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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 (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dramatico
  • ASIN: B004M8RYPU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Stations
2. Why Did We Have To Part
3. That's How Every Empire Falls
4. No Reason
5. Prussian Blue
6. Love Song
7. Gee Baby
8. Goin' Back
9. Past Present Future
10. Horses And High Heels
11. Back In My Baby's Arms
12. Eternity
13. The Old House

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL Horses And High Heels (2011 UK 13-track CD album - After 47 years of creative public life Marianne Faithfull remains one of the most unique bewitching and indeed unconventional musical artists Britain has ever produced. In those years shes grown from the quiver-voiced ing?nue of her debut single As Tears Go By to her peerless position as profoundly distinctive scorched-earth torch-singer and richly emotive song-writer as evidenced today on her 23rd solo album the sonically stunning Horses And High Heels. Recorded in New Orleans with a core of exceptional local musicians the album features eight cover versions and four original new songs co-written by Marianne four songs which feature the virtuoso guitar playing of John Porter a musician / producer friend most noted for his work with Roxy Music Eric Clapton & The Smiths. The album also includes one song with lyrics specially written for her by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness [the evocative The Old House] two cameo appearances on guitar from another old friend Lou Reed plus further cameos from Dr John and MC5s Wayne Kramer)

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Many so-called UK blues or folk singers would die for the authentic, lived-in singing voice of Marianne Faithfull. Or, to put it more succinctly, many so-called UK blues or folk singers would literally die if they tried to follow in the footsteps of this iconic survivor. For many of her contemporaries, the end of the 60s meant little more than a hangover and a change of haircut, but for the author of Sister Morphine it meant the entire, catastrophic collapse of her life. By the end of 1970 she was a homeless heroin and cocaine addict living rough on the streets of Soho after losing custody of her child and having suffered the awful accusation of being the primary cause of her own mother’s suicide attempt.

When she finally starting piecing her life back together, some snide reviews claimed that she had "permanently vulgarized" her voice. But really she had the equipment she needed to make her grand statement, 1979’s jaw dropping Broken English – a truly astonishing album, despite the terrible cost she paid in order to be able to make it.

Horses and High Heels is her first record since covers collection Easy Come, Easy Go in 2009, and its mix of originals and standards shows that the 64-year-old singer has at least partially dealt with her writer’s block of recent years. There are few men or women of any age who could convincingly cover The Twilight Singers’ drug-ravaged hymn The Stations, but Ms Faithfull does without even stretching herself. Again her voice is ideal to cope with the rueful Carole King classic, Goin’ Back. To be honest though, this reviewer could have done with more of her own songs, such as the killer title-track and Why Did We Have to Part, instead of the pointless, cabaret-style schmaltz of Past, Present and Future.

As always, she has a stellar cast of friends helping out including Lou Reed, Brother Wayne Kramer from the MC5 and Dr John to name but a few. If there is a fault with this record however, it isn’t Faithfull’s but her band’s, as the playing is perhaps just too polite and polished. For a woman of such talent, who has lived so much and seen so much, one can’t help but hope she gets the same chance Johnny Cash did with Rick Rubin before the end of her career because as good as this record is, she deserves slightly more.

--John Doran

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Recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans ("We wanted to have fun," says Marianne. "And, of course, it's cheaper than New York"), the setlist comprises nine covers, and four new songs - co-written by Marianne - which feature the virtuoso guitar playing of John Porter, a musician/producer friend most noted for his work with Roxy Music, Eric Clapton and The Smiths.
She is joined by a session band spearheaded by guitarist Doug Pettibone who is best-known for his work with Lucinda Williams.
The cover versions include a rendering of Lesley Duncan's delightful "Love Song", a rumbling rootsy take on Mark Lanegan's "The Stations" and the bar-room soul of "Gee Baby".
Of the new songs, "Why Did We Have To Part" is the obligatory break-up song, the title track has a Celtic feel, while "Prussian Love" (actually about her life in Paris) is all guitar jangle and Hammond organ.
Lou Reed plays guitar on a couple of tunes, with Dr John and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 weighing in with one apiece.
While peers such as Rod Stewart are happy to churn out lazy easy listening collections, Marianne Faithfull, wearing the trademark leathery vocal, chooses her material with care, mindful of making a connection with the song. But she has never been one to be pinned down, so this latest mix dabbles in various styles without committing.
The Stonesy blues rock of Jackie Lomax's "No Reason" and southern soul feel of her own "Prussian Blue" are professionally dispatched by her band of New Orleans musicians but Faithfull herself sounds more comfortable with the space afforded by the delicate, pastoral arrangement of "Love Song", while her deep, throaty voice brings just the right balance of sage experience and plaintive regret to the Carole King/Gerry Goffin gem "Goin' Back".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dexter on 19 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Marianne never ceases to amaze nor does she ever disappoint. This is only her 19th album in a career that's now spanned 47 years and is I think her very best. It took a few listens to settle in but when it did it's like I always knew the songs. Her voice is totally unique and she has a knack of making old songs sound like they were made for her.

Of the thirteen tracks seven are new songs and six covers of classics from the '60's. Two of the covers are the Shangri-Las 'Past, Present & Future' and 'Goin' Back' which was a hit for Dusty Springfield. Both are now sung from the perspective of a much older woman who sadly acknowledges the passing of time. Marianne puts her boots on for a stomping version of Jackie Lomax's 'No Reasons' and her take on the late Lesley Duncan's 'Love Song' is breathtaking.

Marianne co-wrote four of the new songs. 'Horses And High Heels' which mentions places where she has lived. 'Prussian Blue' with it's great but simple key changes, the haunting 'Why Did We Have To Part' and 'Eternity'. The final track 'The Old House', which was especially written for Marianne by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness, conjures up images of ghosts and forgotten memories.

At sixty-four years of age Marianne is still a force to be reckoned with. She doesn't run with the pack, she's well ahead of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 April 2015
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I have yet to be disappointed by a Marianne Faithfull album, and her 19th, released in 2011, didn't change any of that. She has always had a unique voice, which has changed over time (whiskey soaked, amd much more hauntingly raspy), but she still sounds like no other singer that I can think of. 'Horses and High Heels' might well never be ranked as one of her best works, but it will sure satisfy fans of her rock/pop recordings. There's also a lot of soul and blues, and a little jazz added in.

Seven of this thirteen tracks are cover versions of mostly overlooked 1960s pop songs, whilst the remaining six are originals, some of which Marianne co-wrote. In fact, two that she did collaborate on are actually my favourites on the album, the simple but beautiful 'Why Did We Have To Part' (which she sings with such conviction, almost like she's performing it for Mick Jagger, who knows?) and the stunning 'Prussian Blue', which, like so many of Ms. Faithfull's songs, is best played on a quiet late night. Out of all the covers, my favourite is decidedly her sublime version of Carol King's 'Goin' Back'.

I titled this review as 'Deliciously retro yet contemporary', because that's the sound of the album. 'Horses and High Heels', featuring a guest appearance on guitar from the late Lou Reed, is a powerful and unique album from an equally powerful and unique lady. Lovely retro artwork as the front cover as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Montasio on 26 Jun. 2013
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I've liked some of her albums such as Broken English and 20th Century Blues. Her studio albums have generally fantastic musicians on board, with immaculate arragements. And there's no doubt she is sophisticated and charismatic. But most of the songs on this album are pretty ordinary despite this and her voice is not as strong as it was. Love Song is a good track as is Going Back and The Old House is wistfully effective. We've seen her in concert a couple of times in the last ten years and she seems to be better live than in the studio. This album is disappointing though.
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