Easy Come Easy Go [Bonus DVD]

Easy Come Easy Go [Bonus DVD]

by Marianne Faithfull

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Easy Come Easy Go [Bonus DVD]

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2008
Label: Naive
UPC: 3298498144123
catalogNumber: 81441

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,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
Paul Webster   Composer
Hal Willner   Producer,Liner Notes
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
Mike Belitsky   Composer

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