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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 (2 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DC4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After a decade and a half of recording everything from 1960s pop covers culled from the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, country music, and pensive singer/songwriters, Marianne Faithfull signed with Island Records as a reinvented new-wave punk queen. With sharpened edge at the ready, she cut 1978's Broken English, a harrowing purge of sexual jealousy and guilt, six cuts from which are featured here. Her voice, ravaged from years of excess, cracks with wasted beauty and lent tarnished experience to her tales of struggle and hopeless nostalgia. After several albums of modern pop (a healthy selection from all are included in this essential anthology), Faithfull hooked up with producer Hal Willner to record 1987's Strange Weather, adopting a new role as an ageless, bluesy chanteuse. A Perfect Stranger follows through her another collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti (1995's A Secret Life) and features six previously unreleased tracks, including a cover of John Lennon's "Isolation" and "A Waste of Time", a song she co-wrote with Steve Winwood. --Rob O'Connor

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
I became a fan of Marianne's with the first note of "As Tears Go By" 1n 1964 and she has been with me since.She is one artist I can count on to amaze me with every LP. Pefect Stranger is no exception. Bono's "Conversation on a Barstool" and Lennon's "Isolation" are stand-out tracks that you'll come back to often, while "Time's Square" from Blazing Away is simply the best thing she's ever done. This LP is an excellent sampling of all of her work from 1979 to 1995 and will not only entertain but it will make you think and sometimes astonish you with the depth of emotion that Marianne's ravished vocal cords can instill in a song. No one can sing "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" and make you believe it like Marianne. You'll never regret owning this compilation!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 May 2004
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Marianne was born into a wealthy family and didn't need a musical career. Nevertheless, she achieved a measure of success as a pop singer in the sixties, having six UK hits including four that made the top ten. During that time, she recorded four albums – two of pop music and two of folk music – but she also went from being a happy, smiley person (see the cover of Come my way, her first folk album) to an utterly unhappy person dependent on drugs. Her sixties music can be found elsewhere. This compilation focuses on her very different music from 1979 to 1995.
For most of the seventies, Marianne did not record any music such was the depth of her misery. When she started recording again, her voice was different, affected dramatically by all the drugs. She actually started again in 1977 with an album of country songs, mostly covers and three of them originally by Crystal Gayle, but it was her 1979 album, Broken English, that made the world take notice and it is then that this anthology commences.
The songs here are often melancholy, reflecting Marianne's experiences of life as a drug addict. She was past the worst but still affected by it. I find it particularly depressing because of the history. It is one thing to listen to somebody from a poor background singing about hardship – they were born into it and have made an effort to get out of it. Marianne went the other way, so her problems are, at least in part, self-inflicted. Yet there is no denying that her problems with drugs gave her music an edge.
This compilation is dominated by, but not limited to, tracks from her albums Broken English (6 tracks), Dangerous acquaintances (5 tracks), A child's adventure (3 tracks), Strange weather (6 tracks), Blazing away (4 tracks) and A secret life (4 tracks).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By c westwood on 18 May 2004
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Many apparent Greatest Hits of Marianne Faithfull merely cover her very early work, which though of interest, is nothing compared to her records including and following Broken English. Her voice, like late, late Billie Holliday, exposes the painand beauty of experience, taking the songs to a different and superior place. Some of the 80s tracks seem lacking in energy, but overall it's a well thought out introduction to her work of this period. A shame the relationship with Island didn't continue, as songs from her subsequent (and fine) albums would have worked well here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2004
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This compilation features Marianne Faithfull mark 2, concentrating on her work from the groundbreaking album Broken English to the mid 90s A Secret Life, plus some previously unreleased material.
Disc One is by far the best as it draws on the brilliant trilogy of Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances and A Child's Adventure. All her rock-pop classics are here, from the controversial Why D'ya Do It, the moving Ballad Of Lucy Jordan and the catchy Intrigue, to The Blue Millionaire. The song Tenderness from Dangerous Acquaintances is a regrettable omission.
Disc Two contains a lot of her bluesy and art-song material, like Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, plus previously unavailable numbers like her exquisite interpretation of Gloomy Sunday. My other favourites here are Ghost Dance, the later version of As Tears Go By and Times Square, which really belongs on Disc One with the rest of the tracks from A Child's Adventure. The last four tracks come from the uninspiring album A Secret Life. A better choice would have been the sorrowful song Losing.
Perfect Stranger does an excellent job of displaying the two sides of the later Faithfull - the rock legend and the torch singer. As such it deserves 5 stars. But to be frank, only Disc One deserves that. It's a matter of taste, but I can only give Disc 2 three stars. Overall, the collection is an impressive showcase of the second part of her career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ajay on 26 Dec. 2012
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Recently I bought a used copy of A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology [Box Set, Double CD] by Marianne Faithfull from Amazon U.K. Since the day we got this 2 cd set, it has virtually taken over my cd player. A superb collection of songs with great vocals, music and sensitive, grown up lyrics. I have now placed an order for another 2 CD anthology by her called The Collection. Happily there is hardly any duplication of songs among the cd's I have bought.

The Island Anthology would get my vote for the best ever collection of rock music after Farewell's and Fantasies by Phil Ochs. The first cd seems to cover the fiery, acidic, and angry songs of her youth. The second cd has songs which seem to be soaked in a subtle concoction of smoke, alcohol and a life fully and passionately lived. Marianne is iconoclastic, rebellious, tempestuous, intellectual, talented and brave. A model which went out of production in the early seventies. Marianne is one of those rare singers whose songs reflect her age and experience. You won't catch her singing teeny bopper nonsense at the age of 40+ like most of the big bad boys of rock music do!

All the tracks are really good but the one's which really stand out are:

Broken English, Witches song, Guilt, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, Working Class Hero. Why ya do it, Sister Morphine, So Sad, Blue Millionaire, Falling From Grace, Ballad of the Soldiers Wife, Strange Weather, Gloomy Sunday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
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