Sorr y . . .
haunting quality about her voice

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