BMG are set to reissue Marianne Faithfull’s 1999 studio album Vagabond Ways on March 4, 2022. The reissue, originally recorded at Teatro Studios in California and Produced by Mark Howard and Daniel Lanois, will include a selection of previously unreleased bonus demos and an unheard studio recording, plus new liner notes. It will be the first time the album has been released as a heavyweight vinyl, as well as in CD and digital formats.
Vagabond Ways was Marianne Faithfull’s first album containing original material after a 5 year gap; in between which her biography Faithfull was released, as well as her recording of the Kurt Weill opera The Seven Deadly Sins. Many of the stories told on this album were adapted from memories that didn’t make the biography, or her observations of social struggles she felt particularly moved by. Other tracks include an interpretation Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song”, a track gifted to her from the Pink Floyd vaults by Roger Waters, and “For Wanting You”, written specially for Marianne Faithfull by songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Bonus material on the album include an unheard Marianne Faithfull and Daniel Lanois composition, “Drifting”, recorded at the time of the original sessions but left off the final album, as well as demo recordings of “Vagabond Ways”, “Incarceration of a Flower Child”, “Electra”, and “Tower of Song”. The reissue also includes the Bob Dylan penned “Blood In My Eyes”, included on a physical format for the first time outside of its original release as a bonus track on the Japanese version.