Heaven & Earth

Heaven & Earth

by John Martyn
     
 

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The late John Martyn was a legend in British music circles, a phenomenal guitarist and arranger whose influence has been acknowledged by everyone from Bob Marley and Eric Clapton to Brian Eno and the Edge, and whose approach to soundcraft helped lay theSee more details below

Overview

The late John Martyn was a legend in British music circles, a phenomenal guitarist and arranger whose influence has been acknowledged by everyone from Bob Marley and Eric Clapton to Brian Eno and the Edge, and whose approach to soundcraft helped lay the foundation for an entire generation of trip-hop artists and DJs. Heaven and Earth is sort of of a tribute album; it consists of unfinished tracks that Martyn was working on at the time of his death in 2009, some of them bluesy, some reggae-inflected or jazzy, but all of them imbued with a powerful sense of space and an expansive approach to melody. "Heel of the Hunt" is among the most spacious and powerful tracks on this album, while "Stand Amazed" hints strongly at reggae while guitars, clavinets, and soulful backing vocalists respond with more of an R&B vibe. "Bad Company" is a bluesy rocker; "Gambler" is a slow-rocking blues. Amazing as the music consistently is, however, it can't overcome this album's primary liability, which is Martyn's atrocious singing. Only rarely does Martyn seem actually to be hitting any notes; instead he growls and grunts and declaims his lyrics in a deep, gruff voice that makes him sound very often like a drunken bear. "Could've Told You Before I Met You" matches voice to groove most effectively, but on just about every other song Martyn's singing is like a wet and scratchy wool blanket laid over a table set with delicious food on glittering china. None of this makes him any less of a musical genius; it's just that sometimes geniuses should let other people do the singing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
Label:
Liaison Music
UPC:
0650113401029
catalogNumber:
4010
Rank:
36913

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Martyn   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Phil Collins   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Arran Ahmun   Percussion,Drums
Gary Foote   Baritone Saxophone
John Giblin   Acoustic Bass
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Rene Robinson   Background Vocals
Stefon Taylor   Organ,Electric Guitar
Alan Thomson   Bass
Jim Tullio   Synthesizer
Jim Weider   Electric Guitar
Cheryl Wilson   Background Vocals
Spencer Cozens   Synthesizer,Piano,Steel Drums
Stevie Robinson   Background Vocals
Martin Winning   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Nathan Bray   Trumpet
Chris "Hambone" Cameron   Synthesizer,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Gary Pollitt   Electric Guitar
Frankie Usher   Electric Guitar
Suzi Chunk   Percussion

Technical Credits

Michael Page   Art Direction
Jim Snowden   Executive Producer
Stefon Taylor   Engineer,Additional Production
Jim Tullio   Producer,Engineer
Spencer Cozens   Engineer,Additional Production
Andrea Wright   Engineer
Martyn   Composer
Teresa Walsh   Executive Producer
Gary Pollitt   Producer,Engineer
Reggie Hastings   Concept,Cover Art

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