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Albums Of The Week: Marianne Faithfull | The Montreux Years

Stroll memory lane with a live compilation of the decadent diva's finest moments.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Instantly recognizable with her raw, varied vocal talents and tangible charisma, Marianne Faithfull has been a long-time friend of the Montreux Jazz Festival, appearing five times over a nearly 15-year period: 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2009. The first live album of Faithfull in over 10 years, Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years opens with an enchanting rendition of Van Morrison’s Madame George, recorded in 1995, when Faithfull’s powerful range and unfaltering dynamism was instantly apparent.

The singer’s fans can immerse themselves in these unique recordings, which include several songs from her celebrated album Broken English, such as an electrifying, guitar-heavy performance of the title track, the soaring Guilt, and John Lennon’s rousing anthem Working Class Hero. Meanwhile, the haunting sensitivity of Strange Weather, recorded in 2005, captures the bottomless depths of Faithfull’s brutal and ragged beauty.”