The Beat goes on put these two albums together on cd. I've been wanting to get North Country Maid for years but its price goes up and down. It's finally affordable plus it threw in another album of hers. Marianne Faithfull's voice here is pleasant and she sings folk songs here. Sally Free and Easy, North Country Maid, and This Little Bird are all really good songs. The later was written by John D. Loudermilk, a musician I've been curious about for a while. Marianne Faithfull's voice would change and so would her image. I think that even in her 60's days that she was a bit gothic. I can't decide who I like more the British songbird of the 60's or the tortured soul on Broken English. Either way it's good music.
This collection of the Motown group from the 70's is cheap on Amazon. It's only $5 and it's completely worth it. The Temptations did a cover of Papa was a Rolling Stone and their version is more famous but I like The Undisputed Truth's version more because it is cheesier. Smiling Faces is another song like Backstabbers about the mean side of human nature. It's a great song. UFOs is fun. They left Motown and followed with their producer Norman Whitfield to his new label. Some of their albums are starting to get on cd. I will have to buy their records that aren't though. The Undisputed Truth proves there's a reason why I still need a turntable.
I own Not Responsible: The Very Best of and it's all right. However this out of print cd, which covers two of her albums, is just as good if not better. The background singers are better for example. This is Helen Shapiro doing covers like Walk on By, Lipstick on your collar, and It might as well rain until September. There's a more sophisticated sound. Helen Shapiro sings with her rich alto on these songs and understands the material. It's a good cd.