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Broken English [Deluxe Edition]

Marianne Faithfull Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B008YBOGVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Broken English
2. Witches' Song
3. Brain Drain
4. Guilt
5. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
6. What's The Hurry?
7. Working Class Hero
8. Why'd Ya Do It
9. Witches Song/ The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan/ Broken English
Disc: 2
1. Broken English
2. Witches' Song
3. Brain Drain
4. Guilt
5. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
6. What's The Hurry
7. Working Class Hero
8. Why'd Ya Do It?
9. Sister Morphine
10. Broken English
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

Re-mastered and expanded deluxe version of Marianne Faithfull’s 1979 debut album for Island Records, Broken English.

Disc One contains the original album as an enhanced disc which also features the short 12 minute film specially commissioned for the album release and directed by Derek Jarman. It’s basically three promotional videos for "Witches Song", "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" and "Broken English", featuring unique footage of Marianne spliced together with stock footage and some of Derek Jarman’s trademark Super-8 film. This is the first time that this film has ever been commercially available.

Disc Two contains the entire original mix of the album which was thought to have been lost but surfaced during the tape research for this Deluxe Edition. Also included are a re-record of "Sister Morphine" only previously available on the Marianne Faithfull anthology, Perfect Strangers and four bonus tracks in the form of the 7" and 12" mixes of "Broken English" and "Why’d Ya Do It ?", which appear on CD for the very first time.

Product Description

DELUXE EDITION : 2CD set. Digitally remastered in 2013! Pivotal 1979 album reissued with 13 BONUS tracks including the complete original mix and alternate versions, plus CD-ROM of a 12-minute short film from director Derek Jarman.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blonde Aggression 24 Oct 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Although the boundaries have shifted in the decades since this album’s release, Broken English has lost none of its trenchant appeal. And despite Courtney Love and many angry grrrl groups using explicit lyrics, Why d’Ya Do It? still sounds fresh, perhaps because it originally was written as a poem by Heathcote Williams. Her version of Lennon’s Working Class Hero sounds as sharp as ever, while the brooding title track is still relevant today. On the melodic side, Lucy Jordan has become quite a standard and could easily be considered a country weepie, while Witches Song remains eerie and anthemic. The sound is typical 80’s rock with tight musicianship supporting this classic monument to decadence and despair. This is probably her best selling album of all time for all the wrong reasons! The other two works from the same period, A Child’s Adventure and Dangerous Acquaintances, are equally excellent and will richly reward the listener. Nevertheless, Broken English stands tall as a masterpiece of broken taboos, subversive poetics and timeless songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic slice of the 70s 18 May 2004
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This album astonished listeners when released, and still has the power to shock. The classic sound that ties it to label mates like Grace Jones is still fresh, particularly on the opener and title track, Broken English. The instrumentation is bare and pure, leaving space for Marianne's voice - much changed since her last major outing on record - to enchant and beguile. Her voice is like nothing you've heard, but is all the better for it - like late, late Billie Holliday, though you feel the pain you also feel the experience, and it takes the songs to a different and superior place. A classic slice of the 70s.
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I first heard this album 15 years ago in my late teens and all I could hear was depression.Now in my mid thirties I realise that it is depressing in one sense but it puts into words and music all the feelings and emotions that we all feel at some point. This album is not to be listened to when you are feeling right in the gutter but when you are on the way back up. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan is not only haunting but beautifully orchestrated. Buy this album and try it and ignore the twee music that Marianne produced in the 60's because this is different gravy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue decadence 17 Feb 2011
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Although the boundaries of the permissible have shifted since this album's release, Broken English has lost none of its trenchant appeal. And despite many female artists now using explicit lyrics, Why d'Ya Do It? still sounds fresh, perhaps because it originally was written as a poem by Heathcote Williams.

Her version of Lennon's Working Class Hero sounds as sharp as ever, while the brooding title track is still relevant today. On the melodic side, Lucy Jordan has become quite a standard and could easily be considered a country weepy, while Witches Song remains eerie and anthemic. The sound is typical 80's rock with tight musicianship supporting this classic monument to decadence and despair.

Marianne discusses the recording of Broken English in her autobiography Faithfull; Brain Drain was co-written by the tragic singer-songwriter Tim Hardin who might have inspired the title of Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding.

This is probably her best selling album of all time for all the wrong reasons! The other two works from the same period, Child's Adventure and Dangerous Acquaintances, are equally excellent and will richly reward the listener. Nevertheless, Broken English stands tall as a masterpiece of broken taboos, subversive poetics and timeless songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marianne at her best 6 April 2014
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'm old enough to remember Marianne's hits first time round. Her high pitched and relatively naive renditions that took her into the charts. Then followed a descent into drug abuse and personal difficulty and she arise, reinvented.

For me, this album epitomises every strength she has. It's filled with heartbreaking soul, her voice, much changed, delivering the heartfelt emotion behind every word. She doesn't need soaring strings. This is spare and often beautiful prose, put to music. A couple of tracks bring tears to my eyes every time I hear them and this is an album I'll love forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic 25 Feb 2013
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Simply one of the best records that Marianne has ever made. A breakthrough record at the time of first release and still sounds fresh today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting a classic 16 Feb 2013
By Brain
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I always thought the original had great songs with too much production.Typical 80's.Now the stripped back version on disc 2 has become my favourite.Nice extra's from singles too and Derek Jarman short that has not been seen very often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 10 Feb 2013
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Marianne Faithfull went off of my radar after the 60s when she produced some pretty songs, but was better known for being Mick Jagger's "other half" and being at the Stones drug bust. But in the back of my mind for many years there has been her song used as in the film Thelma and Loiuse, which I just loved the lyrics of. I now know it is called The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.

Then I watched a TV documentary about women singers, which included coverage of this album, said to be her best, and produced after a very dodgy period in her life. So, out of curiosity I went onto Amazon and listened to the samples, with the idea of probably buying the one song I remembered. I was blown away. What a fantastic album. Why have I not heard of it before? The answer to that last question is that, by 1979 when this album came out, I was no longer is the swinging 60s listening to music, but was struggling with a busy job, kids and a mortgage!

Marianne is not a "good" singer in the purist sense, but, on this record it shows that she is very good at interpreting thoughtful songs. This is a brilliant album, more fitting to be thought of as one produced in the 60s, in its feel. But it is an album that I suspect she could never have produced in the 60s because it seems to be all about her feelings of what happened to her during and after her 15 minutes of fame. And the bitterness and cynicism is there to be heard, although they do not spoil the album.

I am glad I have been able to add this one to my collection under the growing head of "ones I missed first time around".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent recording, quick delivery and good price.
Published 21 days ago by Mr J. E. White.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought for a mate , she loves it
Published 26 days ago by fanny squelch
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken English.
Very Seventies! A fair few expletives. It's not bad!!
Published 27 days ago by Ticktock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this album, her voice is so beauty, deep and catch you immediately
Published 1 month ago by PAOLO CERIOLI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have always loved this album, used to own it on record, recommended to all fans
Published 2 months ago by Mrs R I Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, no short film
Bought this as a Xmas present for my husband. Great timeless album. But cannot find or play short film. Have tried DVD player and PC. Any advice please? X
Published 8 months ago by marty
5.0 out of 5 stars broken english
raw and brutal recording of what her life must have been like at the time.amazing she survived . a true classic.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
3.0 out of 5 stars someone elses order
having ordered this for someone else,(not in my collection).it's okay i suppose ,wouldn't buy it myself not my taste in music!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 9 months ago by steve chamberlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
One of the great singers of the 1960s, some great tracks, I remember the songs from when I was young!
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Peter D. Lush
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Brilliant from one of our all time best. How very lucky to have been born into the same generation as Marianne.
Published 15 months ago by jenny S
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