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Faithless [Original recording remastered, Import]

Marianne Faithfull Audio CD
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Marianne Faithfull’s long and distinguished career has seen her emerge as one of the most original female singersongwriters this country has produced; Utterly unsentimental yet somehow affectionate, Marianne possesses that rare ability to transform any lyric into something compelling and utterly personal; and not just on her own songs, for she has become a master of the art of finding ... Read more in Amazon's Marianne Faithfull Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sbme Castle Us
  • ASIN: B00005OADI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreamin' My Dreams
2. Vanilla O'Lay
3. Wait For Me Down By The River
4. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
5. Lady Madelaine
6. All I Wanna Do In Life
7. The Way You Want Me To Be
8. Wrong Road Again
9. That Was The Day (Nashville)
10. This Time
11. I'm Not Lisa
12. Honky Tonk Angels

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant country album 11 Jan 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Marianne's excellent country album was first released in 1977 as Dreaming My Dreams and then reissued as Faithless the following year. It's a pure country album where the despairing cracked voice of Broken English first surfaced.
It's also a brilliant album with a very good selection of songs. Virtually every track is hit single material, from Dreaming My Dreams (a sad ballad), Jackie DeShannon's lilting Vanilla Olay, the energetic All I Wanna Do In Life and Jessie Colter's sorrowful I'm Not Lisa.
Barry Reynolds, who always inspires her best work (like on Vagabond Ways), wrote or co-wrote 4 of the songs here. My fave track of all is That Was The Day (Nashville), a wonderful weepie and an evocative story song. Faithfull fans that are not prejudiced against country muic and all country music fans will love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marianne goes Nashville 11 Feb 2006
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was first released in 1977 as Dreaming My Dreams and then reissued as Faithless the following year. It's a pure country album where the despairing cracked voice of Broken English was first displayed. And it's a brilliant album, very good selection of material. Virtually every track is hit single material, from Dreaming My Dreams (a sad ballad), Jackie DeShannon's lilting Vanilla Olay, the energetic All I Wanna Do In Life and Jessie Colter's sorrowful I'm Not Lisa. Barry Reynolds, who always inspires her best work (like on Vagabond Ways), wrote or co-wrote 4 of the songs here. My fave track of all is That Was The Day (Nashville), a wonderful weepie that e.g. Dolly Parton could never sing [... that was the day/When the coke came to Nashville/That was the day/I laughed till I cried/That was the day/All my dreams turned to ashes/Aint it funny, after all I've survived."] Faithfull fans who are not prejudiced against country music, and all country music fans will love this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARIANNE GOES COUNTRY 28 Jun 2000
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was first released in 1977 as Dreaming My Dreams and then reissued as Faithless the following year. It's a pure country album where the despairing cracked voice of Broken English was first displayed. And it's a brilliant album, very good selection of material. Virtually every track is hit single material, from Dreaming My Dreams (a sad ballad), Jackie DeShannon's lilting Vanilla Olay, the energetic All I Wanna Do In Life and Jessie Colter's sorrowful I'm Not Lisa. Barry Reynolds, who always inspires her best work (like on the recent Vagabond Ways), wrote or co-wrote 4 of the songs here. My fave track of all is That Was The Day (Nashville), a wonderful weepie that e.g. Dolly Parton could never sing [... that was the day/When the coke came to Nashville/That was the day/I laughed till I cried/That was the day/All my dreams turned to ashes/Aint it funny, after all I've survived."] Faithfull fans who are not prejudicd against country muic and all country music fans will love this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb country album 23 July 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was first released in 1977 as Dreaming My Dreams and then reissued as Faithless the following year. It's a pure country album where the despairing cracked voice of Broken English was first displayed. And it's a brilliant album, very good selection of material.

Virtually every track is hit single material, from Dreaming My Dreams (a sad ballad), Jackie DeShannon's lilting Vanilla Olay, the energetic All I Wanna Do In Life and Jessie Colter's sorrowful I'm Not Lisa. Barry Reynolds, who always inspires her best work (like on Vagabond Ways), wrote or co-wrote 4 of the songs here.

My fave track of all is That Was The Day (Nashville), a wonderful weepie that e.g. Dolly Parton could never sing [That was the day/When the coke came to Nashville/That was the day/All my dreams turned to ashes/Aint it funny, after all I've survived."] Faithfull fans who are not prejudiced against country music, and all country music fans will love this.
4.0 out of 5 stars Marianne goes country 7 Feb 2014
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that when I heard "Faithless" for the first time it took some getting used to. Marianne Faithfull's beautifully ravaged voice sounded right but the country music backing provided by The Grease Band was, at first, a bit difficult to get used to but then it hit me--"Faithless" is the comforting mirror image of the beautiful but dark "Broken English".

Contrast the cover image of this album with that of "Broken English" and you'll get a sense of the difference between both albums.

The CD issued in 1991 for the first time featured songs from BOTH versions of the album released.

Faithfull had just come back from a horrible time in her life where she was living on the street little more than a burned out junkie. There are parts of "Faithless" that also remind me of Nico's first pair of solo albums in their studied, structured contrast between her voice and the music she was performing. In much the same way here the traditional Nashville sounds of the compositions (most of the tracks were written by Nashville veteran Allen Reynolds) contrasted with Marianne's dry, croaking almost wry delivery of the lyrics. While she did try to clean up around the time she made this album, it didn't take and it wasn't until much later that she finally became clean.

There are only twelve tracks listed by amazon here but the original 1991 CD has sixteen--

1."Dreamin' My Dreams"
2."Vanilla O'Lay"
3."Wait for Me Down by the River"
4."I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
5."Lady Madelaine"
6."Somebody Loves You" (a bonus track on CD that was on the first vinyl issue of the album and deleted from the "Faithless" edition)
7."All I Wanna Do in Life"
8."The Way You Want Me to Be"
9."Wrong Road Again"
10."That Was the Day (Nashville)" (A song written by Marianne recorded exclusively for "Faithless" version)
11."This Time"
12."I'm Not Lisa"
13."Fairy Tale Hero"
14."Honky Tonk Angels" (Recorded exclusively for the "Faithless" version)
15."I'm Looking for Blue Eyes" (On the original version "Dreaming My Dreams")
16."Sweet Little Sixteen" (a previously unreleased outtake)

There is both tenderness and irony in Faithfull's delivery of the songs for this CD. The tour to support this album would result in the collaborations that were seen on her next album Broken English.

If you adjust your expectations, you'll find this is an interesting and entertaining album. It isn't the classic that followed but it has its moments of charm.
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