Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn

Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn

     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2012
Label:
Liaison Music
UPC:
0650113401326
catalogNumber:
4013
Rank:
59278

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Let the Good Things Come  - David Gray
  2. Glorious Fool  - Sam Butler
  3. Small Hours  - Robert Smith
  4. Stormbringer  -  Beck
  5. Over the Hill  - Ted Barnes
  6. I Don't Want To Know  -  Swell Season
  7. Bless the Weather  -  Emperors of Wyoming
  8. Couldn't Love You More  - Lisa Hannigan
  9. Go Easy  -  Vetiver
  10. Solid Air  -  Skye
  11. You Can Discover  - Cheryl Wilson
  12. The Easy Blues  - Joe Bonamassa
  13. Dancing  -  Sonia Dada
  14. Certain Surprise  - Sabrina Dinan
  15. One World  - Paolo Nutini

Disc 2

  1. May You Never  -  Snow Patrol
  2. Go Down Easy  - Beth Orton
  3. Fairy Tale Lullaby  -  Bombay Bicycle Club
  4. Fine Lines  - Syd Kitchen
  5. Head & Heart  -  Vashti
  6. Run Honey Run  -  Bradley Burgess
  7. Angeline  - Nicholas Barron
  8. Walk To the Water  - John Smith
  9. Hurt In Your Heart  - Judie Tzuke
  10. Road To Ruin  - Jim Tullio
  11. John Wayne  -  Oh My God
  12. Rope Soul'd  -  Black Ships
  13. Back To Stay  - Ultan Conlon
  14. Anna  - Brendan Campbell
  15. Tearing and Breaking  - Phil Collins

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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
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
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
John Rice   Fiddle
Joey Waronker   Drums
Beth Orton   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Paul Godfrey   Drums
Skye Edwards   Vocals
Matt Walker   Drums
Howard Gott   Violin,Viola
Prabjote Osahn   Violin
Ted Barnes   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Ukulele
Michael Scott   Vocals
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
John Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
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
Simon Jones   Group Member
Chris Nickson   Vocals
Pete Anderson   Bass
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
Bram Inscore   Bass
Joe Doyle   Electric Bass
Henry Clark   Trumpet
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
Ed Nash   Group Member
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
Daniel Pritzker   Guitar
May Pescante   Background Vocals
Franklin Lee Anderson   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

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
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
John Smith   Producer
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
Pete Mason   Executive Producer
Ian Watts   Engineer
Beck Hansen   Producer
Gary Pollitt   Producer,Engineer
Ultan Conlon   Producer
Emperors of Wyoming   Producer
Frank Anderson   Engineer
Raqul Terzi   Engineer
Lou Hinkhouse   Director,Producer,Illustrations
Mark Rizzo   Animation
Paul Muggelton   Producer,Engineer

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