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Blazing Away

22 Sep 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:12:31
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  • ASIN: B0049JIPBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,720 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "theorigandbesttriffid" on 7 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
Live albums are often regarded as poor relations to the 'proper' studio output, often wrongly. Blazing Away is an example of one of the lost treasures which are so easily overlooked this by this attitude.
It starts slowly, but gets into it's stride with Guilt, the venom starting to flow in preparation for the main course. Enter Working Class Hero, a track she has almost made her own, shame about the instrumental jazz ramblings in the middle but what do you expect from Greenwich Village session musicians (I havent Googled, I may be doing them a disservice)? Nonetheless she delivers it with true power and anger, spitting bile over the small audience. It was recorded in St. Annes Cathedral, Brooklyn, and the acoustic is utterly superb. The sound manages to be both expansive and intimate, not an easy combination.
This acoustic frames a blinding performance of Sister Morphine beautifully, Marianne projecting the emotion invoked by Jaggers masterpiece as if she was walking you round the inside of her life. Which, of course, she is. It's why we love her. The album is worth getting for this track alone. I cried.
I cried for different reasons at an enormously indifferent performance of Why D'Ya Do It though. Unfortunately this iconic track has become a cliché, and now she sings it with a happy twinkle in her eye; the bite is lost, along with Steve York's original driving bassline. One Fernando Saunders, who also co-produced, was way out of his depth here. Easily the lowest point on the album.
Lucy Jordan soon dispels the gloom (? :-) ) and Times Square is a tour de force. Another, more unexpected, highlight is an eerie lament 'She Moves Through The Fair'. This is performed solo and in total silence from the audience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2008
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On this 1990 album Marianne Faithfull tells the story of her life up to that moment in time through a series of songs that is more or less autobiographical, in front of an appreciative audience. Most tracks are long and expansive; the first ones being especially slow and mournful. This gives the musicians the opportunity to demonstrate their instrumental prowess, particularly on a track like Guilt.

A melancholy French ballad with a medieval feel opens the album, representing one of three styles found on Blazing Away: the haunting ballad full of gravitas, like the bluesy Strange Weather from the album of the same name, Sister Morphine, As Tears Go By and the traditional folk song She Moves Through the Fair.

The other styles are up-tempo rock, like Working Class Hero, Why'd Ya Do It with its beautiful accordion keyboards, this hard rocking version of Broken English, and country, represented by the terrific torch and twang of Lucy Jordan and the only studio track Blazing Away that has a thematic connection to Times Square of which this live version is magnificent; devoted fans of Faithfull ought to experience it.

This rendition is much more powerful, unhinged and stirring than the original on A Child's Adventure. That is a definite plus of this live album: the versions are sufficiently different to put the songs, like also Broken English, in a new light. For example, the notorious Why'd Ya Do It is less acerbic, done with a wink and a smile.

Blazing Away is a most atmospheric album showing Marianne at her peak in the early 90s. It includes sleeve notes where the artist explains the meaning of the songs in the context of her life. The best compilation of her later work as a rock/torch singer is Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology whilst her earlier work as a folk/pop singer is captured on The Very Best Of and Greatest Hits.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. A. J. Oswin on 12 Jan 2009
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I abhor 'live' albums - indeed, I detest them wholeheartedly. Thank God that I adore Miss Faithfull's work so much that I was eventually persauded to listen to this work of brilliance!

It shouldn't work! Marianne Faithfull in a Cathedral! It shouldn't work, but it does...it works like nothing I've ever encountered before! The ireverence is reverential....it shocks, at first, but said shock becomes something quite beautiful....words fail me here....it is so powerful, vibrant...a 'blowsy' prayer of an evening that delighted me beyond any, and all, expectation.

How I would have loved to have been at that performance! In truth, I don't envy much in life, but I've had given (albeit in retrospect)much to have witnessed this almost mystical delight....not an 'airy-fairy' mysticism either...but a full-blooded, 'got you by the throat' and 'no-holds-barred' piece of sheer magic!
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Many live CDs have a combination of poor mixing, excessive crowd noise, and often fail to either convey the spirit of the music or the atmosphere of the performance. This CD gets both of these right. The mixing of the audio is spot on, with applause from the audience in the right places and helping to build the atmosphere, but not intruding where it's not welcome. Marianne Faithfull is in fine form on this recording, and the band is positively on fire with energy and dynamism. I just wish I had discovered this gem many years ago. Highly recommended. (Just don't play the track Why D'Ya Do It? in the car with the kids in the back... You might have some difficult questions to answer.)
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