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Bless the Weather

John Martyn Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000007QQQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go Easy
2. Bless The Weather
3. Sugar Lump
4. Walk On The Water
5. Just Now
6. Head And Heart
7. Let The Good Things Come
8. Back Down The River
9. Glistening Glyndebourne
10. Singin' In The Rain

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Bless the Weather, the first release following two records with his wife Beverley, is a transitional effort for John Martyn. The Glasgow-born singer-songwriter's third solo album emphasizes a darker, smokier sound built around his increasingly jazzy vocals, plus sometimes aggressive, sometimes gentle acoustic guitar work, and Danny Thompson's double bass, which skirts in and out around Martyn's voice and guitar. It also contains the extended instrumental "Glistening Glyndebourne", which highlights his early experimentation with the Echoplex, a sound that would become a major part of his work in the coming years. Bless the Weather, with songs such as the title cut and "Head and Heart" stands as a fine representation of Martyn's early work. --Brett Hartenbach, All Music Guide

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack of life 10 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I picked this album up second-hand in about 1980 because I remenbered seeing him on Whistle Test in the 70s. Shortly after that I met my partner (subsequently my husband) Dave who also proved to be a JM fan and this album and Solid Air became the background music to our courtship and life together. Quite often played for sentimental and slightly stoned reasons.... When Dave died earlier this year I played selected tracks at his funeral because it seemed appropriate to end as we began. A gorgeous gentle ramble of an album best appreciated in the company of like-minded souls. It instils a feeling of well-being in the listener and is well worth adding to your collection.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best 5 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Stunning album whose power to evoke the time in which it was conceived grows stronger with each passing year. The songs are remarkably open and innocent, the playing sublime. It all floats by as though borne on a breeze ... Solid Air also has some nice things, but nothing to touch this one's glorious outpouring of light, hope and youth.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised .....after all this time 12 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
I saw John Martyn live on a number of occasions as a student in Hull 1971-4. I always thought he was cool and very complete as a solo artist. I never actually bought his records at the time. However, living now in an era of reissues I bought Solid Air and Bless the Weather.No disappointments from either, but somehow this album has the edge. Glistening Glyndebourne... I expected this to be self indulgent but .. what a track. There are many gems in here and the album is, if you are in the right mood, totally inspiring and positive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine "Must Have" Album 4 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best nouveau folk albums of all time. Still fresh and meaningful in today's cynical times, with a range of beautiful songs, simply crafted with total integrity. This really is a must have album for anyone interested in quality songwriting, singing and musical craftsmanship.
It still inspires, enlightens and fills my heart everytime i hear it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on par with solid air 29 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this cd is like a wonderful dream.with john at his coolest folk-jazzy voice.with acoustic guitar intro on the first track go easy,& that's the way this disc goes.with john's long time companion danny thompson on bass,his playing is a constinant throughout this cd.there is not a bad track on this cd.from the stoney bless the weather,the bluesy sugar lump,the precussion on the love song head & heart,the harmonies of then wife beverly on let the good things come,to the instrumental jamming on glistening glyndebourne,the comedown on singing in the rain.quite a trip.thanks john
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1971 "Bless The Weather" was, according to the extensive sleeve notes included with this version of the album, recorded very quickly and spontaneously. That's a surprise, as the music feels meticulously crafted, as if a great deal of time and love has been spent on it. I suppose that's what great musicians can do. Consummate performers such as Danny Thompson from Pentangle who played bass, Richard Thompson and Tony Reeves from Colosseum contribute noticeably. The most obvious impact is Danny Thompson whose double bass and jazz influences permeate the album and he was to go on and become a long time collaborator of Martyns.
Though a product of a burgeoning folk scene Martyn was always keen to infiltrate other musical styles and influences into his music and "Bless the Weather" sees him, as well the jazz nuances, percolate experimentation with electronics into his songs. However two truly stunning more traditional folk tracks open the album. Both "Go Easy "and the title track are impeccably arranged with some wonderful performances and Martyns simple yet effectively poignant voice. "Sugar Lump" is a looser jazz composition and comes as a bit of a shock after the incrementally lovely openers , it's verging on the honky tonk rhythms don't really work for me . It seems awkward and out of place but not to worry because the following song "Walk To The Water" underpinned by some languid bongo and piano is reflective and poised. More carefully sprinkled notes of piano and artful brushes of guitar dominate the beautiful and reflective "Just Now" which leads to the albums superb centrepiece "Head And Heart" a love song of stunning escalating power with some perfect hand percussion and twanging double bass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous martyn 26 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have just discovered , with some surprise , that this appears to be my favourite John Martyn album . Solid Air , Road To Ruin and Stormbringer are all brilliant but this seems to be the one I find myself taking down from the shelf and sliding into the Marantz . All numbers are great and the skip button becomes redundant . John was still at that stage of his career where you could understand what he was singing about and the daft idea of his voice becoming a saxophone had not yet crossed his mind . He handles every song with great tenderness and even tries his hand at rock and roll with Sugar Lump . The highlight , however , is Glistening Glyndebourne an instrumental which shows an interest in Eastern forms . At it's best , 60s music was not afraid to experiment and this track compares favourably with East-West by the Butterfield Blues Band . I don't think he ever hit this kind of form again .
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!
If you already own the original CD version of this album you might be wondering "should I buy this re-mastered version with extra tracks?". I would say yes, definitely, buy it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Steve B
5.0 out of 5 stars JM at his best with Danny Thompson & Victoria !!!
My favourite John Martyn album of all.

Sublime interplay with Danny Thompson & Victoria.

'Head & Heart'

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Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Great jm album late night listening at 2 am can't be bettered! John Martin's music is timeless it will never date
Published 1 month ago by peter b
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
John Martyn's music is uplifting and a pleasure to listen to. I just bought this to replace a cassette but it's great to be reacquainted with it.
Published 5 months ago by Lynn McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless the McGeachy
Iain David McGeachy, aka John Martyn, has left us a far bigger and more mixed legacy than his one time pal Nick Drake. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sebastian Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Formative John Martyn album
This is the beginning of the explosive John Martyn period whereby more experimental and innovative techniques were tried out, including the famous Echoplex on "Glistening... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Antony Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars at 3 pounds buy it now
If you are reading this and the price is still 2.99 UKP then dont hesitate, actually dont hesitate at any price, this is Martyn at the peak of his art, with songs like "head and... Read more
Published on 16 July 2011 by Mois Benarroch
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless him.
Amazing album from mr martin.. Bless the weather is as good as solid air, listening to them in succession (bless the weather first, then solid air straight after) is the ultimate... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by stenchbeast
4.0 out of 5 stars Bless the Weather
Very good album of earlier material from Mr.Martyn. Tracks 6 and 8 being my favourites of the cd. Defiately worth a listen.
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by T. Howson
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is a seminal album of 1971 that was born in the time when an explosion of new musical styles was evolving, and this is one of those styles. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by David Evans
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