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A Child's Adventure is the tenth album by Marianne Faithfull, released on Island Records in 1983.

A Child's Adventure
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1983
RecordedMarch 1982
ProducerWally Badarou, Harvey Goldberg, Barry Reynolds
Marianne Faithfull chronology
Dangerous Acquaintances
A Child's Adventure
Rich Kid Blues


Background and recordingEdit

After two albums with Mark Mundy as producer, Marianne Faithfull recorded A Child's Adventure without a separate producer; the album was produced by backing musicians Wally Badarou and Barry Reynolds and engineer Harvey Goldberg. In an interview following the album's recording, she remarked, "On this album, because we didn't have a producer as such, we could really work closely together on the finer bits - the harmonics, which a producer often doesn't have the time for."[1]

Faithfull had been performing "She's Got a Problem", a poem written by Caroline Blackwood and put to music by Faithfull's then-husband Ben Brierley, since 1978.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [3]

Track listingEdit

1."Times Square"Barry Reynolds4:22
2."The Blue Millionaire"Wally Badarou, Marianne Faithfull, Reynolds5:35
3."Falling from Grace"Ben Brierley, Faithfull3:56
4."Morning Come"Badarou, Faithfull5:16
5."Ashes in My Hand"Faithfull, Reynolds4:51
6."Running for Our Lives"Badarou, Faithfull, Reynolds4:48
7."Ireland"Faithfull, Reynolds4:37
8."She's Got a Problem"Caroline Blackwood, Brierley3:55


Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[5] none 167,500 [4]*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Farber, Jim (June 1983). "I Got Here by the Skin of my Teeth". Record. 2 (8): 1, 30.
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  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. A Child's Adventure at AllMusic
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  5. ^ "French album certifications – Marianne Faithfull – A childs adventure" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.