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Sweet Little Mystery: The Essential

9 Sep 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Sep 2013
  • Release Date: 6 Sep 2013
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Spectrum Music
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  • Total Length: 1:13:28
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  • ASIN: B00EX4NZDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,884 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Bailey on 22 Sep 2013
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The self-destructive, Scottish singer-songwriter John Martyn died in 2009, having enjoyed an eclectic musical career that lasted over 40 years. The best and longest part of that period was spent recording for the seminal Island Records label, who he had signed for in 1967, as their first white artist. It was (generally) a symbiotic relationship. They allowed him complete creative freedom to do what he wanted. In return for nurturing him, they got a sequence of gently-experimental, bluesy and jazzy and folky-rock albums, which were critically acclaimed, and sold solidly for decades. This budget-priced 17 song CD surveys that era.

It begins that task fantastically, with arguably the four best songs from his voluminous back catalogue: 'May You Never', 'Couldn't Love You More', 'Sweet Little Mystery', and 'Bless The Weather'. That breath-taking quartet is bolstered by the cherry-picking of some of the strongest tracks from Martyn's slightly weaker albums such as, 'Spencer The Rover', from 1974's Sunday Child', and 'Fine Lines', from 1973's Inside Out. The inclusion of two tracks - 'Primrose Hill' and 'Traffic Light Lady' - from the patchily excellent albums that he recorded with his ex-wife Beverley is welcome also.

But Sweet Little Mystery isn't flawless. There is no place for first-rate songs 'Solid Air', 'Over The Hill', and 'I'd Rather Be The Devil', that should be in the running order. (After all, they regularly feature in other compilations of his work) Some of the efforts from the 1980s that are included - 'Angeline' and 'Johnny Too Bad'- aren't all that good, confirming the critical consensus that he lost his way a little bit at that time. And a couple of tracks are presented here in marginally inferior live versions as well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Conatus on 5 Nov 2013
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Absolutely stunning collection of music for £3- great selection of tracks from most of John's best albums, plus a few cracking live versions, including a John Peel session of Small Hours that is dark magic. Best value CD I've ever heard or seen and available in Tesco and probably petrol stations. Long way since John and Danny were on the road in the 70s ! Should be compulsory to own one of these.
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By Evgeniy on 4 Aug 2014
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Its a new name for me and Im glad to know him.Very good music,voice and perfomans.
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if you,ve never heard of him be suprised and take a chance you,ll be surpriesed
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 20 Jun 2014
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Many of my favourites missed off.

Although undeniably good value, I could have made a much better compilation myself.

Disappointing.
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