Released in 1987 "Strange Weather" was once described by some music critic as "music to slit your wrists by" which Marianne Faithfull took as a compliment. On this perfect album full of melancholy, her smoke and whiskey-voice creates a work of perfection. She is a world-weary, ravaged woman who has dark, knowing tales to tell, whose whimsy has been replaced by woe.
Her interpretations of standards are singular from Leadbelly's "I Ain't Goin' Down To The Well No More" to Jerome Kern’s "Yesterdays". Tom Waits' title track is the album's moody centerpiece while obscure gems from Bob Dylan and Dr. John shine through the cloudy atmosphere. Here she reinvents herself with a staggering, bruised rendition of her 1960s mega-hit "As Tears Go By".
And when she breaks into the well-worn "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" she does so with the dark assurance of someone name-dropping a former address. A dark and challenging masterpiece, this is the album that redefined her amazing career. Unavailable for years, the album remained one of Marianne Faithfull's most requested titles... until now !
"Strange Weather" has been digitally mastered in 24bit/96kHz format and is offered for the first time in "limited edition" digipak format with complete lyrics, liner notes and lots more.
PERSONNEL: Marianne Faithfull (vocals, tambourine) - Bill Frisell (acoustic guitar, guitar) - Robert Quine (guitar) - Fernando Saunders (guitar, bass) - Michael A. Levine (concertmaster) - Marin Alsop, Marshall P. Coid, Nancy McAlhany, Marion Pinhheiro, Laurie Seaton (violin) - Christine Ims, Ronald Lawrence (viola) - Mark Shuman, Mary Wooten (cello) - Chris Hunter (flute, alto saxophone); Alex Foster (clarinet) - Lenny Pickett (clarinet, tenor saxophone) - Bob Mintzer (bass clarinet) - William Schimmel, Garth Hudson (accordion) - Steve Slagle (alto & baritone saxophones) - Richard Perry (tenor saxophone) - Glenn Drewes, John Marshall, Lew Soloff (trumpet) - Conrad Herwig, Birch Johnson (trombone) - Sharon Freeman (piano) - Mac Rebennack (piano, electric piano) - J.T. Lewis (drums)
TRACKS: Strange Intro - Boulevard of Broken Dreams - I Ain't Goin' Down to the Well No More – Yesterdays - Sign of Judgment - Strange Weather - Love Life and Money - I'll Keep It With Mine - Hello Stranger - Penthouse Serenade - As Tears Go By – A Stranger on Earth
CAT: CRCD 010
LABEL: Classic Reissues
FORMAT: 1 CD
FILE UNDER: Rock
"LIMITED EDITION" DIGIPACK VERSION