(1998) A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology

Marianne Faithfull

... read moreBecause 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...

02:34′:08″ 35 Songs

Disk 1

1
Broken English
Marianne Faithfull
4:36
2
Witches' Song
Marianne Faithfull
4:46
3
Guilt
Marianne Faithfull
5:10
4
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
Marianne Faithfull
4:07
5
Working Class Hero
Marianne Faithfull
4:41
6
Why'd Ya Do It
Marianne Faithfull
6:48
7
Sister Morphine (12" Version)
Marianne Faithfull
6:04
8
Sweetheart
Marianne Faithfull
3:18
9
Intrigue
Marianne Faithfull
4:35
10
For Beauty's Sake
Marianne Faithfull
3:30
11
So Sad
Marianne Faithfull
4:31
12
Truth, Bitter Truth
Marianne Faithfull
7:22
13
The Blue Millionaire (Long 12 Inch Version)
Marianne Faithfull
8:23
14
Falling From Grace
Marianne Faithfull
3:56
15
Running For Our Lives
Marianne Faithfull
4:48

Disk 2

1
The Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife
Marianne Faithfull
4:21
2
Trouble In Mind (The Return)
Marianne Faithfull
4:21
3
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Marianne Faithfull
3:04
4
Yesterdays
Marianne Faithfull
5:18
5
Strange Weather
Marianne Faithfull
4:13
6
Gloomy Sunday
Marianne Faithfull
3:13
7
Hello Stranger
Marianne Faithfull
2:30
8
As Tears Go By (1987 Version)
Marianne Faithfull
3:42
9
A Perfect Stranger
Marianne Faithfull
4:47
10
Conversation On A Barstool
Marianne Faithfull
4:17
11
A Waste Of Time
Marianne Faithfull
5:02
12
Isolation
Marianne Faithfull
3:11
13
Blazing Away
Marianne Faithfull
4:10
14
When I Find My Life (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
Marianne Faithfull
2:59
15
Times Square (Live "Blazing Away" Version)
Marianne Faithfull
4:57
16
Ghost Dance
Marianne Faithfull
3:43
17
Sleep
Marianne Faithfull
3:43
18
Love In The Afternoon
Marianne Faithfull
3:30
19
Bored By Dreams
Marianne Faithfull
3:08
20
She
Marianne Faithfull
3:24
Released 01 January 1998, This Compilation ℗ 1998 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Review

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. ~ Michael Gallucci