Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career spans over four decades. Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse and heroin addiction in the 1970s. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the landmark album, Broken English.
In the 1999 BBC Four program “Close Up” (first clip of five, above) Faithfull’s tumultuous life is examined in full detail — how she has become both the incredible iconoclast who has inspired such contemporary female artists as PJ Harvey, Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls), and Tori Amos (to name just a few), as well as the survivor in what has always been a male dominated industry.
From her album’s premier performance, Faithfull performs Live with the London Symphony Orchestra at St. Luke’s, London, on February 18, 2009:
Partly a collection of covers of Faithfull’s favorite songs, and partly a collection of duets — indeed, such notables as Cat Power, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Keith Richards, Sean Lennon, as well as Kate and Anna McGarrigle appear on the album — Easy Come, Easy Go is probably Marianne Faithfull’s best work since Broken English.
My favourite tracks on this 2CD album (there are 18 of them – 10 on the first disc, 8 on the second) are:
“Ooh Baby Baby”, with Antony Hegarty (originally by Smokey Robinson):
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“Black Coffee” (originally by Sarah Vaughan):
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