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Marianne Faithfull's Bold Comeback Revisited,
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This review is from: Broken English (Audio CD)
Marianne Faithfull had a lucrative career in the mid-60s. I enjoy her recordings from that era very much. When her label pulled her single with "Sister Morphine" as the b-side, she was fed up. Decca did not want her singing about drugs even though she wrote the lyrics to the song. An album of covers entitled "Rich Kid Blues" was recorded in 1971 but wasn't released until 1980. A mid-70s recording contract with NEMS followed but "Dreamin' My Dreams" contained some weak tracks and the album was revamped and re-released as "Faithless". The only single that became a hit was "Dreamin' My Dreams" in Eire. Marianne Faithfull got a band together and "Broken English" was an amazing comeback for her. Her voice had deepened. It was a lived in voice with a cracked larynx but she knew how to emote with it. This two disc set is great! The second disc provides the songs as they were going to be released with a different backing track. It is very good. "Sister Morphine" was to be included but it just didn't fit in with the other songs. A 10 minute video directed by Derek Jarmen is included and the 12" versions of "Broken English" and "Why'd Ya Do It" which were played in dance clubs. This album deserves to be honoured. It was ground breaking and brought Marianne Faithfull back to recording on her terms. She is a great artist and this album has aged like fine wine.