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Marianne Faithfull a la television 1965-67

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Marianne Faithfull à la Télévision 1965-67

Side One

1. Come And Stay With Me (Jackie DeShannon)
2. Plaisir d’Amour (Jean-Paul-Égide Martini)

3.As Tears Go By (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham)
4. Go Away From My World (Jon Mark)
5. Yesterday (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
6. Nuits d’Eté (Brian Thomas Henderson, Lisa Strike, Marcel Stellman)
7. What Have They Done With The Rain? (Malvina Reynolds)
8. Hier Ou Demain (Serge Gainsbourg)
9. Brian Epstein interview

Side Two

10. This Little Bird  (John D. Loudermilk)

11. Come And Stay With Me (Jackie DeShannon)

12. What Have They Done With The Rain? (Malvina Reynolds) / As Tears Go By (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham)
13. There But For Fortune (Phil Ochs)
14. Come And Stay With Me (Jackie DeShannon)

15. Yesterday (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
16. Nuits d’Eté (Brian Thomas Henderson, Lisa Strike, Marcel Stellman)
17. Si Demain (E. Woolfson, M.Stellman)

Recording Details

 

1-6 Scene de L’Olympia, Discorama 1966

7 A Tous Vents 1966

8 Dents de Lait Dents de Loup 11/1/67
9 Hullaballoo 19/01/65

10-12 Shindig 07/07/65

13 Shindig 14/10/65

14-16 Music Hall de France 66

17 Melody French TV 1965 / Tom Jones Show 1966

 

Personnel

Marianne Faithfull – Vocals

Jon Mark – Guitar

 

Sleevenotes

The French have always loved Marianne Faithfull and the feeling is reciprocated: today she has a flat in Paris on the grand Boulevard du Montparnasse. Back in the mid-1960’s Marianne was a regular performer on French television: such shows provide the majority of the songs featured here, all presented in excellent sound quality.

Marianne Evelyn Gabriel Faithfull was born in Hampstead on December 29th 1946. She was a 17 year old schoolgirl when she met Andrew Loog Oldham at a show-biz party in early 1964. Oldham was then managing the meteoric rise of the Rolling Stones, and he persuaded Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to donate her a song. Talking to Andrew Tyler of the New Musical Express in February 1974 Marianne said that although Mick Jagger said he wrote her first hit ‘As Tears Go By’ for her she has always doubted this. “When I was 16 I wanted to be an actress and a scholar too. But whatever I wanted to be I wanted to be great at it. My first move was to get a Rolling Stone as a boyfriend. I slept with three and then I decided the lead singer was the best bet.“ Her relationship with Jagger would be a major influence on both her personal life and her career trajectory.

Interviewed by Alain Elkan in October 2018 Marianne said that in retrospect she feels proud of these embryonic performances.  “It took me a long time to make my career. It really started in 1979, but I think my early work was rather beautiful too.”  The follow up to ‘As Tears Go By’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowing In The Wind’ didn’t do anything but in 1965 she had further hits with ‘Come And Stay With Me’, ‘This Little Bird’ and ‘Summer Nights’. Her first two albums Marianne Faithfull and Come My Way also made the charts, despite inexplicably being released on the same day in May 1965. These records featured Faithfull’s delicate, wistful voice plus arrangements and backing from Jon Mark.

The song selection is eclectic. There is pop in Yesterday – Marianne knew Paul McCartney through ex-husband John Dunbar, and As Tears Go By was a song she would return to throughout her career.  Highly respected American singer/songwriter (and Jimmy Page’s girlfriend) Jackie DeShannon provided Come And Stay With Me, troubled troubadour Phil Ochs was the source of There But For Fortune and Tobacco Road / Everything’s Alright songwriter John D. Loudermilk was responsible for This Little Bird. Regular accompanist Jon Mark got a rare songwriting credit on Go Away From My World. The songwriter of What Have They Done To The Rain was Malvina Reynolds a US social commentator, better known for her hits Little Boxes and Mornington Ride.

Of the songs sung in French Plaisir d’Amour (literally ‘The Pleasure Of Love’) dates back to 1784. The melody may sound familiar as it is the basis of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. Nuits d’Eté (‘Summer Nights’) is based on music by Berlioz and is part of a song cycle which runs from youthful innocence to loss to final renewal. Hier Ou Demain was an original Serge Gainsbourg song specially written for the musical film Anna, broadcast on French TV in January 1967. Si Demain appeared on the 1966 EP Coquillages.

Further LPs would follow in a similar idiom, but to diminishing sales. By 1967 Marianne was completely entangled with Mick Jagger, to her own artistic detriment. However in her role as his muse she helped inspire of some of the Stones best ever songs including Sympathy For The Devil, Let It Bleed, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and Wild Horses. In 1969 Marianne released her version of the Gerry Goffin / Carole King song Something Better. Produced by Mick Jagger and arranged by Jack Nitzsche it should have been a huge hit, but Decca withdrew the release after being spooked by the B side, a Faithfull co-write entitled Sister Morphine. A luminous Marianne performed Something Better for the Stones Rock’n’Roll Circus TV special.

Nothing more was heard from Marianne Faithfull until 1975 when the country-influenced LP Dreaming My Dreams reached number one in the Irish charts. Her artistic renaissance began in earnest with the punk-influenced Broken English album in 1979. Since then she has continued to release new material on a regular basis and in recent years has seemed to face down her demons – addictions, anorexia and Mick Jagger.

Andrew Loog Oldham dismissively described the teenage Marianne as “an angel with big tits”. After making artistically-acclaimed records for over 50 years and releasing two autobiographies Marianne Faithful is now regarded not as a muse but as a successful and determined artist in her own right. Returning to those charming early live performances offers an opportunity to relive how it all began.

Sleevenotes: Cherie Redd

 

The Rolling Stones – more LIVE if you want it! 7″ Vinyl EP

 

Side One

  1. High Heel Sneakers (Robert Higgenbotham)
  2. Not Fade Away (Charles Hardin, Norman Petty)

Side Two

  1. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon)
  2. I’m Alright (Ellas McDaniel)

 

Recording details

1 The Joe Loss Pop Show, broadcast 10.04.64,

2-4 NME Poll Winners Concert, Wembley Empire Pool 26.04.64, broadcast by ABC on 03.05.64 as “Big Beat ‘64”

 

Personnel

Mick Jagger – vocals

Keith Richard – guitar, vocals

Brian Jones – guitar, harmonica

Bill Wyman – bass

Charlie Watts – drums

 

Sleevenotes: Lou Goldham

Throughout 1964 and 1965 the Stones were beneficiaries of the BBC’s ‘needletime’ agreement. Until it was abandoned in 1988 needletime was the number of hours of music on record that the BBC and other broadcasters were allowed to play per day. In order to supplement this allowance, the BBC commissioned extensive live recording sessions from the prominent pop groups of the day, thus inadvertently creating a rich archive of otherwise unavailable material. The Rolling Stones official “On Air” set showcased many of the tracks recorded for the BBC but some still remain officially unreleased. Here we have an extended version of High Heel Sneakers, a stalwart of the Stones 1964 live repertoire that was never released on a studio LP.

Later in April 1964 Bill Wyman’s diary says “We played the NME poll winners concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley. We chatted with the Beatles backstage, John Lennon was very complimentary about our album. Also on the bill were the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Dave Clark Five, Cliff Richard, Manfred Mann and the Searchers. We performed I Just Want To Make Love To You, Not Fade Away and I’m Alright. A year ago we had been playing to an audience of just a few hundred people at the Ricky Tick in Windsor: now we had a wonderful reception from over 10,000 fans. Even the Beatles admitted that the scale of the response to our performance had freaked them out.”

Ronnie Wood Review from Record Collector Magazine (January 2020 edition)

Carroll, Perry, Reeves & Cash

The Hope & Anchor, Islington, 19.12.19

Carroll, Perry, Reeves & Cash are not a firm of accountants but a highly effective showcase for JC Carroll’s evocative songs. Playing unbilled as support to JCs main band The Members their five song set was brief but left the crowd wanting more. JC was on acoustic guitar and vocals, John Perry on lead guitar, Tony Reeves on double bass and Nick Cash on drums. An extensive pedigree here: John Perry made his reputation with the Only Ones, Nick Cash has played with The Lines and Fad Gadget whilst Tony Reeves’ CV is extensive, ranging from Davy Graham to Colosseum and Curved Air. So Many Shades Of Blue, In the Beginning and Caveman TV all highlighted Perry’s elegant, understated lead parts, totally distinctive and equal parts Peter Green and Hank Marvin. Reeves dextrous double-bass managed to both drive the songs and provide a melodic counterpoint to the guitars whilst Cash’s brushwork unobtrusively held the songs together. The interplay of Carroll and Perry worked well until the closing Golborne Road when Carrol switched to electric and the parts were less well defined. All this and a “surf cabaret” version of Delilah. More please.

Merchandise; None

Review written for Record Collector magazine

Ronnie B. Goode!

Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five

All Saints Church, Kingston November 20th and Shepherd’s Bush Empire, November 21th

Ronnie took full advantage of gigging in a Saxon Church by playing Sweet Little Sixteen from the pulpit before taking his rightful place stage centre. Prior to this pianist Ben Waters had warmed up the 300-strong crowd with a tribute to Johnnie Johnson and introduced us to the band – Dion Egtved (bass), Dexter Hercules (drums), Antti Snellman (tenor sax) and Tom Waters (alto sax). A brace of backing singers and Imelda May on co-vocals allowed for a varied set of Chuck Berry songs. Outstanding were Mad Lad, a haunting instrumental played on lap steel plus several tracks covered by the Stones including Let It Rock, Little Queenie, Don’t Lie To Me, a rousing Carol and  set-closer Bye Bye Johnny. Ronnie also  revisited his time as a Face  with an evocative version of  Memphis Tennessee (“we always used to screw that one up”). Throughout a ninety minute set Ronnie’s guitar playing was faultless and just loose enough to be fun.

The following night saw a very similar set played to an absolutely rammed Shepherds Bush Empire. The audience response was equally enthusiastic with fans from all over the world helping with the vocals of Sweet Little Rock And Roller. Special guest vocalist on a seasonal Run Run Rudolph was Lulu – small in stature, big in voice.

Special Merchandise: Unique T shirts with artwork designed by Ronnie £30 (Kingston) and Mad Lad hoodies £50 (Shepherd’s Bush)

This review written for Record Collector magazine

Photocredit: Chalky1172 (via Instagram)

 

 

 

My Rival – Alex Chilton (2019)

Record Store Day/Black Friday Omnivore Records 10” EP (digital download to follow)

In recent years the industry around Alex Chilton has begun to resemble that around the Stooges with a wide variety of studio and live product of varying sound quality and artistic merit. This however is different. No so much for the five songs, all of which we have heard before. I first came across She Might Look My Way on a vinyl single that accompanied Judith Berman’s loyal Back Of A Car fanzine where it was performed by co-writer Tommy Hoehn. Then it popped up again on the Star Crossed boot in a Chilton band version, possibly one of the demos that Alex cut for Karin Berg at Elektra in 1977. My Rival and Windows Hotel were also Elektra demos whereas All Of The Time was the lead track on the Ork EP The Singer Not The Song.

So material-wise we have been here before. What makes this EP so fascinating is that it represents the last ever collaboration between Big Star co-founders Chilton and Chris Bell. Recorded at Ardent Studios Memphis in September 1975 Alex plays guitars and sings and Bell engineers the session. According to the excellent sleeve notes from Rich Tupica this was a try-out to see if Bell and Chilton could reunite for a Big Star show in London; the fact they subsequently went in different directions  indicated that the answer was no. These tracks displace You and Your Sister as the last recorded Bell/Chilton session. The delicious harmonies and exquisite arrangement of the acoustic She Might Look My Way (Take 2) suggests a Big Star chimera and a path not taken. Worth getting for this track alone.

Alex Chilton in the studio producing The Cramps at Sam Phillips Recording Studio, Memphis, Tennessee. December 1977.

 

 

Martin Stephenson @ The Half Moon, Putney

September 18th 2019

A packed Half Moon gave an enthusiastic welcome to troubadour Martin Stephenson (Daintees) sympathetically supported by Jim Morrison (really) on violin, James Cole on banjo / guitar and Anna Lavigne on occasional vocals. The sound balance in this intimate setting was perfect, allowing Martin’s acoustic guitar picking to shine and his stream of jokes and stories to hit their mark. The material was a well judged blend of originals and rootsy covers such as Cannonball Rag (Merle Travis) and Deep River Blues (Delmore Brothers), giving a Mike Wilhelm/Ronnie Lane vibe. A highlight  of the first set was Goodbye John, Martin’s tribute to Speedy Keen. For the second set special guest John Perry (Only Ones) added his 1976 Martin acoustic to the mix. His clean and considered solos and subtle fills fitted seamlessly, belying the lack of rehearsal. Martin and Anna’s vocals combined perfectly on Signposts to Heaven before the band encored with rousing versions of Wholly Humble Heart (featuring Ian Roberts on vocals) and Little Red Bottle.

Gig Collectibles: exclusive selection of CDs released on Martin’s Barbaraville Records (£10)

Review written for Record Collector magazine

Photo credit: Anna Lavigne

First Set
Took My Gal A Walking  (Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers)
Cannonball Rag (Merle Travis)
All I do is dream (Arthur Freed)
Joe McCue
Deep River Blues (The Delmore Brothers)
Home
Every Kind Of Heaven (Stephenson/Lavigne)
Goodbye John

Second Set
Western Eagle
Open Road (David Foster)
The Whisky
Stone Broke
Left Us To Burn
Little Red Bottle
Mother’s Son
Signposts to Heaven (Stephenson/Lavigne)
Me And Mathew
The Hangman
Salutation Road
Wholly Humble Heart
Little Red Bottle

1977 And All That

The Year That Punk Broke – Cherry Red 3CD set

I was delighted to receive this box set for two reasons: my band is included  (Trash, in the prestigious CD3/Track 14 slot) and I got it for free. Had I paid for it, I might feel different. Here’s why.

It is a brilliant selection of hits, misses and no-hopers – a staggering 87 tracks and a comprehensive mini-book which gives you trenchant details of every one. Compilers David Wells and John Reed are to be congratulated on a job well and truly done. Remastering by Simon Murphy has delivered consistent volume, always a potential problem with multi-source compilations.

So the problem is not the presentation: it is the content. Too many songs here sound like too many other songs. Too many lyrics involve being free, myself,  bored and not caring: ironic from a movement that put great store in individuality. Musically there is a dearth of good drummers and a surplus of crappy studio sounds that transcend helpful simplicity and get in the way of the songs.

What works ? Well chosen cover versions such as The Count Bishops assault on The Kinks’ I Need You and the Rezillos zippy I Wanna Be Your Man. Confident producers help, such as Nick Lowe leaving Whole Wide World (Wreckless Eric) so unadorned and letting old-waver Larry Wallis get rowdy on Police Car. Humour helps, which means John Cooper-Clarke’s Innocents is a shoe-in as is the Albertos Kill!, a spoof which ironically sounds the most punkish thing here. Being older and having acquired some musical chops also helps, take a bow The Only Ones and the Heartbreakers.The one single that I had never heard before but I am now going to rush out and attempt to buy is I Can’t Come by the Snivelling Shits, a three chord thrash that degenerates into a list of people who can’t come – truly The Intro And The Outro for the blank generation.

In my youth I championed pub-rock over prog-rock, so 1977 felt like vindication to me. Now it feels like putting an old carpet over your allotment for a couple of years to kill off the weeds. You might get rid of the unwanted growth, but you spend two years looking at a carpet.

Picture Discs: Why I Hate Them

From the new edition of Record Collector magazine (August 2019)

Nina Antonia Rare Book Release

Editor: John Perry

In Cold Blood: eBook of Punk Legend’s Official Biography Showcases Unseen Photos of New York Dolls’ Johnny Thunders

Nina Antonia’s ‘Johnny Thunders… In Cold Blood’ brings a beautiful, hard-rocking illustrated e-book edition to the official published biography of New York Dolls’ Johnny Thunders. Due for release on July 15th 2019, on what would have been Thunders’ sixty-seventh birthday, the new edition showcases over 120 images (including photos never seen before) to take readers on an illuminating journey through the glam rock pioneer’s life. It also addresses his death and the results of a 1991 autopsy, making it vital reading for anyone curious about Thunders’ mysterious demise, recently the topic of a film, ‘Room 37’.

United Kingdom – In 1987, music journalist Nina Antonia finally turned her lifelong obsession with Johnny Thunders into a job, after being granted the rights to publish his official biography. It’s a publication that has seen many different editions, and is now being released in eBook format with more new information and exclusive content than ever before.

‘Johnny Thunders… In Cold Blood’ will be published on what would have been the legend’s sixty-seventh birthday, and brings his life full circle with new photographs and revelations about his death in 1991. Currently it is number one in Amazon.com’s future punk music biographies.

Synopsis:

The official biography of the New York Dolls and Heartbreakers’ guitarist. ‘Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood’ is the cult bible of all things Thunders. It is the definitive portrait of the condemned man of rock’n’roll, from the baptism of fire and tragedy that was the New York Dolls, through the junkie punk years of the Heartbreakers and beyond. It is an unflinching account of a unique guitarist whose drug problems often overshadowed his considerable style and talent. Johnny was a hugely influential figure in both the glam-rock and punk eras and his music and style still resonates today.

Nina Antonia discovered Johnny Thunders and the New York Dolls when a young teenager and spent her formative years as a dedicated fan. Writing was her other passion and she commenced his biography in the early 80’s. Then Johnny came to London, he and his manager read her drafts, decided the book should be an authorised biography, and uniquely gave her full access to Johnny’s life.

The book covers Johnny from his early life through the New York Dolls, Heartbreakers and solo, with interviews of many of the characters involved in his career. It then changes tone and the story is continued in the present tense as Nina describes her first-person experiences of mixing with the real-life Johnny and his associates.

First published in 1987, it was updated and revised in 2000 after Johnny’s death and with further insights gained from Nina’s biography of the New York Dolls (Omnibus). ‘In Cold Blood’ has also been published in Italy and Japan.

For the first time this edition provides new information about Johnny’s death, by publishing summaries from the autopsy and a full letter from the New Orleans Coroner that clarifies Johnny’s autopsy results and diagnoses. Johnny died suddenly in mysterious circumstances there in 1991, leading to much speculation.

This new e-book edition contains over 120 pics and illustrations, including unseen photos.

“I’m so pleased to have turned a youth obsession with Johnny into what has become a life dedicated to sharing his story,” explains the author. “And it stands to reason there would be multiple editions of this official biography, as we continue to discover new information about his life and death. This is vital reading for anyone into the punk and glam rock scenes, or music history in general.”

Continuing, “I also have another release – ‘Johnny Thunders Sleeve Notes’ – which gives deep background information to each album, interactive links to them and becomes an invaluable companion to my other biographical works. Johnny’s story is still evolving, needs to be told and I guarantee I’ll be there to tell the world.”

‘Johnny Thunders… In Cold Blood’ is due for release on July 15th, 2019. Copies can currently be pre-ordered from Amazon: https://smarturl.it/JTICB-ebook.

Purchase ‘Johnny Thunders Sleeve Notes’, here: https://smarturl.it/JTnotes.

Exclusive interview with the author: https://bit.ly/2YBrUp2.

About the Author:

Nina Antonia (Liverpool, 1960) is a former music journalist, who has contributed to Uncut, Mojo, Classic Rock and Record Collector. Nina Antonia’s first book was ‘Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood’ in 1987. Since then she’s also written biographies of the New York Dolls, Peter Perrett of The Only Ones, and edited the diaries of Pete Doherty. As well as appearing on Radio One and BBC Six Music, Nina has performed at spoken word events, had a retrospective held at the Barbican and in 2013 lectured on Glam at Tate Liverpool. Nina has featured in various documentaries, including ‘New York Doll’ about Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane and appears in Danny Garcia’s poignant documentary ‘Looking For Johnny’.

In 2016, Nina had her first supernatural piece ‘South-West 13’ published. Essays about the likes of Lord Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde continued the theme, followed by her first supernatural novel ‘The Greenwood Faun’. Her most recent book is ‘Incurable – The Haunted Writings of Lionel Johnson, the Decadent Era’s Dark Angel’.

 A feature film of ‘Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood’ is currently in the pre-production stage, to be directed by Jonas Akerlund (the Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2 etc director) .

“The Smartest Chick I ever met.” – Johnny Thunders

“Nina Writes, Seen her Riot.” – Peter Doherty

“Priceless Books for One Such as I.” – Morrissey

“Nina Antonia Makes a fascinating Story, Irresistible.” – Uncut

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