Very Best of John Martyn

Very Best of John Martyn

by John Martyn
     
 

Despite the quality of the albums he produced in the 1970s, John Martyn has never received the sort of attention awarded to some of his folk contemporaries like Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, and Richard Thompson. At the time of this 1998 release by Artful (formerly Permanent),See more details below

Overview

Despite the quality of the albums he produced in the 1970s, John Martyn has never received the sort of attention awarded to some of his folk contemporaries like Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, and Richard Thompson. At the time of this 1998 release by Artful (formerly Permanent), the singer's catalog was largely in disarray, with many important titles out of print or available to U.S. fans only as expensive imports. Though Island Records had taken an important step in releasing the two-disc overview Sweet Mysteries (1995), Martyn's music was always best heard in its original album context. Rather than draw from the original sources, however, The Very Best of John Martyn delivers re-cuts the singer recorded in the early '90s, many of which had already been released on the authorized collection No Little Boy. Reworking his back catalog with a series of slick productions was never going to be a good idea. The results lose the earthy jazz, blues, and folk elements that once rooted his songcraft. Instead, Tim Tullio's production style (dominated by airy synths, feathery horns, and antiseptic drums) roots the music in late '80s adult pop
ock, a sound far less enduring. There are occasional glimpses of the magic quality of Martyn's vintage recordings when the singer is found temporarily drifting with the music, but these moments are few and far between. At best, the new versions recall Van Morrison's updates of his own work on Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast, a document of his Beautiful Visions/A Sense of Wonder band in concert. Though competent, even the finest moments on The Very Best of John Martyn fail to shed new light on material from Bless the Weather, Solid Air, and One World.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1998
Label:
Artful Records
UPC:
0650113101820
catalogNumber:
4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Martyn   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Phil Collins   Background Vocals
Peter Erskine   Drums
Wayne Stewart   Drums
Miles Bould   Percussion,Conga
Chris Cameron   Synthesizer
Gerry Conway   Drums
Alan Darby   Guitar
John Giblin   Bass
David Gilmour   Guitar
Jordan   Background Vocals
Paul Lani   Percussion
Joe Pusateri   Percussion
Andy Sheppard   Saxophone
Alan Thomson   Bass
Jim Tullio   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Mark Walker   Percussion
Cheryl Wilson   Background Vocals
Barry Wickens   Violin
Bob Rans   Piano,Keyboards
Spencer Cozens   Keyboards
Pat Leonard   Synthesizer,Piano
Fred Nelson   Piano

Technical Credits

Jim Tullio   Producer

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