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Various Artists (from the album The Faithful; A Tribute to Marianne Faithful available on In The Q Records and BANDBOX) (by Bryant Liggett)
Tribute albums can serve as record collection expansion. You dig on a certain artist, and when that artist ends up playing on a tribute record you can learn of their influences. In that category is The Faithful; A Tribute to Marianne Faithfull. Nineteen artists give a solid nod to Marianne Faithfull via jangly guitars and Psychedelic Pop, from musicians such as Tracy Bonham, Adele Bertei, Bush Tetras, Honeychild Coleman, Cat Power, or Donita Sparks.
Kicking off with “As Tears Go By” you learn The Rolling Stones weren’t the only ones with a credit to this cut, as Marianne Faithfull, and now Tracy Bonham, took a crack at the tune, Bonham choosing dreamy and lush for her arrangement. The Stones recognition doesn’t stop there, as Sylvia Black clues us in to the fact that Marianne Faithfull penned “Sister Morphine” with the Glimmer Twins, with Sylia Black adding a Psychedelic Gospel touch to the cut. Josie Cotton’s version of “Summer Nights” sounds like its 1965 while Shirley Manson and Peaches version of “Why D’Ya Do It” is dark and industrial. “Strange Weather”, as done by Nicole Adkins and Jim Sclavunos, is a slow and haunting dose of lounge-noir, L7’s Donita Sparks is a little punky and a little techno loaded with gritty vocals, and Miss Guy’s “Sex with Strangers” has a fun world music vibe.
At 19 cuts there’s plenty to dig on, some tracks keeping close to the original, others taking welcome and approved liberties; it’s a heck of a collection nodding to a hell of a catalog.
Listen and buy the music of The Faithful; A Tribute to Marianne Faithfull from In The Q Records
More about Marianne Faithfull can be found on her website
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