A Secret Life (album)

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A Secret Life
Studio album by Marianne Faithfull
Released 21 March 1995
Label Island
Producer Angelo Badalamenti
Marianne Faithfull chronology
Blazing Away
A Secret Life
20th Century Blues

A Secret Life is an album by Marianne Faithfull that was released in 1995 and produced by Angelo Badalamenti. It was her first studio album composed mostly of original material in over a decade. It was recorded at Excalibur Sound and National/Edison Recording Studio, New York.

On A Secret Life, Faithfull displays a more tender side to her voice, complemented by Badalamenti's orchestrated compositions.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Angelo Badalamenti. All lyrics written or co-written by Marianne Faithfull except "Prologue", taken from Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri, "Losing" written by D. Forman and D. Levine, and "Epilogue" taken from The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

  1. "Prologue" (Badalamenti, Dante Alighieri) – 2:03
  2. "Sleep" (Faithfull, Badalamenti, Frank McGuiness) – 3:43
  3. "Love in the Afternoon" (Faithfull, Badalamenti) – 3:30
  4. "Flaming September" (Faithfull, Badalamenti) – 5:01
  5. "She" (Faithfull, Badalamenti) – 3:24
  6. "Bored by Dreams" (Faithfull, Badalamenti) – 3:08
  7. "Losing" (Foreman, Levine, Badalamenti) – 3:52
  8. "Wedding" (Faithfull, Badalamenti, McGuiness) – 3:16
  9. "Stars Line Up" (Badalamenti, Faithfull) – 3:51
  10. "Epilogue" (Badalamenti, William Shakespeare) – 3:12


  • Marianne Faithfull – vocals
  • Carmine D'Amico – guitar
  • Vinnie Bell – guitar, mandolin
  • Gene Orloff – violin
  • Al Brown, Julien Barber, Lamar Alsop, Ann Barak, Mitsue Takayama, Kenneth Fricker, Juliet Haffner, Harry Zaratzian – viola
  • Frederick Zlotkin, Clay Ruede, Beverely Lauridsen, Julie Green – cello
  • Al Regni, Pamela Sklar, Lawrence Feldman – flute, alto flute
  • Shelley Woodworth, Sherry Sylar – oboe, oboe d'amore
  • Andre Badalamenti – clarinet
  • Robert Carlisle – French horn
  • Kinny Landrum, Angelo Badalamenti – keyboards
  • Rufus Reid, Mark Egan - bass
  • Sam Merendino, Gordon Gottlieb – drums, percussion