Marianne Faithfull ‎– Rich Kid Blues

Castle Communications ‎– CCSLP 107
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 Rich Kid Blues 4:19
A2 Long Black Veil 3:02
A3 Sad Lisa 2:29
A4 It's All Over Now Baby Blue 3:51
A5 Southern Butterfly 3:15
A6 Chords Of Fame 3:43
B1 Visions Of Johanna 4:36
B2 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 3:55
B3 Beware Of Darkness 3:30
B4 Corrina, Corrina 2:34
B5 Mud Slide Slim 3:40
B6 Crazy Lady Blues 2:06
C1 All I Want To Do In Life 2:45
C2 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 3:55
C3 Wait For Me Down By The River 3:39
C4 That Was The Day (Nashville) 4:18
C5 This Time 3:04
C6 The Way You Want Me To Be 2:06
D1 Dreamin' My Dreams 3:18
D2 Wrong Road Again 2:49
D3 Fairytale Hero 3:32
D4 Vanilla O'Lay 3:59
D5 Lady Madelaine 4:26
D6 Honky Tonk Angels 4:03

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July 13, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
In 1971, producer Mike Leander (arranger and record producer for Decca Records in the 1960s and Bell Records in the 1970s) found Marianne Faithfull on the streets and made an attempt to revive her career, producing part of her album Rich Kid Blues. The album would be shelved until 1985.

Though it certainly feeds out of the same basic mindset which inspired Faithfull's earlier recording of "Sister Morphine," Rich Kid Blues nevertheless catches the singer at her lowest ebb -- "probably on the edge of death," is Faithfull's own summary, and she serves up a selection of songs to match: sparse, stark interpretations of Cat Stevens' "Sad Lisa," Tim Hardin's "Southern Butterfly," Sandy Denny's "Crazy Lady Blues," Phil Ochs' "Chords of Fame," and, one of three Dylan covers, a positively spine-chilling "Visions of Johanna." If commercial suicide wasn't such a meaningless cliché, it would sound like this.

This double album, released in 1985 by Castle Entertainment, includes the entire Mike Leander material as well as a second disc which includes most of her "Dreamin My Dreams" project. It's a great synopsis of Marianne's material from 1970 up to signing with Island Records and producing "Broken English".