Παρασκευή, 19 Οκτωβρίου 2007

John Martyn - Bless The Weather (1971)



John Martyn was a Scottish folk singer-songwriter and guitarist,
known for his distinctive fusion of folk, blues and jazz.
He signed to Chris Blackwell's Island Records in 1967 and released his first album, London Conversation, the following year.This first album was soon followed by The Tumbler, which was moving towards jazz.

John Martyn was originally hired to be his British wife Beverley's back-up guitarist for recording sessions in America, the pair were signed up by Warner Brothers who sent them to Woodstock in 1969
to rehearse with producer Paul Harris.
The actual recording at R&R Studios, New York, took only six days with two days mixing.



After two albums with his wife Beverly, John Martyn returned to work as a solo artist. Apparently this was the idea of Island Records, who thought he be more successful by himself.
But he had obviously progressed alot through his albums with Beverly (Stormbringer and The Road To Ruin, both from 1970), as when Bless The Weather came out it proved to be a radical step forward from his first two solo albums. Whilst the duo albums were quite diverse and wide-ranging in styles, they at points distinctly set the foundations for Martyn's new solo direction.


Bless The Weather
saw his fusion of folk, blues and jazz come together perfectly.
The material ranges from tender solo ballads to dark,
captivating jams, all characterized by his articulate finger-picking acoustic guitar and distinctive vocals.

For the most part, the instrumental backing is subtle and more restrained than some of the more rock-based numbers on the duo albums, with hand percussion and echoes of ghostly piano here and there.

Much of the album is notable for some fantastic stand-up bass accompaniment (presumably most of which is played by Danny Thompson), which complements his guitar pefectly (the guitar/bass interaction is particularly fantastic on the title track and "Head And Heart").

The album also saw Martyn experiment with echo effects on his guitar for the first time,
most notably on the breath-taking,
almost hallucinatory experience that is the instrumental
"Glistening Glyndebourne".

With Bless The Weather John Martyn finally found his 'sound',
making it a very important album in his career. It is generally seen as among his best.

The Road To Ruin (1970)  &  Solid Air (1973)


Personnel:
John Martyn - vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
Richard Thompson - guitar
Smiley DeJonnes - percussion
Beverley Martyn - guitar, vocals
Danny Thompson - double bass
Tony Reeves - double bass, bass guitar
Ian Whiteman - keyboards
Roger Powell - drums

John_Martyn_-_1971_Bless_the_Weather.rar
 Bless the Weather (1971) 2005 remastered version
Martyn's songwriting has been cited as an influence
by artists diverse as Portishead, The Cocteau Twins, Eric Clapton and Phil Collins
(who also acted as Martyn's producer),
while his innovative guitar playing - often using Echoplex delay units,
flangers and reverb - has been lauded
by The Verve's Nick McCabe among many others.


May we never forget the genius of John Martyn 

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  • •John Martyn Discography at Discogs
    •John Martyn  AllMusic
    •John Martyn From Wikipedia  •Beth Orton’s John Martyn Tribute  
    John Martyn | Music | The Guardian   
    •The Official John Martyn Website
    > Biography

    A Real Soulful Man ...!!!


    In Loving Memory Of John Martyn A real soulful man ...

    The Official John Martyn Website > Magazines and Newspapers
    R.I.P John Martyn  (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009)
      Over a forty-year career he released twenty studio albums,
    working with artists such as Eric Clapton and David Gilmour.

    He has been described by The Times as

    "an electrifying guitarist and singer
    whose music blurred the boundaries
    between folk, jazz, rock and blues''



    never ..never.. be forgotten ..!



  • 1 σχόλια:

    Ανώνυμος είπε...
    o john Martyn einai , oti kalytero akousa teleytaia! eyxaristw polu gia thn thaymasia doulia sas !
    (natalia - thessaloniki)
    25 Οκτωβρίου 2007 7:29 μ.μ.

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