Mar­i­anne Faith­full has been a last­ing and fas­ci­nat­ing fig­ure since the 60s when she first rose to promi­nence with As Tears Go By. And now UMC have announced the release of Songs of Inno­cence and Expe­ri­ence 1965–1995, the defin­i­tive overview of the first 30 years of Mar­i­anne Faithfull’s record­ing career on the Dec­ca and Island labels. Out now is a pre­vi­ous­ly unre­leased alter­nate take of Donovan’s ‘Sun­ny Goodge Street’ record­ed for Marianne’s 1966 LP North Coun­try Maid, this track is one of five pre­vi­ous­ly unre­leased record­ings.

It’s the first Mar­i­anne Faith­full com­pi­la­tion since 2001’s ‘An Intro­duc­tion to…’ and the first to con­tain rare and unre­leased mate­r­i­al since the Island Anthol­o­gy ‘A Per­fect Stranger’ in 1998. 22 of the 28 tracks on the LP are mak­ing their first appear­ance on vinyl or first appear­ance since their orig­i­nal release.

The title Songs of Inno­cence and Expe­ri­ence acknowl­edges Marianne’s poet­ic influ­ences with its ref­er­ence to the work by William Blake, whilst also reflect­ing the change in style from the orches­tral folk-pop and high pure voice of Marianne’s ‘60s career to her new wave punk influ­enced come­back at the end of the 70s with Bro­ken Eng­lish.

The front cov­er fea­tures a hand drawn pen­cil image by Lithuan­ian artist Aistė Stan­cikaitė, com­mis­sioned exclu­sive­ly for the project and the pack­ag­ing also con­tains many rare and unseen images tak­en from the orig­i­nal album and sin­gle pho­to shoots. The col­lec­tion has been remas­tered from the orig­i­nal tapes by the Gram­my nom­i­nat­ed com­pil­er Andrew Batt, who also con­tributes sleeve notes.

Released September 16th 2022
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