A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology

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All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
Because more than half of the 35 songs on this two-disc retrospective of Marianne Faithfull's 1979-95 output come from her three great albums -- Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, and Strange Weather -- or are previously unreleased outtakes or B-sides from them, A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology makes a fine primer to Faithfull's often challenging, always mesmerizing or would that be always challenging, often mesmerizing? music. "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife," her solid contribution to 1985's Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill, is also included, giving Faithfull's hauntingly tragic voice the resonance and attention it demands. Weill and Faithfull ...
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All Music Guide - Michael Gallucci
Because more than half of the 35 songs on this two-disc retrospective of Marianne Faithfull's 1979-95 output come from her three great albums -- Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, and Strange Weather -- or are previously unreleased outtakes or B-sides from them, A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology makes a fine primer to Faithfull's often challenging, always mesmerizing or would that be always challenging, often mesmerizing? music. "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife," her solid contribution to 1985's Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill, is also included, giving Faithfull's hauntingly tragic voice the resonance and attention it demands. Weill and Faithfull seem made for each other, as the bulk of the second disc comprised of songs from her 1990 live album and the underachieving A Secret Life, as well as the career-capping Strange Weather makes clear. But there's also a strain to some of these tracks, as if Faithfull's aesthetic wandering eventually will bring her to that elusive cabaret of her dreams. On her best recordings, it indeed sounds like she's home.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452457929
  • Catalog Number: 524579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broken English (4:34)
  2. 2 Witches' Song (4:43)
  3. 3 Guilt (5:08)
  4. 4 The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (4:09)
  5. 5 Working Class Hero (4:40)
  6. 6 Why d'Ya Do It? (6:41)
  7. 7 Sister Morphine (6:04)
  8. 8 Sweetheart (3:15)
  9. 9 Intrigue (4:29)
  10. 10 For Beauty's Sake (3:30)
  11. 11 So Sad (4:31)
  12. 12 Truth, Bitter Truth (7:20)
  13. 13 The Blue Millionaire (8:23)
  14. 14 Falling from Grace (3:53)
  15. 15 Running For Your Lives (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife (4:22)
  2. 2 Trouble in Mind (The Return) (4:21)
  3. 3 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (3:05)
  4. 4 Yesterdays (5:19)
  5. 5 Strange Weather (4:14)
  6. 6 Gloomy Sunday (3:13)
  7. 7 Hello Stranger (2:29)
  8. 8 As Tears Go By (3:45)
  9. 9 A Perfect Stranger (4:49)
  10. 10 Conversation On A Barstool (4:17)
  11. 11 A Waste of Time (5:02)
  12. 12 Isolation (3:11)
  13. 13 Blazing Away (4:10)
  14. 14 When I Find My Life (3:00)
  15. 15 Times Square (4:36)
  16. 16 Ghost Dance (3:43)
  17. 17 Sleep (3:35)
  18. 18 Love In The Afternoon (3:30)
  19. 19 Bored By Dreams (3:07)
  20. 20 She (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marianne Faithfull Primary Artist, Vocals
Wally Badarou Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mark Egan Bass
Mark Isham Trumpet
Peter Maunu Guitar
Paul Brady Recorder
Dr. John Guitar, Piano
Robert Quine Guitar
Ron Wood Guitar
Bob Mintzer Bass Clarinet
Rufus Reid Bass
Marc Ribot Guitar
Lew Soloff Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charlie Watts Drums
Chris Hunter Flute, Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis Saxophone
Alex Foster Clarinet
Chris Spedding Guitar
Al Brown Viola
William Schimmel Accordion
Barry Reynolds Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Slagle Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Don Alias Percussion
Lamar Alsop Viola
Marin Alsop Violin
Angelo Badalamenti Clarinet, Conductor, Keyboards
Ann Barak Viola
Julien Barber Viola
Dougie Bowne Drums
Robert Carlisle French Horn
Carter Cathcart Keyboards
Mikey Chung Keyboards
Marshall P. Coid Violin
Jim Cuomo Woodwind
Carmine d'Amico Guitar
Glenn Drewes Trumpet
Mary Helen Ewing Viola
Lawrence Feldman Flute, Alto Flute
Anton Fig Drums
Bill Frisell Guitar
Sharon Freeman Piano, Conductor
Kenneth Fricker Viola
Julie Green Cello
Juliet Haffner Viola
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Garth Hudson Accordion, Keyboards
Christine Ims Viola
Birch Johnson Trombone
Kinny Landrum Keyboards
Beverly Lauridsen Cello
J.T. Lewis Drums
Richard Locker Cello
Nancy McAlhany Violin
Gene Orloff Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Albert Regni Flute, Alto Flute
Clay Ruede Cello
Keith Richards Guitar
Fernando Saunders Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Laura Seaton Violin
Lakshminarayana Shankar Double Violin
Mark Orrin Shuman Cello
Pamela Sklar Flute, Alto Flute
Tony Smith Drums
Richard Sortomme Viola
Terry Stannard Drums
Mitsue Takayama Viola
Don Was Bass
Gib Wharton Steel Guitar
Shelley Woodworth Oboe, Oboe D'amore
Mary Wooten Cello
Kurt Wortman Percussion
Harry Zaratzian Viola
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Rich Perry Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Drayton Drums
Rob Devito Bass
Caroline Levine Viola
Sherry Sylar Oboe, Oboe D'amore
Rafael de Jesus Percussion
Thunder Smith Drums
Michael Levine Violin
Ron Lawrence Viola
John Marshall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Mark Isham Producer, Engineer
Steve Winwood Contributor
Paul Young Producer
Chris Spedding Arranger
Darryl Way Contributor
Steve York Contributor
Denis Haines Contributor
Angelo Badalamenti Producer, Orchestration
Gary Clayton Engineer
Mel Collins Contributor
Jim Cuomo Contributor
Julian Diggle Contributor
Joe Ferla Engineer
Bill Frisell Arranger
Mike Gibbs Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Neil Hubbard Contributor
Guy Humphries Contributor
Jim Leverton Contributor
Clifton Morrison Contributor
Mark Miller Mundy Producer
Morris Pert Contributor
Bob Potter Engineer
Keith Richards Producer
Fuzzy Samuels Contributor
Fernando Saunders Producer
Chris Stainton Contributor
Pickford Sykes Contributor
Peter Veitch Contributor
Don Was Producer
Don Wershba Engineer
Hank Williams Composer
Hal Willner Producer, Executive Producer
Steven Miller Engineer
Art Pohlemus Engineer
Ann Powers Liner Notes
Alan Rudolph Executive Producer
John Telfer Executive Producer
Dyane Spenner Contributor
Paul M. Young Producer
Noel Webb Composer
Diane Birch Contributor
Martin Droves Contributor
Jo Mavety Contributor
R.M. Jones Composer
L. Kaye Composer
P. Smith Composer
S. York Composer
J. Mavety Composer
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