Marianne Faithfull - Songs Of Innocence And Experience 1965-1995 (2CD)

Marianne Faithfull - Songs Of Innocence And Experience 1965-1995 (2CD)
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2CD - Tracks remastered from the original tapes by the Grammy nominated compiler Andrew Batt, who also contributes sleeve notes. Also included are many rare and unseen images from the original album and single photo shoots.

London, July 22nd 2022. UMC announce the release of Songs of Innocence and Experience 1965-1995, the definitive overview of the first 30 years of Marianne Faithfull’s recording career on the Decca and Island labels. Out today is a previously unreleased alternate take of Donovan’s ‘Sunny Goodge Street’ recorded for Marianne’s 1966 LP North Country Maid, this track is 1 of 5 previously unreleased recordings.

Released on September 16th, the 2xLP / 2xCD collection is the first Marianne Faithfull compilation since 2001’s ‘An Introduction to…’ and the first to contain rare and unreleased material since the Island Anthology ‘A Perfect Stranger’ in 1998. 22 of the 28 tracks on the LP are making their first appearance on vinyl or first appearance since their original release, and on the 2xCD set, 9 recordings are making their cd/digital debut.
Serving as both a primer to the uninitiated and a rarities collection for those already converted, this collection features all of Marianne’s notable singles, which are often represented in collectible 12” and 7” versions. Particularly rare is the original issue of her final Decca 7” ‘Something Better’ / ‘Sister Morphine’; subsequent releases used different masters, but these original recordings have been unavailable since 1969.

Further unreleased tracks are live versions of ‘Brain Drain’ and ‘The Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ recorded during Marianne’s now legendary performance at St Anne’s in Brooklyn, highlights of which were released on the 1990 album Blazing Away. This collection also includes 2 previously unheard songs; a traditional blues ballad ‘I’m In Love Again’ cut during the Strange Weather sessions in 1987 and ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ written by Lou Reed and Rubén Blades which Marianne recorded for an abandoned studio album in 1989.

The title Songs of Innocence and Experience acknowledges Marianne’s poetic influences with its reference to the work by William Blake, whilst also reflecting the change in style from the orchestral folk-pop and high pure voice of Marianne’s ‘60s career to her new wave punk influenced comeback at the end of the 70s with Broken English which featured her now trademark fractured vocals.

The front cover features a hand drawn pencil image by Lithuanian artist Aistė Stancikaitė, commissioned exclusively this for the project and the packaging also contains many rare and unseen images taken from the original album and single photo shoots. The collection has been remastered from the original tapes by the Grammy nominated compiler Andrew Batt, who also contributes sleeve notes.

CD1
1. Come And Stay With Me
2. What Have They Done To The Rain?
3. Once I Had A Sweetheart
4. Come My Way [version 2]
5. Go Away From My World
6. This Little Bird
7. Nuit D’ été [‘Summer Nights’ French Version] First time on CD
8. Yesterday (live on the BBC)
9. Cockleshells (live on the BBC)
10. Green Are Your Eyes
11. Sally Free And Easy
12. Sunny Goodge Street [alternate take] Previously unreleased recording from North Country Maid sessions
13. The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face) [Faithfull Forever version] First time on CD
14. With You In Mind
15. Hang On To A Dream [Loveinamist outtake]
16. Young Girl Blues
17. Hier Ou Demain (from the film Anna) First time on CD
18. Is This What I Get For Loving You?
19. Don’t Make Promises
20. Something Better (Original 7” version) First time on CD
21. Sister Morphine (Original 7” version) First time on CD
22. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
23. Chords of Fame
24. The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan [original mix]
25. What’s The Hurry [original mix]

CD2
1. Broken English [7” remix version]
2. Why D’ya Do It ? [12” version]
3. Over Here (No Time For Justice) [‘Sweetheart’ 7” B-side] First time on CD
4. Intrigue [7” version] First time on CD
5. Truth Bitter Truth [7” version] First time on CD
6. Falling From Grace
7. Running For Our Lives [7” Version) First time on CD
8. She’s Got A Problem
9. I’m In Love Again - Previously unheard song from the Strange Weather sessions
10. Strange Weather
11. As Tears Go By [re-recorded Strange Weather version]
12. A Stranger On Earth
13. The Calm Before the Storm - Previously unheard song from abandoned 1989 album
14. When I Find My Life (Live)
15. Brain Drain (Live) Previously unreleased recording from the Blazing Away concert

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