Please try again later. Verified Purchase. The notion of a John Martyn cd exclusively dealing with other people's songs is a bit strange as he's such a great songwriter himself, but this really is a winner. He does justice to all songs and soundwise this cd sounds absolutely great. Great songs overall and two of them especially Strange Fruit and Sky is crying totally justify the five star rating for me. Utterly moving, and quite possibly one of the greatest recordings of this deservedly famous song ever.
In terms of song selection I find the latter half of the album more enticing, but it's obvious John Martyn had a good time recording all the songs. A solid, wonderful sounding album. Superb John Martyn album. Excellent recording, excellent tracks. Surprising bass response. This is an essential addition to the collection of any and all fans of John Martyn; and to the collection of anyone that simply appreciates good music.
Thanks John, looking down from heaven, you blessed us with your northern grace. Superb album, may be even Martyn's best. Cover versions that are sometimes better than the originals. One person found this helpful. I had an issue trying to listen to the samples, so bought it based on the one sample I had heard earlier.
Was not impressed once I heard the rest. After a string of uninspired albums in the eighties and nineties, John Martyn returned to form with this collection of cover songs. By this stage in his career Martyn's voice had aged like a fine wine: raspy, soulful, and wearing its scars like a badge of courage and survival.
I was impressed not only with Martyn's renewed sense of conviction in his guitar playing and singing on this album, but also with his gutsy choices of songs to cover. I can't say that I can picture any other Scottish man covering Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit" and having it come across as effective, but Martyn is the one exception to the rule. He brings his own melancholy spirit to the song, and the sparse arrangement and his world weary vocal are incredible.
Martyn is one of the vocalists that lived the blues long enough to sing them convincingly, and he pulls off songs on this disc that surprised even a die hard fan like myself. I have heard this song butchered by many blues singers over the years, Martyn was not one of them.
Martyn's arrangement slowed the tempo down to a funereal pace, and both the production and Martyn's weathered voice are haunting. Also notable is Martyn's guitar playing on his cover of Portishead's "Glory Box".
Overall, this was a late career comeback for Martyn. While it is a fairly subdued collection of songs, it is perfect for late night listening. Martyn released the excellent "On The Cobbles" a few years after this came out, which contained original material and was recorded while Martyn was in the process of dealing with health problems which eventually led to one of his lower legs being amputated. I was sad to hear about Martyn's passing in , but the more I learn about him the more I am surprised that he lived that long.
Such is the price of living the blues and not just singing them. Martyn was definitely not a pretender; one listen to his voice on this album should convince any listener of that. John Martyn was a wonderful songwriter in his own right but these songs could have been written by J M himself. The songs have been cleverly chosen and display the extraordinary richness of his unique sandpaper voice and one wonders why he didn't record more covers.
Simply stunning, a good place for first-timers to start and a must-have for exiting fans of the late great JM. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. I liked this album despite the singer being almost unintelligible which is the attraction.
The music is undefinable which is another reason to like the music. Report abuse. Superb tunes then good in places and average in others. It's John martyn. A little expensive for a 2nd hand cd but otherwise great quality product and service.
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