Easy Come Easy Go [Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 sprawl is incredible in that these 18 songs cover two discs. 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. Disc one closes out with Richards adding both his guitar (to those of Ribot and Reynolds) and his raggedy vocal to Faithfull's on Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home." It's sad and slow, but feels more contrived than honestly emotional. Far better is the preceding tune, a surreal faux-soul reading of Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby," a duet with Antony. Disc two's highlights include an excellent version of Judee Sill's "The Phoenix," a stellar sultry version of Johnny Burke's "Black Coffee," Steve Winwood's "Many a Mile to Freedom," and the traditional "Flandyke Shore," which closes the album. While this is a long journey with a couple of missteps -- Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere (A Place for Us)," from West Side Story, features Cocker and it could also have benefited from the use of a full orchestra and feels a bit staid -- Marianne 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 Special Edition also includes a documentary DVD on the making of the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Naive
  • EAN: 3298498144123
  • Catalog Number: 81441
  • Sales rank: 379,769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down from Dover (4:43)
  2. 2 Hold on Hold On (2:58)
  3. 3 Solitude (5:25)
  4. 4 The Crane Wife 3 (3:57)
  5. 5 Easy Come Easy Go (3:13)
  6. 6 Children of Stone (8:03)
  7. 7 How Many Worlds (3:39)
  8. 8 In Germany Before the War (4:07)
  9. 9 Ooh Baby Baby (8:16)
  10. 10 Sing Me Back Home (5:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Salvation (6:07)
  2. 2 Black Coffee (5:40)
  3. 3 The Phoenix (2:16)
  4. 4 Dear God Please Help Me (4:28)
  5. 5 Kimbie (4:38)
  6. 6 Many a Mile to Freedom (5:11)
  7. 7 Somewhere (A Place for Us) (4:14)
  8. 8 Flandyke Shore (3:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Easy Come Easy Go Documentary
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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, Guitar
Steve Weisberg Piano, Celeste, 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
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Paul Webster Composer
Hal Willner Producer, Liner Notes
Mike Belitsky Composer
Michel Pepin Engineer
Rob Burger Arranger
Steven Bernstein Arranger
Jake Rousham Engineer
Traditional Composer
Bénédicte Schmitt Engineer
Colin Meloy Composer
Didier Pouydesseau Engineer
Chris Allen Engineer
François Ravard Executive Producer, Management
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