Marianne Faithfull set to release 23rd album this summer 

Ask anyone who was lucky enough to be there. One of the most visually stunning shows San Francisco has ever experienced, we kid you not, was Robert Wilson’s incredible spectacle “The Black Rider — The Casting Of The Magic Bullets” at ACT several years ago, which starred legendary chanteuse Marianne Faithfull as the devil.

Which made perfect casting sense, given her wild, often controversial exploits since she burst onto the rock scene in the ’60s with Jagger/Richards’ “As Tears Go By” (and Jagger himself, as well). Her 47-year career is peppered with such honors. In fact, she was just made a Commander of Arts And Letters in France, an honor bestowed on her by the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand.

And on June 28, Faithfull returns with her 23rd album, “Horses And High Heels,” already out overseas.

It features four new songs and eight covers, like Carole King’s “Going Back” and “The Stations” from Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan, plus killer cameos from Lou Reed, the MC-5’s Wayne Kramer and others.

Like her 2009 effort “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Horses” was produced by her longtime collaborator Hal Willner, and recorded in New Orleans. Faithfull is keeping up with the digital age, too. She’s offering a free album-tasting download of the track “Why Did We Have To Part?” on her website.

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