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Friday, 19 August 2011

Forgotten Album Friday #23 - Marianne Faithful A Childs Adventure

When Marianne Faithfull released her comeback album, "Broken English", in 1979, it was widely received by the buying public and critically acclaimed as a "masterpiece". She followed that up in 1981 with "Dangerous Acquaintences" which, though not quite on the par of "Broken English", was deemed an excellent piece of music and a natural follow-up to "Broken English".

Then, in 1983, Marianne released "A Child's Adventure". Of the same musical vein and mold as "Broken English" and "Dangerous Acquaintences" these three albums are often referred to as her "Trilogy". After "A Child's Adventure", Marianne has changed musical directions several times. "A Child's Adventure" is another excellent piece of work from Marianne Faithfull.

It starts off with "Times Square", a true MF classic. The bluesy "The Blue Millionaire" is somewhat of a departure for Marianne, at least up to that point, and gives credence to Marianne as a great musical stylist. "Falling From Grace" is an excellent autobiograpical song about her drug problems/bust. The poignant "Morning Come" and "Ashes In My Hand" shows, once again, the depth of her musical range and style. "Running For Our Lives" is another MF classic and is in close running with "Times Square" as my personal favorite from the CD. Marianne Faithfull is a uniquely gifted and talented artist and song stylist.

One listen to "A Child's Adventure" and the other albums that make up her "Trilogy", and you will see for yourself. The music of Marianne Faithfull is a wonderfully diverse tapestry of folk, pop, rock, punk, show tunes, and cabaret. This one may not be "Broken English", but it is Marianne. Excellent music from a truly great artist!

Key Tracks:

Times Square
Falling From Grace
Running For Our Lives

Thanks to C60!

Thursday, 18 August 2011


U2 fans get your cash out!

Five physical editions of the anniversary edition of Achtung Baby will be available alongside digital only editions.

1. A limited, numbered Uber Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box which will contain: 6 CDs including the original Achtung Baby album, the follow-up album, Zooropa, B-sides, remixes and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions. 4 DVDs including 'From The Sky Down', 'Zoo TV:Live From Sydney', all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material. There will also be the Achtung Baby double vinyl album plus 5 clear 7" vinyl singles in their original sleeves, 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, an 84-page hardback book, a copy of Propaganda magazine, 4 badges, a sticker sheet, and a pair of Bono’s trademark 'The Fly' sunglasses.

2. The Super Deluxe Edition will contain the 6CDs and 4 DVDs, in addition to a 92 page hardback book and 16 art prints in a wallet.

3. The Vinyl Box Set is a limited release containing 4 LPs, two of which are pressed on translucent blue vinyl containing remixes and B-sides. The box includes a 16 page booklet.

4. The Deluxe Edition is a 2xCD set containing the reissue of the original album plus B-sides and rarities.

5. The Standard CD is the original album.

Bob Seger Live Tour Dates and Re-Issues

Good news that at long last a decent re-issue programme of Bob Seger's long unavailable CD's is about to start with the two live albums being re-released. Not much in the way of additional track sadly but it will be good to see his material available again, I hope the trest of the albums follow quickly.

"Live Bullet," which was recorded in September 1975 at Cobo Hall and released in '76, has 14 numbers including "Katmandu" and "Turn the Page." Its bonus is a live recording of "I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home" from the June 1976 concert at the Silverdome (then called Pontiac Stadium). "Nine Tonight," released in 1981, was recorded in Detroit and the Boston Garden. Among its 16 tracks: "Old Time Rock and Roll"; the live bonus track is "Brave Strangers."

He is about to announce a further USA Leg of his 2011 Tour (1 date confirmed at the time of posting) so fingers are crossed for some Europe dates.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

New Ryan Adams Lp - Ashes and Fire

Delighted to hear that Ryan Adams seems to be back on form!

I quote!

Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

New Album Out October 11 on PAX-AM/Capitol

Ryan Adams will release his new album Ashes & Fire October 11 on PAX-AM/Capitol in the U.S. Adams’ first solo album to be released via a new U.S. arrangement with his own PAX-AM label and EMI’s Capitol in the U.S. and Canada, the album was recorded at Sunset Sound Factory in Hollywood and produced by Glyn Johns, renowned for his work with the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash, The Who and The Rolling Stones–and whose son Ethan produced previous Ryan Adams albums Heartbreaker, Gold and 29.

Ashes & Fire also features guest turns from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench as well as Norah Jones who contributes piano and backing vocals on several tracks.

The full tracklisting for Ashes & Fire is:

Dirty Rain

Ashes & Fire

Come Home


Do I Wait

Chains Of Love

Invisible Riverside

Save Me


Lucky Now

I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say