MARIANNE FAITHFULL, one of the iconic figures of 1960s music, has sustained a successful and highly acclaimed career for 40 years. Her distinctive voice and passionate songwriting have ensured that her fan base has remaine... more »d intensely loyal and that she has continued to attract new devotees. This concert was recorded in Hollywood in Spring 2005. It features tracks from her most recent album, 2004's Before The Poison, along with hits such as Ballad Of Lucy Jordan and As Tears Go By, and classic tracks like Sister Morphine and Broken English. This set includes the main concert on both DVD and CD. BONUS FEATURES ON THE DVD INCLUDE:
? 30 minute interview with Marianne Faithfull
? Original video for the track There Is A Ghost from the Before The Poison album Tracklising:
"This is Marianne Faithfull at her blazing best, where she was born to be ... in front of an adoring crowd in Hollywood (or "Hollvwood" as the front cover for some reason spells it). Mind you I'm biased; I attended this concert (and yes I hit the pause button a couple of times to enjoy seeing me and my boyfriend bopping along in the crowd-reaction edits - funny thing, he and I have been together going on 18 years and this is the first time he's been to a Marianne concert with me ... he was fascinated to see the woman who has provided the soundtrack of my life for the past 41 years). I'm also biased because the Henry Fonda Theatre is approximately 120 seconds' (yes seconds) walk from our house, making it a very easy gig to attend in terms of transportation and parking (always an issue in Los Angeles). We also saw a brilliant Damien Rice concert at this theatre a couple of years ago ... there's something about the venue that brings out a wonderful intimacy between artists and audience - funny how it looks so high and wide on screen ... it's much more cozy than the camera suggests. At the time of the event, many Marianne fans were ticked off with the amount of seats that were marked 'reserved' for the staff of KCRW, our fab local NPR station which has admittedly sponsored Marianne's concerts on a couple of occasions, but surely those of us who've bought the albums with our hard-earned money - in other words, Marianne's devoted longtime fans - deserve a fairer shake at first-come, first-served seating ??? Take note in future, KCRW, we want to see a little more courtesy and a little less ligging or we'll stop listening !
That beef aside, the concert found Marianne at the peak of her powers, and while all the band are superbly supportive of the Diva, the tremendous Lew Soloff, playing jazz trumpet like he's trying to save all our souls, lifts wonderful songs like "She" and "Guilt" onto a new and redemptive plane. The DVD features the full concert, but I would have enjoyed hearing again those chirpy asides to her band and the audience which have not made the final cut: for instance, when the audience screamed "We love you!!!" Marianne's "Well, I love you too" was met with choruses of "But we REALLY love you!!!!" ... at which Marianne turned and said to us "And I really love you too ... why do you think I'm here tonight? It's really difficult for me to get INTO the United States, you know ... after all...(and here she chuckled to herself) I'm SO dangerous" ... doubtless a reference to US Immigration laws that will not allow her in for any length of time owing (presumably) to her long-gone history of narcotic addiction ... funny, I would've thought a recovering addict would be the very sort of person we'd all WANT to allow into the country - power of example and all that. But Marianne and her partner/manager Francois - who can be thanked mightily for such stunning management of Marianne's last decade of work - have to undertake these American visits on the fly, as it were ... and when a lengthy US tour is not an option, why not release a concert DVD for everyone to enjoy? And enjoy it you will, but do play it from start to finish, with the volume LOUD, and give yourself over to an hour and forty-five minutes of sheer bliss. The DVD extras include an interview , neatly structured as meditations on the various songs in Marianne's repertoire, and the very VERY spooky video of "There is a Ghost" directed by Robert Wilson, with Marianne in her "Black Rider" makeup/mode, the Devil-as-Hungry-Ghost, that is very minimalist indeed and extraordinarily effective - a literal video profile. Oh, and there's also a CD of over an hour's worth of highlights from the concert. And a nice liner insert, plus terrific pics by Mick Rock ... what a deal. But I have one caveat .. this may be a fault on the DVD I purchased, but on the song "Guilt", as Lew Soloff finishes his trumpet solo, there is a brief (1 sec.) freeze on the disc that couldn't really come at a more annoying moment ... is this fault common to the entire pressing? Or is it a hiccup caused by a transition on the dual-layer disc? Apart from that, you need, seriously NEED, to own this DVD."
sassin | United States | 10/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was at this ferocious concert and this DVD offers a Brilliant view of M. Faithfull at her best: Dynamic, Stunning, Ecstatic, Tortured, Pure Unadulterated Marianne Faithfull! This disc captures Her in All Her Glory. Amen."
Yes, there's a glitch
W. Mankin | Washington, DC USA | 08/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Godfrey is correct. There is a 1 second video and audio freeze in the DVD during "Guilt". I also noticed at least two other places in the DVD where there appeared to be possible, but extremely brief audio glitches. Note to producers: This is very bad form. Note to Marianne: You deserve better."
BLAZING AWAY Should Be Released On DVD
Mark C. Wilson | Raleigh, North Carolina United States | 05/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a terrific concert for all the reasons proclaimed with enthusiasm by others, but on first seeing/hearing, I much preferred the previous SAME concert filmed in the Church in New York featuring Dr. John and Rick Danko, among other extraordinary musicians. I'm glad to see her out of the poison and clearly joyous, a much deserved respite, but there was far more dramatic presence in BLAZING AWAY. I'd like to have it released in DTS on DVD."
Great concert !
Timothy J. Quinn | Charlottesville, Virginia United States | 09/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this dvd. I only wish i could see her in REAL life. Marianne was at her best , and with a great band too. It also includes an interview with her, and the video for " There is a Ghost". I highly recommend it ! you'll love it !"