The Very Best of John Martyn

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
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: 6/9/1998
  • Label: Artful Records
  • UPC: 650113101820
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonely Love (4:00)
  2. 2 Couldn't Love You More (3:50)
  3. 3 Sweet Little Mystery (4:13)
  4. 4 Head and Heart (4:04)
  5. 5 Could've Been Me (4:21)
  6. 6 Over the Hill (3:06)
  7. 7 Fine Lines (4:20)
  8. 8 May You Never (3:36)
  9. 9 One World (8:33)
  10. 10 Ways to Cry (5:05)
  11. 11 Angeline (5:18)
  12. 12 Man in the Station (4:07)
  13. 13 Solid Air (6:42)
  14. 14 Never Let Me Go (3:24)
  15. 15 I Don't Wanna Know (4:29)
  16. 16 Bless the Weather (4:41)
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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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