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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marianne Faithfull

20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Marianne Faithfull


There is no shortage of Marianne Faithfull collections, but the compact, digitally remastered, 11-track 20th Century Masters set comes close to being the best document of her post-comeback period, which began with 1979's Broken English. That addictively eccentric album is well-represented here with the title track, Shel Silverstein's "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan," and John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" making up the three leadoff tracks. Faithfull's '80s versions of "Sister Morphine" (which she co-wrote with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) and "As Tears Go By" are also here, along with her exotic cover of Patti Smith's "Ghost Dance" and the anti-ballad "So Sad." Faithfull's witchy voice is a spellbinding instrument that makes every song an expressionistic experience. The whiskey-soaked "Trouble in Mind" and the Tom Waits-penned "Strange Weather," both from Faithfull's jazz-dabbling period, are perfect vehicles for her moribund-melody delivery. For a best-of collection, there is an almost thematic coherence as the singer lowers the gloom-and-angst shroud like few other vocalists can. Songs like the aptly titled "Sleep" are so sparse and devoid of momentum they seem to exist in a psychic netherworld that only the singer herself can fully comprehend. The one wild card is the dance-funk of the 12" version of "The Blue Millionaire" (which Faithfull co-wrote and originally released in shorter form on 1983's A Child's Adventure). Complete with brass bursts, croon harmonies, and the sardonically ironic line "There is no such thing as the wrong man," Faithfull still manages to get the voodoo in there. This is a seductive collection from a true original. Long before Stevie Nicks twirled her shawl, there was Nico and Marianne Faithfull. ~ Adrian Zupp, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Bedford
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  • Label: Island (Label)
  • UPC: 602498069516
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Track listings

  • 1. Broken English
  • 2. Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, The
  • 3. Working Class Hero
  • 4. Sister Morphine
  • 5. So Sad
  • 6. Blue Millionaire, The
  • 7. Trouble In Mind
  • 8. Strange Weather
  • 9. As Tears Go By
  • 10. Ghost Dance
  • 11. Sleep
 
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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