The Island Years

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There are few comprehensive, elaborately packaged box sets that actually warrant the price they command, but this 18-disc set by the late songwriter and guitarist John Martyn is one of them. The 17 audio discs contain every album he cut for the label, from his first solo recordings to his duet albums with first wife, Beverly, and all the steps in between until 1987's original version of The Apprentice, which sees first light here. (Chris Blackwell, Island's label boss, refused to release the album, claiming it wasn't the proper direction for him. Martyn took this as an invitation to piss off and declined to renew his contract. He self-financed a re-recording then released it...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There are few comprehensive, elaborately packaged box sets that actually warrant the price they command, but this 18-disc set by the late songwriter and guitarist John Martyn is one of them. The 17 audio discs contain every album he cut for the label, from his first solo recordings to his duet albums with first wife, Beverly, and all the steps in between until 1987's original version of The Apprentice, which sees first light here. (Chris Blackwell, Island's label boss, refused to release the album, claiming it wasn't the proper direction for him. Martyn took this as an invitation to piss off and declined to renew his contract. He self-financed a re-recording then released it himself in 1990.) There is also a DVD in the package. It includes four Old Grey Whistle Test appearances between 1973 and 1978, the complete Foundations concert -- as well as outtakes from it -- and an appearance on A Little Night Music in 1981. The 17 audio discs include beautifully remastered editions of each album, and dozens of unreleased, alternate, and outtake tracks. Some of the live material really rates highly in this box's treasure-trove department; in particular, there are two gigs: Live at the Hanging Lamp from 1972 on disc five, which took place between Bless the Weather and Solid Air, and disc ten's Live at Town Hall in Sydney, dating from 1977 between Sunday's Child and One World. For those who purchased the double-disc deluxe editions of his catalog records, the second discs are included here, so you may want to take that into consideration. That said, those who purchased 2008's Ain't No Saint -- prepared with full participation by Martyn just five months before his death -- will find little duplication here when it comes to scale. In addition to the music and video, the package itself is so utterly handsome it's almost an artistic fetish object. There are three 12"x12" gatefold sleeves inside a hard, thick, gorgeous cardboard slipcase. Two of these include the 17 audio discs, while the third contains the DVD and various ephemera: there are reproduced handbills, a tour souvenir booklet from 1978, press releases, and even a set list replica. It also contains a full-size, hardbound book entitled The John Martyn Album, which includes a family album of photographs from childhood on, a lengthy, in-depth, and authoritative historical liner essay by John Hillarby, more copious and rare photographs, and a scrapbook of press reviews of various concerts and records. Finally, there is a replica poster from the Live at Leeds gig. Ultimately, no matter how heated the exchanges between Martyn and his fans could be during concerts, the respect between audience and performer was total and it was loyal -- the same punters who would complain the loudest would be at the very next show. It is for these people, those who knew his true worth as an artist who The Island Years was created for and will appeal to most.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2013
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602537422883
  • Catalog Number: 3742288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fairy Tale Lullaby (2:51)
  2. 2 Sandy Grey (2:25)
  3. 3 London Conversation (2:42)
  4. 4 Ballad of an Elder Woman (2:42)
  5. 5 Cocain (2:57)
  6. 6 Run Honey Run (2:37)
  7. 7 Back To Stay (3:28)
  8. 8 Rolling Home (5:44)
  9. 9 Who's Grown Up Now (4:03)
  10. 10 Golden Girl (2:33)
  11. 11 This Time (3:07)
  12. 12 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (4:15)
  13. 13 Sing a Song of Summer (2:20)
  14. 14 The River (2:55)
  15. 15 Goin' Down To Memphis (3:09)
  16. 16 The Gardeners (3:12)
  17. 17 A Day At the Sea (2:31)
  18. 18 Fishin' Blues (2:36)
  19. 19 Dusty (3:03)
  20. 20 Hello Train (2:34)
  21. 21 Winding Boy (2:20)
  22. 22 Fly On Home (2:30)
  23. 23 Knuckledy Crunch and Slippledee-Slee Song (2:53)
  24. 24 Seven Black Roses (4:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Go Out and Get It - Beverley Martyn (3:09)
  2. 2 Can't Get the One I Want - Beverley Martyn (2:55)
  3. 3 Stormbringer! - Beverley Martyn (4:18)
  4. 4 Sweet Honesty - Beverley Martyn (8:03)
  5. 5 Woodstock - Beverley Martyn (1:44)
  6. 6 John the Baptist - Beverley Martyn (3:13)
  7. 7 The Ocean - Beverley Martyn (3:41)
  8. 8 Traffic-Light Lady - Beverley Martyn (3:19)
  9. 9 Tomorrow Time - Beverley Martyn (3:51)
  10. 10 Would You Believe Me - Beverley Martyn (5:20)
  11. 11 John The Baptist - Beverley Martyn (3:00)
  12. 12 Go Out And Get It - Beverley Martyn (3:12)
  13. 13 Traffic-Light Lady - Beverley Martyn (3:16)
  14. 14 It's One of Those Days - Beverley Martyn (5:43)
  15. 15 I Don't Know - Beverley Martyn (3:53)
  16. 16 John the Baptist - Beverley Martyn (2:56)
  17. 17 Traffic-Light Lady - Beverley Martyn (3:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Primrose Hill - Beverley Martyn (2:58)
  2. 2 Parcels - Beverley Martyn (3:28)
  3. 3 Auntie Aviator - Beverley Martyn (6:03)
  4. 4 New Day - Beverley Martyn (3:59)
  5. 5 Give Us a Ring - Beverley Martyn (3:52)
  6. 6 Sorry To Be So Long - Beverley Martyn (4:44)
  7. 7 Tree Green - Beverley Martyn (3:12)
  8. 8 Say What You Can - Beverley Martyn (3:06)
  9. 9 Road To Ruin - Beverley Martyn (6:24)
  10. 10 Say What You Can - Beverley Martyn (3:09)
  11. 11 Road To Ruin - Beverley Martyn (3:05)
  12. 12 Here I Am - Beverley Martyn (4:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Go Easy (4:16)
  2. 2 Bless the Weather (4:29)
  3. 3 Sugar Lump (3:42)
  4. 4 Walk On the Water (2:48)
  5. 5 Just Now (3:39)
  6. 6 Head and Heart (4:54)
  7. 7 Let the Good Things Come (3:05)
  8. 8 Back Down the River (2:40)
  9. 9 Glistening Glyndebourne (6:31)
  10. 10 Singin' In the Rain (1:31)
  11. 11 Glistening Glyndebourne (7:48)
  12. 12 Go Easygo Easy (4:35)
  13. 13 Head and Heart (5:00)
  14. 14 Sugar Lump (6:03)
  15. 15 Just Now (3:38)
  16. 16 Bless the Weather (4:52)
  17. 17 Go Easy (4:15)
  18. 18 Singin' In the Rain (3:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Easy Blues (5:51)
  2. 2 Bless the Weather (6:07)
  3. 3 May You Never (6:12)
  4. 4 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (1:05)
  5. 5 Back To Stay (5:03)
  6. 6 Head and Heart (5:39)
  7. 7 Singin' In the Rain (4:09)
  8. 8 Sugar Lump (2:13)
  9. 9 I'd Rather Be the Devil (7:46)
  10. 10 Outside In (11:19)
  11. 11 The Glory of Love (2:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Solid Air (5:45)
  2. 2 Over the Hill (2:53)
  3. 3 Don't Want To Know (3:02)
  4. 4 I'd Rather Be the Devil (Devil Got My Woman) (6:18)
  5. 5 Go Down Easy (3:35)
  6. 6 Dreams By the Sea (3:17)
  7. 7 May You Never (3:41)
  8. 8 The Man In the Station (2:53)
  9. 9 The Easy Blues/Gentle Blues (3:22)
  10. 10 Solid Air (4:32)
  11. 11 Over the Hill (3:19)
  12. 12 I'd Rather Be the Devil (Devil Got My Woman) [ (6:03)
  13. 13 I'd Rather Be the Devil (Devil Got My Woman) [ (5:45)
  14. 14 Go Down Easy (5:12)
  15. 15 Go Down Easy (3:43)
  16. 16 Dreams By the Sea (3:24)
  17. 17 May You Never (3:47)
  18. 18 The Man In the Station (2:58)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Fine Lines (3:50)
  2. 2 Eibhli Ghail Chiuin Ni Chearbhail (3:06)
  3. 3 Ain't No Saint (3:39)
  4. 4 Outside In (8:24)
  5. 5 The Glory of Love (1:58)
  6. 6 Look In (2:57)
  7. 7 Beverley (3:54)
  8. 8 Make No Mistake (5:57)
  9. 9 Ways To Cry (3:01)
  10. 10 So Much In Love With You (2:52)
  11. 11 Make No Mistake (6:46)
  12. 12 The Glory of Love (2:41)
  13. 13 Fine Lines (3:56)
  14. 14 Outside In (9:36)
  15. 15 Beverley (2:13)
  16. 16 Make No Mistake (3:12)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Outside In (18:58)
  2. 2 Solid Air (7:11)
  3. 3 Make No Mistake (5:04)
  4. 4 Bless the Weather (4:45)
  5. 5 The Man In the Station (4:21)
  6. 6 I'd Rather Be the Devil (8:48)
  7. 7 Solid Air (5:44)
  8. 8 Bless the Weather (4:12)
  9. 9 Love of Mine (4:09)
  10. 10 Fisherman's Dream (4:53)
  11. 11 John Wayne (8:04)
Disc 9
  1. 1 One Day Without You (2:59)
  2. 2 Lay It All Down (1:51)
  3. 3 Root Love (4:34)
  4. 4 My Baby Girl (2:30)
  5. 5 Sunday's Child (3:17)
  6. 6 Spencer the Rover (4:11)
  7. 7 Clutches (1:53)
  8. 8 The Message (2:30)
  9. 9 Satisfied Mind (3:31)
  10. 10 You Can Discover (3:43)
  11. 11 Call Me Crazy (7:28)
  12. 12 Eight More Miles (2:45)
  13. 13 Sunday's Child (6:33)
  14. 14 Root Love (5:18)
  15. 15 Ellie Rhee (3:55)
  16. 16 Spencer the Rover (3:54)
  17. 17 Annie, Pts. 1 & 2 - John Stevens' Away (7:35)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Outside In (16:18)
  2. 2 Spencer the Rover (5:30)
  3. 3 One Day Without You (3:57)
  4. 4 The Easy Blues (3:44)
  5. 5 My Baby Girl (5:57)
  6. 6 Make No Mistake (4:25)
  7. 7 Bless the Weather (5:03)
  8. 8 I'd Rather Be the Devil (Devil Got My Woman) (12:46)
  9. 9 May You Never (6:00)
  10. 10 Over the Hill (3:57)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Dealer (4:58)
  2. 2 One World (4:09)
  3. 3 Smiling Stranger (3:29)
  4. 4 Big Muff (6:31)
  5. 5 Couldn't Love You More (3:07)
  6. 6 Certain Surprise (3:54)
  7. 7 Dancing (3:43)
  8. 8 Small Hours (8:45)
  9. 9 Dealer (5:16)
  10. 10 One World (4:21)
  11. 11 Smiling Stranger (3:37)
  12. 12 Couldn't Love You More (3:14)
  13. 13 Small Hours (9:52)
  14. 14 Black Man At Your Shoulder (8:31)
Disc 12
  1. 1 One World (4:28)
  2. 2 Smiling Stranger (3:30)
  3. 3 Big Muff (7:13)
  4. 4 Couldn't Love You More (3:04)
  5. 5 Certain Surprise (4:02)
  6. 6 Dancing (3:56)
  7. 7 Small Hours (8:47)
  8. 8 Dancing (3:53)
  9. 9 Black Man At Your Shoulder (17:34)
  10. 10 Big Muff (6:13)
  11. 11 Anna (4:10)
Disc 13
  1. 1 Some People Are Crazy (4:21)
  2. 2 Grace and Danger (4:05)
  3. 3 Lookin' On (5:16)
  4. 4 Johnny Too Bad (3:59)
  5. 5 Sweet Little Mystery (5:27)
  6. 6 Hurt In Your Heart (4:59)
  7. 7 Baby, Please Come Home (3:56)
  8. 8 Save Some (For Me) (3:32)
  9. 9 Our Love (4:00)
  10. 10 Hi-Heal Sneakers (3:18)
  11. 11 Grace and Danger (7:39)
  12. 12 Small Hat (7:16)
  13. 13 Johnny Too Bad (7:20)
  14. 14 After Tomorrow Night (4:38)
  15. 15 Dead On Arrival (5:57)
Disc 14
  1. 1 Running Up the Harbour (4:40)
  2. 2 Some People Are Crazy (4:14)
  3. 3 [Untitled] (6:18)
  4. 4 Our Love (5:55)
  5. 5 Johnny Too Bad (6:14)
  6. 6 Grace and Danger (5:15)
  7. 7 Johnny Too Bad (3:45)
  8. 8 Sweet Little Mystery (5:00)
  9. 9 Some People Are Crazy (4:43)
  10. 10 Grace and Danger (5:02)
  11. 11 Save Some (For Me) (3:41)
  12. 12 Johnny Too Bad (7:11)
  13. 13 Hurt In Your Heart (6:51)
  14. 14 Sweet Little Mystery (6:53)
Disc 15
  1. 1 Sapphire (5:17)
  2. 2 Over the Rainbow (3:24)
  3. 3 You Know (3:12)
  4. 4 Watching Her Eyes (3:53)
  5. 5 Fisherman's Dream (4:18)
  6. 6 Acid Rain (4:11)
  7. 7 Mad Dog Days (4:58)
  8. 8 Climb the Walls (4:13)
  9. 9 Coming In On Time (3:33)
  10. 10 Rope-Soul'd (4:47)
  11. 11 Love In Your Life (3:28)
  12. 12 Sapphire (4:49)
  13. 13 Over the Rainbow (3:48)
  14. 14 Fisherman's Dream (4:35)
  15. 15 Acid Rain (4:08)
  16. 16 Mad Dog Days (5:23)
  17. 17 Rope-Soul'd (4:50)
Disc 16
  1. 1 Nightline (5:07)
  2. 2 Lonely Love (3:19)
  3. 3 Angeline (4:44)
  4. 4 One Step Too Far (3:21)
  5. 5 Piece By Piece (3:51)
  6. 6 Serendipity (4:11)
  7. 7 Who Believes In Angels (4:58)
  8. 8 Love of Mine (4:48)
  9. 9 John Wayne (6:53)
  10. 10 Tight Connection To My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love) (3:50)
  11. 11 Advertisement #1 (1:04)
  12. 12 John Wayne (5:53)
  13. 13 Lonely Love (3:24)
  14. 14 Angeline (5:04)
  15. 15 Advertisement #2 (0:56)
  16. 16 Piece By Piece (4:00)
  17. 17 Who Believes In Angels (4:58)
  18. 18 Love of Mine (4:27)
Disc 17
  1. 1 Live On Love (4:34)
  2. 2 The River (4:19)
  3. 3 Income Town (4:40)
  4. 4 Send Me One Line (5:14)
  5. 5 Deny This Love (4:09)
  6. 6 Hold Me (3:41)
  7. 7 Upo (3:44)
  8. 8 No. 9 (4:17)
  9. 9 The Apprentice (4:19)
  10. 10 Lifeline (3:54)
  11. 11 The Moment (4:57)
  12. 12 Patterns In the Rain (3:27)
  13. 13 Patterns In the Rain (3:19)
  14. 14 The Apprentice (4:56)
  15. 15 Send Me One Line (5:06)
  16. 16 The Moment (4:28)
Disc 18
  1. 1 Make No Mistake (3:07)
  2. 2 Outside In (4:31)
  3. 3 You Can Discover (4:53)
  4. 4 Outside In (14:30)
  5. 5 Spencer the Rover (3:55)
  6. 6 Dealer (5:05)
  7. 7 Sweet Little Mystery (5:00)
  8. 8 Lookin' On (5:00)
  9. 9 One World (3:53)
  10. 10 Johnny Too Bad (3:52)
  11. 11 May You Never (3:30)
  12. 12 Outside In (10:40)
  13. 13 Hurt In Your Head (6:47)
  14. 14 Mad Dog Days (5:26)
  15. 15 Angeline (4:30)
  16. 16 The Apprentice (4:33)
  17. 17 May You Never (4:12)
  18. 18 Solid Air (6:12)
  19. 19 Deny This Love (4:30)
  20. 20 Send Me One Line (4:49)
  21. 21 John Wayne (7:42)
  22. 22 Dealer (4:24)
  23. 23 Johnny Too Bad (6:33)
  24. 24 Over the Rainbow (5:00)
  25. 25 Sweet Little Mystery (6:20)
  26. 26 Fisherman's Dreams (5:11)
  27. 27 Lookin' On (7:30)
  28. 28 Outside In (7:13)
  29. 29 One World (8:52)
  30. 30 The Moment (4:29)
  31. 31 Bless the Weather (5:24)
  32. 32 Inside Out (13:11)
  33. 33 Spencer the Rover
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Martyn Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Skip James Composer
Billy Hill Composer
John Martyn Arranger, Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Robin Frederick Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Beverley Martyn Composer
Foster Paterson Composer
Alan Thomson Composer
Paul Wheeler Composer
Delroy Wilson Composer
Brian Cooke Cover Photo
Jon Sundell Composer
Phil Smee Artwork
Hylton Beckford Composer
Cally Photo Courtesy
Jared Hawkes Mastering
Traditional Composer
Paschal Byrne Mastering
John Hillarby Producer, Memorabilia, Poster Design, Sleeve Notes
Ben Wiseman Mastering
Winston Bailey Composer
Rupert Lloyd Photo Restoration, Retouching
Foster Patterson Composer
Derrick Leapold Crooks Composer
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