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Easy Come, Easy Go
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Easy Come, Easy Go is the 22nd album from Marianne Faithfull and was recorded in December 2007 in NYC at the famous Sear Sound recording studio. Easy Come, Easy Go is the third album of Marianne s to be produced by Hal Willner (the others being Strange Weather and Blazing away). Marianne and Hal have been close friends since they've met, back in 1982, and have worked together on many many different projects over the years, (most recently on three songs from Marianne s acclaimed last album "Before the Poison") but Easy Come, Easy Go is their first complete studio album since Strange Weather, more than 20 years ago. Like that earlier album, Easy Come Easy Go is a collection of songs written by others and interpreted by Marianne. When Strange Weather was released in 1987, it was quickly hailed as one of Marianne s finest recordings, so this time around the challenge was really high: Marianne and Hal had to make an album that was at least as good. Both artists have risen to the challenge beautifully: they achieve a timeless recording, a masterpiece. All the songs have been chosen by Marianne and Hal, and range from Billie Holiday s "Solitude" to The Crane Wife"
by current band The Decemberists. Other tracks are "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard, "Children of Stone" by Espers, the title track " Easy Come, Easy Go Blues" by Bessie Smith, Morrissey s "Dear God Please Help Me", Dolly Parton s "Down from Dover " and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club s "Salvation". Easy Come, Easy Go also includes some interesting guest vocalists; Keith Richards appears on the aforementioned "Sing Me Back Home" Antony Hegarty on "Ooh Baby Baby" and Jarvis Cocker on Sondheim s "Somewhere". Other guest appearances on the album come from Rufus Wainwright who contributes vocals to the powerful "Children of stone ' while his aunt and mother Kate and Anna McGarrigle enchant on the "The Flandycke shore". Warren Ellis plays his magic violin on 3 songs, and Nick Cave lends some vocals to "The Crane Wife". Sean Lennon and Teddy Thompson play guitar on a couple of the tracks, and Cat Power harmonizes on "Hold On, Hold On". The album was recorded live ithe oldest recording studio in Manhattan the famous Sear Sound. The arrangements are by Cohen Bernstein and Weinberg Goldstein and were done specifically for Marianne. The String and Horn sections were led by L. Picket, and the band includes Marc Ribot, Greg Cohen, Rob Burger, Barry Reynolds and Jim White. Very few takes were needed in fact some of the songs were done in a single take (London sound engineers in the 60s use to call her Marianne one take Faithfull ). Infact there are very few overdubs on this recording.

U.S. pressing of this release including two bonus tracks: 'The Phoenix' and 'Dear God Please Help Me'. Easy Come Easy Go is a collaboration between the British icon and producer Hal Wilner. All the songs have been chosen by Marianne and Hal, and range from Billie Holiday's 'Solitude' to 'The Crane Wife' by current band The Decemberists. Other tracks include songs originally by Merle Haggard, Espers, Bessie Smith, Morrissey, Dolly Parton and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Easy Come, Easy Go also includes some interesting guest performances from Keith Richards, Antony Hegarty, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Sean Lennon, Cat Power and Teddy Thompson. Decca.

Customer Reviews:

  • Easy to listen to... a fan of Marianne's early work it took me awhile to come around to her Broken English era and accept the fact that it was the same person the same girl and the same voice (albeit lower) from the same survivor. Only after reading her autobiography did I slowly get interested in listening to No Regrets, Rich Kid Blues, and at long last, Broken English and Strange Weather. Which brings me to Easy Come, Easy Go. While yes a part of me still wishes her voice faintly resembled that from her early era I've come to terms that to like Marriane is to accept her from both eras, after all easy come, easy go represents what's become of that girl. My fave tracks are definitely, Solitude and OOh, Ooh, baby, the rest of the cd is growing on me...slowly...but I still highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Disappointing
    This is a real disappointment. I like Faithfull and she is mostly not the problem here. The songs and the arrangements are just not interesting. The one standout track is The Phoenix with Sean Lennon guesting on guitar and vocals. The remainder of the material isn't awful - just mediocre....more info
  • Queen Marianne
    Marianne Faithfull's new CD "Easy Come Easy Go" is a winning combination of her two most-praised albums. It offers some rock that could belong on her 1979 classic "Broken English" (though it's less synthy and more organic) - but more often sounds like her slower, low-key 1987 release "Strange Weather".

    "Strange Weather" was produced by Hal Willner, and he does the same here. He plays the same role as Rick Rubin did with later-period Johnny Cash. Willner pitches hundreds of songs to her, then together they narrow it down. He hires master musicians and arrangers and does all the prep work up front, then they enter the studio and knock it out (this was recorded in 10 days). Willner gets the best out of Marianne, and I'd say this is her best album ever. Yep, it's a masterpiece. They chose great songs, and she nails every track.

    The record features numerous guest stars, but they are all very much in a background capacity. If you're considering buying this because you're a fan of, say, Keith Richards or Nick Cave - be advised that they are functioning strictly as supporting players, and are very subtle and subdued. Same goes for the other guest vocalists. All are careful not to overshadow Marianne.

    The only guest that's spotlighted front and center is Antony Hegarty of the band Antony and The Johnsons. My first reaction to their duet on Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby" was "What have they done"? By the third listen it became my favorite track. They radically re-invent the song, and Hegarty sings more of it than Faithfull. He's quite in demand these days - check out his "Candy Says" on Lou Reed's "live" DVD "Berlin".

    "Easy Come Easy Go" has been issued worldwide on different labels in different configurations. Some versions feature an additional six tracks. Personally, I think Decca made a mistake by not releasing this in the U.S. as a 2-disc set. My import copy on the Naive label is 2 discs, with a roughly 30 minute bonus DVD that shows some of the recording process. This American release is one disc, and contains only 12 of the 18 tracks. The 6 missing tracks are "Salvation", "Black Coffee", "Kimbie", "Many A Mile", "Somewhere", and "Flandyke Shore".

    Look for the subtitle on the CD cover. My import says "18 Songs For Music Lovers". This American version is subtitled "12 Songs For Music Lovers", and at least one import says "10 Songs For Music Lovers" (and is additionally missing "The Phoenix" and "Dear God Please Help Me"). It's a mess, and should've been uniformly released around the world. The extra tracks are excellent and well worth having.

    To further confuse matters, there's an import that's just the 2 discs of 18 songs, and another import that's 2 discs and comes with the bonus DVD. The DVD isn't that good (by the way, it plays just fine on my standard-issue DVD player). It's all close-ups of Marianne's face as she briefly talks about how half a dozen of the songs came together. Then more close-ups as she sings a verse or two of the song being discussed. There's no footage of her famous guests. Mostly you're looking at a series of still photographs of the sessions without knowing who or what you're seeing, while she and Willner describe songs and techniques in voiceover.

    My feeling is this: if you want to save some money and still hear a great record - then buy this Decca release. If you're feeling flush, or are a dedicated fan - you'll want to seek out a 2-disc copy.

    From lilting-voiced Swinging London "it girl" in the 60's, to whiskey-voiced diva from the late 70's up till today - Marianne Faithfull has become an international treasure. She comports herself like a Queen, and her many fans (and fellow singers) are happy to be her "subjects". As Willner says: "She's our Dietrich - our Piaf". I couldn't agree more....more info
  • Easy Come Easy Go
    I used to love Marianne Faithfull but she has totally lost her voice. This CD is horrid and screeching; I could only get to song 6 and had to turn it off....more info
  • Still faithfull!
    I've always loved Marianne Faithfull, and this collection of very eclectic material shows that she still can move you with her unique
    voice and the way she interprets these tunes. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform this live at the City Winery very soon after the release. The most amazing track, which I cannot stop listening to, is
    the poignant and beautiful "Sing Me Back Home" on which Marianne duets with Keith Richards. This is the last track and it is haunting, and moving beyond words, every note, every nuance, the harmonies, the guitar make it one of the best recordings I have ever heard! Love this CD!...more info
  • for music lovers you got that right!!
  • Hit and Miss, but the Hits make this worthwhile to own
    The key track is #6, Children of Stone, recorded with Rufus Wawinwright - the pairing of these two vocalists is like silk stretched over rough metal and worth the price of the disc alone. ...more info