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".