Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's a forgone conclusion that tribute albums are virtually always a mixed bag. From the jump it's worth saying that Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn fits that bill as well. That said, there are reasons that this recording is quite special, and not necessarily for the array of artists who participate. First, kudos should go to producer Jim Tullio, who guided this project to fruition, beginning right after the songwriter's death; he was a friend and collaborator who he helped Martyn complete his final studio album, Heaven and Earth. It seems that in respect to Martyn's memory, virtually every artist on this deluxe, beautifully presented, 30-track double-CD...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's a forgone conclusion that tribute albums are virtually always a mixed bag. From the jump it's worth saying that Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn fits that bill as well. That said, there are reasons that this recording is quite special, and not necessarily for the array of artists who participate. First, kudos should go to producer Jim Tullio, who guided this project to fruition, beginning right after the songwriter's death; he was a friend and collaborator who he helped Martyn complete his final studio album, Heaven and Earth. It seems that in respect to Martyn's memory, virtually every artist on this deluxe, beautifully presented, 30-track double-CD and DVD package adhered to the thing that Martyn did himself: letting the song dictate its presentation and get out of the way. The songs presented here cover from the entire range of Martyn's career, and the number of stand-out tracks is surprising. Disc one includes Beck's faithful yet futuristic reading of "Stormbringer," Clarence Fountain and Sam Butler of the Blind Boys of Alabama's foreboding read of "Glorious Fool," Robert Smith's deeply emotive "Small Hours," Ted Barnes' whimsical "Over the Hill," and Lisa Hannigan's stripped-to-the-bone take of "Couldn't Love You More," accompanied by a harmonium and Tullio's guitar. Morcheeba's Skye Edwards bravely took on Martyn's signature tune, "Solid Air," and acquits herself beautifully by keeping it sparse and retaining its jazz phrasing and haunted atmosphere. The Swell Season does a fine "I Don't Want to Know," backed by Martyn's road band. Cheryl Wilson's "You Can Discover" actually features Martyn playing guitar with Steve Rodby on bass from an unreleased album session of hers. Disc two offers Beth Orton's languid "Go Down Easy," and the late South African poet and songwriter (and Martyn contemporary) Syd Kitchen doing a gorgeous, inventive "Fine Lines," a true highlight. Vashti Bunyan, who was first mesmerized by Martyn in the late '60s, offers a lithe, plainspoken "Head and Heart"; Judie Tzuke, whom Martyn admired, offers a faithful "Hurt in Your Heart." Tullio's version of "Road to Ruin," is rough, ready, and dead on; it was to have been sung by Levon Helm (who had a long personal and professional relationship with the songwriter), but he was unable to contribute because of vocal problems. Closing it out is "Tearing and Breaking" by Phil Collins; he played with Martyn on several crucial albums (including the classic Grace & Danger), and was a close personal friend to the end. His obviously deep affection is evident in every note of this breathtaking performance. Despite some weak entries, this is one tribute recording well worth obtaining for its many treasures. It may be a vain hope that a project like this will spread Martyn's reputation and he'll get in death what he richly deserved in life, but it's a hope nonetheless. [The DVD contains numerous anecdotes, stories, and tributes from many different artists influenced by Martyn including Tullio, Edwards, Glen Hansard, Wilson, Butler, and others. The real treats, however, are the interspersed clips of Martyn playing, and his unaccompanied acoustic performance of "Cocaine Lil" which closes it out.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • Label: Liaison Music
  • UPC: 650113401227
  • Catalog Number: 4012
  • Sales rank: 69,634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let the Good Things Come - David Gray (3:24)
  2. 2 Glorious Fool - Sam Butler (5:12)
  3. 3 Small Hours - Robert Smith (7:54)
  4. 4 Stormbringer - Beck (4:25)
  5. 5 Over the Hill - Ted Barnes (4:13)
  6. 6 I Don't Want to Know - The Swell Season (3:46)
  7. 7 Bless the Weather - The Emperors of Wyoming (4:08)
  8. 8 Couldn't Love You More - Lisa Hannigan (3:14)
  9. 9 Go Easy - Vetiver (4:29)
  10. 10 Solid Air - Skye (5:40)
  11. 11 You Can Discover - Cheryl Wilson (4:16)
  12. 12 The Easy Blues - Joe Bonamassa (2:12)
  13. 13 Dancing - Sonia Dada (3:48)
  14. 14 Certain Surprise - Sabrina Dinan (4:13)
  15. 15 One World - Paolo Nutini (4:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 May You Never - Snow Patrol (5:41)
  2. 2 Go Down Easy - Beth Orton (3:07)
  3. 3 Fairy Tale Lullaby - Bombay Bicycle Club (2:23)
  4. 4 Fine Lines - Syd Kitchen (5:45)
  5. 5 Head & Heart - Vashti (4:42)
  6. 6 Run Honey Run - Bradley Burgess (3:41)
  7. 7 Angeline - Nicholas Barron (5:05)
  8. 8 Walk to the Water (2:57)
  9. 9 Hurt in Your Heart - Judie Tzuke (4:37)
  10. 10 Road to Ruin - Jim Tullio (3:26)
  11. 11 John Wayne - Oh My God (4:12)
  12. 12 Rope Soul'd - The Black Ships (7:25)
  13. 13 Back to Stay - Ultan Conlon (3:24)
  14. 14 Anna - Brendan Campbell (5:26)
  15. 15 Tearing and Breaking - Phil Collins (5:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn DVD
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Martyn Acoustic Guitar
Clarence Fountain Background Vocals
Phil Collins Synthesizer, Percussion, Electric Piano, Vocals
Nicholas Tremulis Guitar
Phil Davis Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Simon Jones Group Member
Joe Bonamassa Vocals, national steel guitar
Sam Butler Vocals, Background Vocals
Paris Delane Background Vocals
Sam Dixon Bass
Jason Falkner Acoustic Guitar
John Giblin String Bass
David Gray Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica, Wurlitzer
Sam Hogan Background Vocals
Neill MacColl Background Vocals
Nick McCabe Group Member
Dan Pritzker Guitar
Steve Rodby Acoustic Bass
Bill Ruppert Guitar, Ebo
Erik Scott Bass
John Scully Piano, Strings
Alan Thomson Bass
Jim Tullio Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Ebo
Judie Tzuke Vocals
Butch Vig Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Jim Weider Electric Guitar
Cheryl Wilson Vocals
Ali Friend Acoustic Bass
Ingrid Graudins Background Vocals
Joey Waronker Drums
Beth Orton Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Paul Godfrey Drums
Skye Edwards Vocals
Matt Walker Drums
Howard Gott Violin, Viola
Prabjote Osahn Violin
Henry Clark Trumpet
Ted Barnes Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele
Franklyn Lee Anderson Jr. Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Kim Henry Vocal Harmony
Sam Amidon Piano
Andy Cabic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Glen Hansard Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Graham Hopkins Drums
Vashti Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals
Rob Bochnik Guitar
Gary Lightbody Vocals
Tom Simpson Keyboards
Keith Prior Drums
Leo Abrahams Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals
Michele Schillace Group Member
Matt Dowse Trombone
Lisa Hannigan Harmonium, Vocals
Nathan Connolly Guitar
Chris "Hambone" Cameron Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Brian Lebarton Keyboards
Thomas Dybdahl Bass
May Ann Pescante Background Vocals
Chris Nickson Vocals
Michael Scott Vocals
Mark Ohlsen Flugelhorn
Paolo Nutini Vocals
Seb Rochford Drums
Paul Wilson Bass
Syd Kitchen Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Tenor Recorder
Markéta Irglová Piano, Vocals
Brian Berkowitz Keyboards
Nicholas Barron Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Gavin Clark Vocals
Davide Rossi Group Member
Robert Logan Synthesizer
Matthew Racher Drums
Jack Steadman Group Member
Travis T. Bernard Drums
Bogie Bowles Stick
Gareth Dickson Guitar
Johnny McDaid Background Vocals
John Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bram Inscore Bass
Joe Doyle Electric Bass
Johnny Quinn Drums
Bradley Burgess Vocals
Jon Cotton Organ, Clarinet, Piano, Strings
Sebastian Hankins Drums
Beck Hansen Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Suren De Saram Group Member
Jamie Maccoll Group Member
Sarah Wilson Cello
Jimmy Sims Bass
Tim Deal Keyboards
John Rice Fiddle
Ed Nash Group Member
Peter Anderson Bass
Suzi Chunk Background Vocals
Ultan Conlon Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Sabrina Dinan Vocals
David McKellar Vocals
Brendan Campbell Vocals
Zachariah James Verdoorn Guitar
Phillip Sheppard Cello, Electric Cello
Billy O'Neil Vocals
Ruth O'Reily Horn
Jon Thorpe Bass
Eoin McCann Electric Guitar
David Kinkle Guitar
Wes Cichiosz Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cormac Dunne Drums
Erin Fishler Background Vocals
Hank Guagaleone Drums
Foster Patterson Keyboards
Amelia Tucker Vocals
Technical Credits
John Martyn Producer
Phil Collins Producer
Phil Davis Engineer
Chris Blackwell Liner Notes
Patrick Dillett Engineer
David Gray Producer
Ivor Guest Programming, Producer
Neill MacColl Producer
Nick McCabe Producer, Engineer
Gus Mossler Engineer
Paul Muggleton Producer, Engineer
Michael Page Art Direction, Illustrations, Photo Illustration, Cover Art
Dan Pritzker Producer
Kevin Shirley Producer
Robert Smith Engineer
Jim Snowden Executive Producer
Jim Tullio Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Additional Production
Butch Vig Engineer
Lawrence Watson Cover Photo
Beth Orton Producer
Thom Monahan Producer, Engineer
Paul Godfrey Producer
Ross Godfrey Producer
Ted Barnes Producer
Drew Brown Engineer
Alex Smolinski Engineer
Paul Jones Engineer
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Cameron Craig Engineer
Andy Cabic Producer
Glen Hansard Producer
Vashti Producer, Engineer
Phill Brown Engineer
Leo Abrahams Producer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Paul Grady Engineer
Simon Changer Engineer
Lisa Hannigan Producer
Jared Kvitka Engineer
Chris Nickson Writer
Jason Boshoff Engineer
Martyn Composer
Matt Pedri Engineer
Johnny McDaid Arranger, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
John Smith Producer
Pete Mason Executive Producer
Ian Watts Engineer
Beck Hansen Producer
Gary Pollitt Producer, Engineer
Ultan Conlon Producer
The Emperors of Wyoming Producer
Frank Anderson Engineer
Raqul Terzi Engineer
Lou Hinkhouse Director, Producer, Illustrations
Mark Rizzo Animation
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