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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Anti is proud to announce the release of Marianne Faithfull’s new album, Before the Poison!

Marianne Faithfull:

New album featuring collaborations with PJ Harvey and Nick Cave

To Be Released on Anti Records January 2005

Anti Records is proud to announce the U.S. release of Marianne Faithfull’s new album, Before the Poison set for release in January, 2005. The album will also be available on Naïve Records in Europe on September 27.

The ‘spine’ of the album – Marianne’s first for two years – are the contributions by PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Harvey has penned three of the songs and co-written another two with Faithfull while Cave and Marianne jointly wrote a further three tunes. Both PJ Harvey and Nick Cave – together with members of their respective bands - also perform on the album.

Damon Albarn has also contributed a song while the remaining track on the album was written by the acclaimed American composer Jon Brion in partnership with Marianne Faithfull. Before the Poison’s liner notes are by the renowned English novelist and critic, Will Self.

Track listing for Before the Poison is:

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE. Music and lyrics by PJ Harvey. The track features Marianne’s vocals with PJ Harvey on guitars, bass and synths and Rob Ellis on drums, piano and glockenspeil. The track was produced by PJ Harvey

MY FRIENDS HAVE. Music and lyrics by PJ Harvey. The track features Marianne Faithfull’s vocals together with PJ Harvey on guitars and backing vocals; Rob Ellis on drums and Portishead’s Adrian Utley on guitars and synth bass. The track was produced by PJ Harvey

CRAZY LOVE. Music by Nick Cave with lyrics by Marianne Faithfull. Marianne is backed by Cave together with Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos and Martin P Casey from the Bad Seeds. The track was co-produced by Nick Cave and Hal Willner

THE LAST SONG. Music and lyrics by Damon Albarn with additional lyrics by Marianne Faithfull. Marianne is backed by Adrian Utley on guitars and bass; Rob Ellis on piano and percussion; Catherine Browning on violins and Andy Nice on cello. The strong arrangements are by Rob Ellis, who also produced the track in partnership with Head

NO CHILD OF MINE. Music and lyrics by PJ Harvey. The track features Marianne’s vocals with PJ Harvey on backing vocals, guitars, piano and bass; Rob Ellis on drums and piano and Adrian Utley on bass synth. The track was produced by PJ Harvey

BEFORE THE POISON. Music by PJ Harvey with lyrics by Marianne Faithfull. The track features PJ Harvey on guitar, piano and backing vocals together with Rob Ellis on drums and percussion and Adrian Utley on bass and guitar. The track was produced by PJ Harvey

THERE IS A GHOST. Music by Nick Cave with lyrics by Marianne Faithfull. Recorded with Cave and Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos and Martin P Casey. The track was co-produced by Nick Cave and Hal Willner

IN THE FACTORY. Music by PJ Harvey with lyrics by Marianne Faithfull and PJ Harvey. The track features PJ Harvey on guitars, slide bass and synths together with Rob Ellis on drums and Adrian Utley on guitar and bass. It was produced by PJ Harvey

DESPERANTO. Music by Nick Cave with lyrics by Marianne Faithfull. Recorded with Cave and Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos and Martin P Casey. Co-produced by Nick Cave and Hal Willner.

CITY OF QUARTZ. Music by Jon Brion with lyrics by Marianne Faithfull. Jon Brion is the celebrated American composer, producer and songwriter who built his reputation working with such artists as Aimee Mann, Rufus Wainwright, David Byrne and The Eels. This track features Adrian Utley on toy piano, paintbrush guitar, sampled dictaphone of a marxophone originally played by Jon Brion; Diana Gutkind on piano; Rob Ellis on fake piano, fake vibraphone, fake glockenspeil and fake clockwork mechanisms; Catherine Browning on violins and Andy Nice on cello. The string arrangement is by Rob Ellis, who also produced the track in partnership with Head.

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