A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology

A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology

by Marianne FaithfullMarianne Faithfull


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/1998
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0731452457929
catalogNumber: 2457929
Rank: 37409

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marianne Faithfull   Primary Artist,Vocals
Wally Badarou   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass
Mark Isham   Trumpet
Peter Maunu   Guitar
Paul Brady   Recorder
Dr. John   Guitar,Piano
Robert Quine   Guitar
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Bob Mintzer   Bass Clarinet
Rufus Reid   Bass
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charlie Watts   Drums
Chris Hunter   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis   Saxophone
Alex Foster   Clarinet
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Brown   Viola
William Schimmel   Accordion
Barry Reynolds   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Slagle   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Don Alias   Percussion
Lamar Alsop   Viola
Marin Alsop   Violin
Angelo Badalamenti   Clarinet,Conductor,Keyboards
Ann Barak   Viola
Julien Barber   Viola
Dougie Bowne   Drums
Robert Carlisle   French Horn
Carter Cathcart   Keyboards
Mikey Chung   Keyboards
Marshall P. Coid   Violin
Jim Cuomo   Woodwind
Carmine d'Amico   Guitar
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Mary Helen Ewing   Viola
Lawrence Feldman   Flute,Alto Flute
Anton Fig   Drums
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Sharon Freeman   Piano,Conductor
Kenneth Fricker   Viola
Julie Green   Cello
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Keyboards
Christine Ims   Viola
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Kinny Landrum   Keyboards
Beverly Lauridsen   Cello
J.T. Lewis   Drums
Richard Locker   Cello
Nancy McAlhany   Violin
Gene Orloff   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Albert Regni   Flute,Alto Flute
Clay Ruede   Cello
Keith Richards   Guitar
Fernando Saunders   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Laura Seaton   Violin
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Double Violin
Mark Orrin Shuman   Cello
Pamela Sklar   Flute,Alto Flute
Tony Smith   Drums
Richard Sortomme   Viola
Terry Stannard   Drums
Mitsue Takayama   Viola
Don Was   Bass
Gib Wharton   Steel Guitar
Shelley Woodworth   Oboe,Oboe D'amore
Mary Wooten   Cello
Kurt Wortman   Percussion
Harry Zaratzian   Viola
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Rich Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Drayton   Drums
Rob Devito   Bass
Caroline Levine   Viola
Sherry Sylar   Oboe,Oboe D'amore
Rafael de Jesus   Percussion
Thunder Smith   Drums
Michael Levine   Violin
Ron Lawrence   Viola
John Marshall   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Producer,Engineer
Steve Winwood   Contributor
Paul Young   Producer
Chris Spedding   Arranger
Darryl Way   Contributor
Steve York   Contributor
Denis Haines   Contributor
Angelo Badalamenti   Producer,Orchestration
Gary Clayton   Engineer
Mel Collins   Contributor
Jim Cuomo   Contributor
Julian Diggle   Contributor
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Bill Frisell   Arranger
Mike Gibbs   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Neil Hubbard   Contributor
Guy Humphries   Contributor
Jim Leverton   Contributor
Clifton Morrison   Contributor
Mark Miller Mundy   Producer
Morris Pert   Contributor
Bob Potter   Engineer
Keith Richards   Producer
Fuzzy Samuels   Contributor
Fernando Saunders   Producer
Chris Stainton   Contributor
Pickford Sykes   Contributor
Peter Veitch   Contributor
Don Was   Producer
Don Wershba   Engineer
Hal Willner   Producer,Executive Producer
Steven Miller   Engineer
Art Pohlemus   Engineer
Ann Powers   Liner Notes
Alan Rudolph   Executive Producer
John Telfer   Executive Producer
Dyane Spenner   Contributor
Paul M. Young   Producer
Noel Webb   Composer
Diane Birch   Contributor
Martin Droves   Contributor
Jo Mavety   Contributor
R.M. Jones   Composer
L. Kaye   Composer
P. Smith   Composer
S. York   Composer
J. Mavety   Composer

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