Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn

Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn

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Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2011
Label: Liaison Music
UPC: 0650113401227
catalogNumber: 4012
Rank: 50504

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   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
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
Sebastian Rochford   Drums

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
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
Emperors of Wyoming   Producer
Frank Anderson   Engineer
Raqul Terzi   Engineer
Lou Hinkhouse   Director,Producer,Illustrations
Mark Rizzo   Animation

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