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Easy Come Easy Go
     

Easy Come Easy Go

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by Marianne Faithfull
 

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Songstress Marianne Faithfull last collaborated with producer Hal Willner on her iconic Strange Weather album in 1987. Though Faithfull has continued to record sporadically -- and has written and published her memoirs -- it's odd to think that she hasn't worked with Willner again until now, because then as now, the match feels effortless and natural. Like

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Songstress Marianne Faithfull last collaborated with producer Hal Willner on her iconic Strange Weather album in 1987. Though Faithfull has continued to record sporadically -- and has written and published her memoirs -- it's odd to think that she hasn't worked with Willner again until now, because then as now, the match feels effortless and natural. Like Strange Weather, Easy Come Easy Go is a covers collection, featuring Faithfull in different musical settings and interpreting the songs of everyone from Merle Haggard to Smokey Robinson to Duke Ellington to Randy Newman to the Decemberists to Morrissey with a killer guest list including Antony Hegarty, Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Jarvis Cocker, Jenni Muldaur, Sean Lennon, Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, and Keith Richards. The core band on this set includes old friends like Marc Ribot and Greg Cohen as well as drummer Jim White, Rob Burger, Doug Weiselman, Steve Weisberg, Barry Reynolds, Steven Bernstein, Marty Ehrlich, and Lenny Pickett. The sense of stylistic sprawl on these 12 songs is incredible. The album opener, a cover of Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover," features the full band and guests numbering 18 strong! Faithfull's trademark deep-throated, whiskey-and-cigarettes-ravaged voice is in better shape than it's been in a decade at least. It's full and expressive, and she brings up a depth of passion for this sad tale that almost soars. The band, arranged by Weisberg, plays with beautiful space and elegant harmonics with nice work by Ribot and Burger.

Cave sings backing vocals on the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3," its lithe rock arrangement shaded by a beautiful British folk-style melody and gorgeous bass work by Cohen, celeste by Burger, and a three-piece string section. While Wainwright's signature backing vocals grace a jazzy arrangement of Espers' "Children of Stone," and the chart is eight minutes of pure, nocturnal lounge lizard eros, it does go on a bit too long, emptying it somewhat of its power. Ellington's "Solitude" works far better, as Faithfull's command of sparse phrases drives the tune, expressing more in the spaces between words than the words themselves -- or even her voice. Other highlights include an excellent version of Judee Sill's "The Phoenix," and a deeply emotive, almost startling cover of Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help Me." There is a fantastic--if surreal--faux-soul reading of Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby," as a duet with AntonyThe disc closes with Richards adding both his guitar (to those of Ribot and Reynolds) and his raggedy croak of a vocal to Faithfull's on Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home." It's sad and slow, but feels more contrived than honestly emotional. While this is a long journey with a couple of missteps Ms. Faithfull shows up in excellent form throughout this offering. If you are patient, there is more than enough here to hold your attention and take you on journeys through love, lust, tragedy, and longing and bring you home again.(The British version of this CD, contains an extra CD with six extra tracks--the Morrissey and Judee SIll covers on this version came from the British one--and a bonus DVD with a documentary about the making of the album.)

Editorial Reviews

National Public Radio
Easy Come, Easy Go features a broad assortment of cover songs — everything from old tunes like Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover" to newer songs by The Decemberists and Neko Case. Of all of them, Faithfull says, she found Duke Ellington's "Solitude" the most difficult to interpret. It's been sung by many, but Faithfull looked to Billie Holiday's version for inspiration. But she by no means tried to emulate Lady Day. "I sing it as me. You just can't. It would be cheap," Faithfull says. "What I'm doing is expressing the song in my own emotional connections."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
3298498144116
catalogNumber:
1452392
Rank:
161783

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marianne Faithfull   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Cave   Vocals
Marty Ehrlich   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion,Conductor
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Marc Ribot   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Weisberg   Piano,Celeste,Conductor,Electric Piano
Barry Reynolds   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Art Baron   Trombone,Bass Recorder
Jarvis Cocker   Vocals
Greg Cohen   Bass,Conductor
Warren Ellis   Electric Violin
Anna McGarrigle   Background Vocals
Jenni Muldaur   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Sarrusophone,Double Bass
Keith Richards   Guitar,Vocals
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet
Sean Lennon   Guitar,Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Kate McGarrigle   Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Chan Marshall   Vocals
Rob Burger   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Conductor,Glockenspiel,Alto Horn,Mellophonium
Teddy Thompson   Background Vocals
Antony   Vocals
Brian John Mitchell   Organ
Michael Nicholas   Viola
Maxim Moston   Violin
Rob Moose   Violin
Jim White   Drums

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Marianne Faithfull   Liner Notes
Randy Newman   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Marc Ribot   Arranger
Steve Weisberg   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Judee Sill   Composer
Martin Brumbach   Engineer
Greg Cohen   Arranger
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Patrick Ford   Engineer
John Kilgore   Engineer
Hal Willner   Producer,Liner Notes
Michel Pepin   Engineer
Rob Burger   Arranger
Steven Bernstein   Arranger
Jake Rousham   Engineer
Bénédicte Schmitt   Engineer
Colin Meloy   Composer
Didier Pouydesseau   Engineer
François Ravard   Executive Producer,Management
Chris Allen   Engineer
Mike Belitsky   Composer

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Easy Come Easy Go 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ThomasDC More than 1 year ago
Growing up with Faithfull in the '60's (and not really liking her) until her breakthrough Broken English LP (her voice aged, that "rode hard and put away wet" look to her and yes, the original pissed off white girl-long before Alanis, just listen to "Why D'a Do It?"); Faithfull had come into her own and I was mezmirized. "Easy Come Easy Go" is that voice, not a great voice, but expressive, much like Sinatra or Midler, not pure, but can sell and phrase a song. She does. This collection of covers, given her style and elderly ways, draws you into her world and you become captivated. Each track, different from the previous; each composer, different than the previous...and yet it works, both individually and collectively. Her version of Parton's "Down from Dover" is on par with Houston's "I will always love you." If you are a child of the '60's, or not, buy this CD. It is one of the best I have heard in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to admit that this is the first music by Marianne Faithfull that I have bought. I am happy to say it won't be my last.
spiffybear More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Marianne Faithfull's album and this is one of the best.
StevenD_Artist More than 1 year ago
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Marianne Faithfull (Shame on you, especially if you're older than 30.), do yourself a favor and look her up on Wikipedia. When she first recorded over 40 years ago, Faithfull had a voice clear and pretty but not very unique when compared with other female singers of the time. When she re-surfaced with her album "Broken English" her voiced had been transformed by years of living a life that, for simplicity sake, I will say was harsh. She sounded like a woman that had acquired far more experience than any average woman of the same age (Let's face it, she partied with Keith Richards and is still here to tell about it; the woman is tough.). Now granted she is not technically an excellent singer, but one should listen to Faithfull the way one listens to Billie Holiday (or atleast later Lady Day) or, perhaps even Tom Waits-- one listens to Faitfull for the tone, the texture, the emotion, and the general experience of the song. Hearing her sing a line like Neko Case's "Compared to some I've been around, but I've really tried so hard..." just rings so true (like when Johnny Cash sang about death, loss, and regret on his final American Recordings); you just can't help but believe it. The album covers a wide variety of material including jazz standards, country tunes by both Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, and songs by new artists Neko Case and the Decemberists. Excellent supporting work by Rufus Wainwright, the McGarrigles, Teddy Thompson, Cat Power, Jarvis Cocker, Sean Lennon, and Nick Cave make this a great album. The only track I haven't really gotten into is the duet with Antony (from Antony & the Johnsons), "Ooh Baby Baby" (yes, the Smokey Robinson song). To be honest I am not a huge fan of his voice at all, so that has a lot to do with it, but the song choice is just sort of strange. The closing duet with Keith Richards, however, is great; talk about years of acquired experience. As they sing "Sing me home before I die," it almost makes you willing to go.
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