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Grace & Danger

2 Nov 1989 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1980 Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 39:12
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  • ASIN: B001KW78NE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,232 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By "johnnylips" on 4 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ever broken up with a wife? Or a long-term girlfriend? How did it make you feel? Pretty low? Start losing touch with reality? Or full of the joys of spring? I guess it affects us all in different ways. It sent John Martyn into a fit of raging creativity which resulted in this fantastic album, complete with the staggeringly wondrous drumming of an equally distraught Phil Collins. Which is a bit odd.
Martyn's music is pretty moody - "Solid Air" is THE 3 a.m. album. But I've never tried listening to this at 3 a.m. It'd scare the hell out me - I'd be terrified of ex-girlfriends crawling out from under the bed to get me. Martyn faces up to his own demons here only after he's travelled through self-loathing (for the first four tracks) and denial (for the next three - and what tracks!) with his admission "You didn't get it all because I saved some for me...I cheated on the side."
But none of that is very important. What makes this stand out from other "break-up" albums is the the incredible efforts Martyn makes to get just the right sounds for each track. Take, for instance, the incredibly piercing guitars on "Baby Please Come Home", whose notes are like terrible fingers trying to break into the soul; or the crashing cymbals and choppy rhythms of "Looking On", which sound like a mind unable to settle, unable to find any answers to any of the questions asked by the lyrics. If you listened to that at 3 a.m., you wouldn't sleep for a week afterwards. And what about those drums! To hear that sort of sensitivity, you'd never believe this was the same Phil Collins that ruined Genesis. Crazy what a divorce can do for a man!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greville Rob on 2 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
When the artist remarks "Grace and Danger was very cathartic, and really hurt, I was really in love with that woman" you just know that this is not going to be a rib-tickling listen. Famously kept on the shelves for a whole year such was Island Records' concern for its content, 'Grace And Danger' is one John Martyn's most striking releases. Charting the demise of his marriage to Beverly Kutner, painfully self-knowing and -lacerating and startling after the jazzy world/folk of its predecessors, this nonetheless features strong material notably the title track, 'Johnny Too Bad' and the sublime 'Sweet Little Mystery' offsetting some of the more industrial angst beaming through the period production gloss in taut ensemble playing from Martyn on guitars, John Biblin on bass, and Phil Collins (also undergoing a divorce) on drums. A well-executed 2-disc reissue of the original 1980 album with 18 previously unreleased out-takes and contemporary live performances to enjoy, this release is a far cry indeed from the relative ambience of 'One World' and 'The Duster', but John Martyn always challenges and here, his pain is our pleasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Black Box on 12 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Martyn is perhaps one of the most erratic recording artists, a reflection presumably of the ups and downs in his own life. As is well documented, 'Grace & Danger' corresponds with one of these troughs, and has resulted in an album which is staggeringly perfect in its artistic and musical execution. The mid-section 'denial' trio of songs beginning with 'Sweet Little Mystery' are ones I return to with depressing regularity. They are sublimely beautiful, and worth the price of the CD alone. Phil Collins and John Giblin are the most wonderfully intuitively rhythm section,so much so that I almost forgive Collins for both being in Genesis and writing Face Value, but nothing is quite that good. This record is far from depressing, being both haunting and quite, quite indispensible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Millington on 1 Mar 2007
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Great to have a well remastered version of this classic album. For personal reasons this will always be my favourite John Martyn record. For John it signalled the conclusion of a stormy marriage, for me G&D was a key component in developing a relationship that led to a much happier experience.
Every track on the original album is good, but when Sweet little mystery kicks in, the music reaches a higher plane and never comes back down. The singing and the cleverly restrained playing (Collins on drums, Giblin on Bass & Eyre on keys) is top draw. The content is genuine, honest (frighteningly so) and very moving.
The first thing that strikes you with this release is the quality of the packaging - why cant they all be like this? - really beautiful.
The live tracks are very good and bring back memories. The outtakes, demos & unreleased material are OK and of interest, but for me they dont quite measure up by comparison to the supreme quality of the original versions. The One World deluxe package was better rounded and more consistent. So for me Original album 6 stars, but the rest a little lower.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this album in various forms over the years and can categorically state that this is the best version of it that I have had yet. The remastering has been done with a strong emphasis on sound quality, not just a quick eq and a hike in the loudness. Phil Collins drumming comes across so clearly on this new cd that every brush stroke and cymbal crash can easily be heard, and it is wonderful stuff indeed.

This separation of instruments let more of the music get out, there are keyboard fills, guitar licks and a host of subtleties that I never heard before.

John Martyn certainly laid it on the line when he was writing this lot. Every emotion is played out across the main album. I was never aware of just how low he was at the time. Needless to say the remastering has made his vocals that bit clearer and easier to decipher.

The extra tracks are not really why this album ought to be bought. They do not match the quality of the original album for various reasons. Interesting, but not essential.

A must buy for fans of John Martyn, or those who need converting to his works.
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