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Piece By Piece

30 Jun. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1986
  • Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
  • Label: Spectrum
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 41:19
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  • ASIN: B001KC2NNO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,850 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BOF © on 13 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
If you buy this album it has minimal sleeve notes so here is my version;

Piece by Piece, 14th studio album by John Martyn recorded at CaVa Sound Workshops, Glasgow, released Feb. 1986 by Island, ILPS 9807, with cover photography by Mike Owen.

John Martyn - guitars, vocals, guitar synthesisers plus an exceptional band including long time collaborator;-

Foster Patterson on keyboards & backing vocals.

Alan Thomson on fretless bass, another long time collaborator who has also worked with Denny Laine, Rick Wakeman, Julia Fordham, Carol Decker, and guitarist Andy Summers, and has song-writing credits with Robert Palmer, John Martyn and others.

Danny Cummings on percussion, a top sessioneer who has played with Dire Straits, Luz Casal, Johnny Hallyday, Tina Turner, George Michael, Les McKeown, Penguin Cafe' Orchestra, Elton John, The Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Daniel Bedingfield, Talk Talk, David Sylvian, Mark Knopfler, Depeche Mode & The Lighthouse Family.

Colin Tully on saxophone, Scottish saxophone player who was in Cado Bell in the 70's but is maybe more famous for composing the music to Gregory's Girl, played with John for several years.

John was 37/38 around the time he made this album and maybe a bit more relaxed and happy in his life which I feel is reflected in the music, although as always with John there is heartache in the lyrics. Crystal clear production (by John himself), beautifully played arrangements with that soft jazz/rock style (until John Wayne that is). If John was aiming for commercial success and monetary reward why not? He probably deserved it in my opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2015
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John Martyn's last LP for Island, gets the deluxe treatment.
What do you get for your money;
2CDs The original album on Disc 1 mastered well not too loud.
On Disc 2 it gets more interesting, an alternative takes of eight album tracks
7 tracks live from Hamburg recorded in 1986 including 'John wayne' and Piece by Piece' contemporary to 3 tracks on the Deluxe edition of 'Sapphire' (also available on Amazon) You can never have enough Live JM either so this really is a good album (Not the best John Martyn album) but a worthy deluxe edition.

Even better still it comes in a jewel case, with copious notes.
Kick back and enjoy piece by piece
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 1 Jun. 2009
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At the time this album came out I did not think to check it out. I had not really kept up with his move to concentrating on his vocal styling and the playing down of guitar virtuosity. It seemed clear that this was not just an artistic decision but one brought on by the excesses of the "rock star" lifestyle. Now looking back I find myself drawn to the albums of this period, Sapphire has some really nice moments in it and this album is actually rather good. True there is a worrying 1980's feel to the production but there are some cracking songs on here too. Check it out.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2000
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John Martyn's eighties period seems characterised by a desire to move away from the acoustic stylings of the seventies and on to new territories. "Piece by Piece" is a pop album. It contains good strong tunes to break your heart (as all of Martyn's albums do). The opening track may be the weakest, "Nightline" is pleasant enough but contains some of the poorest lyrics ever written by the great man ; "watch out, watch out, the law's about" indeed. The album does contain some painfully beautiful love songs. King among these must be "Angeline" with it's heart stopping plea for love and "it really don't matter if you leave in the morning". Elsewhere, "Love of mine" is a bitter warning about a treacherous lover,"Lonely Love", driven by a great saxophone line and jazz styled guitar is another cry to be loved, imploring the object of his affections to "take a chance on this lonely loving boy". "Piece by Piece" itself is a moving track concerned with the attempt, possibly in vain, to rebuild a long term affair fraying at the edges. This is one of the rare occassions where Martyn sings a cover version. "Piece by piece" was written by Foster Paterson. The mighty, enigmatic and downright difficult to listen to "John Wayne" finishes the album off. A stomach churning stramash of noise and Martyn's enraged psychotic wailing. This track polarises Martyn's fans even today. "Piece by Piece" is a good album, not a great album in the style of "solid air" but not a badly put together one like "well kept secret". It's appeal can be summed up by the name of another track and, apparently, one of John Martyn's favourite words ; "serendipity".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JR on 9 April 2009
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The track "John Wayne" makes this album worth the money all on it's own.
Tribute to Ronald Reagan.

I am John Wayne
I believe I'm John Wayne
They call me John Wayne.

You felt the money flowing
You watched the beast arrive
You felt your money going away
And tried to skin the lamb alive
Come to measure you
Fit you up
I come to measure you
Fit you up.

DELICIOUSLY MENACING!!!
Nice album, some lovely fretless bass work as well.

Rock on JM, wherever you are now ..
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