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The Apprentice [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

John Martyn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: VOICEPRINT
  • ASIN: B000V8HT0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Live On Love
2. The River
3. Look at the Girl
4. Income Town
5. Send Me One Line
6. Deny This Love
7. Hold Me
8. Upo
9. The Apprentice
10. The Moment
11. Patterns in the Rain
12. Deny This Love (Remix) (Bonus Track)
13. The Apprentice (Bonus Track)
14. The River
15. Send Me One Line (Bonus Track)
16. Look At The Girl (Bonus Track)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Born 11 September 1948 in Surrey, England, but raised in Glasgow, Scotland from an early age, the 18-year old IAIN DAVID McGEACHY finally made his way down to London in the summer of 1967. He busked during the day, slept in Trafalgar Square at night, got moved on by the fuzz in the morning and generally got by on a wing and a prayer. Prompted by his first agent, Sandy Glennon, and based on his love for their Acoustic guitars, he then dropped the `i' in MARTIN and replaced it with a far cooler `y' - wisely becoming JOHN MARTYN.

Then propositioned in a UK folk bar in Kingston, Surrey by producer THEO JOHNSON, he was brought to the attention of independent label genius CHRIS BLACKWELL. Chris took the equally wise decision to sign the curly haired troubadour to his wonderful record label, Island Records, (his first white artist signing) and in October 1967 released the mono only ILP 952 (produced by Theo Johnson). It was Martyn's quietly lovely debut album "London Conversation". Recorded for a frankly exorbitant 158 in Pye Studios in Marble Arch, and still only a pimply 19, JOHN MARTYN was quite rightly hailed by the press and the public as a major new talent.

Some 14 studio albums later - and especially after the relative failure of the well received but commercially underachieving "Piece By Piece" from 1986 - folks at Island Records were in a different mood. His new recordings left them unimpressed and him without a record label. After a few years in the wilderness, Martyn then signed to the relatively new Permanent Records in the UK and in March 1990 released "The Apprentice" on Permanent Records PERM 1. And that's where this remaster comes in.

"The Apprentice" is not a great John Martyn album, it's a good one - and fans will know what that means.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his lesser known but best... 9 Feb 2009
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What can anyone add to the legend that was John Martyn? A genius, a poet and a great interperator of songs. Love all the tracks on this great cd and the bonus tracks are a joy (this is the re-mastered version) and great to have but the stand out track is John's version of Foster Patterson's "Patterns in the rain" - just fantastic. I would strongly recommend this cd to anyone, John Martyn fan or first time listener to his rare, unique music.
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Id heard bits and pieces of John's music playing in a friend's van, who then gave me The Apprentice on a cassette. Well that was it I was sold, I went to see John live whenever possible & ended up with every album, some twice over now due to the joys of re-mastering & additional tracks!
Years later when I visited Australia, I had this old battered cassette with me as I was going to return it to its rightful owner. I remember after one road trip realising that I had been listening to this one cassette continually for 5 hours!
I still play this album regularly and never skip a single track. There's not a mediocre tune on it, it has plenty of musical diversity & the running order is perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Every Day Is A New Way To Cry..." 13 Mar 2010
By Mark Gerard Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Born 11 September 1948 in Surrey, England, but raised in Glasgow, Scotland from an early age, the 18-year old IAIN DAVID McGEACHY finally made his way down to London in the summer of 1967. He busked during the day, slept in Trafalgar Square at night, got moved on by the fuzz in the morning and generally got by on a wing and a prayer. Prompted by his first agent, Sandy Glennon, and based on his love for their Acoustic guitars, he then dropped the 'i' in Martin and replaced it with a far cooler 'y' and wisely became JOHN MARTYN.

Then propositioned in a UK folk bar in Kingston, Surrey by producer THEO JOHNSON, he was brought to the attention of independent label genius CHRIS BLACKWELL. Chris took the equally wise decision to sign the curly haired troubadour to his wonderful record label, Island Records (his first white artist signing) and in October 1967 released the mono only ILP 952 (produced by Theo Johnson). It was Martyn's quietly lovely debut album "London Conversation". Recorded for a frankly exorbitant 158 in Pye Studios in Marble Arch, and still only a pimply 19, JOHN MARTYN was quite rightly hailed by the press and the public as a major new talent.

Some 14 studio albums later - and especially after the relative failure of the well received but commercially underachieving "Piece By Piece" from 1986 - folks at Island Records were in a different mood. His new recordings left them unimpressed and him without a record label. After a few years in the wilderness, Martyn then signed to the relatively new Permanent Records in the UK and in March 1990 released "The Apprentice" on Permanent Records PERM 1. And that's where this remaster comes in.

"The Apprentice" is not a great John Martyn album, it's a good one - and fans will know what that means. Three or four cracking tracks, while the rest are either ok or no good at all. What was bad though about the original CD issue was the hugely underwhelming sound - very dull and compressed. The gatefold slip of paper that represented the original booklet too wasn't much better either - it barely gave musician credits and that was it. My original CD is now gold coloured through corrosion, but it still plays!

The tapes on this 2007 UK re-issue have been remastered by DALLAS SIMPSON - and a nice job done too - it's much better - not spectacularly so, but having A/B'd the two, it's definitely better. The booklet too is improved to 8 pages - it has photos of the one CD single that came off the album, "Deny This Love", lyrics to "Send Me One Line" which was inspired by the '84 Charing Cross Road' book and film and an album history by JOHN HILLARBY. But bizarrely enough, One World have forgotten to include the session men who actually played on it - the one scrap of info on the original inlay?

There are 5 bonus tracks and are a very mixed bag. 12 and 13 are the two exclusive songs on the "Deny This Love" CD single from August 1990 (CD PERM 1). 12, "Deny This Love" is a `remix' of the song, which drops the awful acapella beginning and is very much better for it, while 13 is an ok-only live version of "The Apprentice". The last 3 are previously unreleased live versions from the 1990 "Apprentice Tour UK" and are the most disappointing of all. Not performance wise, but soundwise - they're covered in hiss and sound like they were dubbed off some crinkly old cassette tape - a real shame because the performances on "Send Me One Line" and "Look At The Girl" are particularly good. A real bummer that - and its easy to see why these two and "The River", the 3rd live track, were left in the can up until now.

Highlights on the album include the beautiful ballad "Send Me One Line" and the equally soft and lovely album closer, "Patterns In The Rain". One of the great moments on the 11-track CD album is "The Moment" (a bonus track not on the vinyl LP) - and it was this I looked forward to hearing most. There's an acoustic guitar break in it that bursts out of the speakers - and this remaster has at last given that `moment' real muscle.

He followed "The Apprentice" with "Cooltide" in 1992, a much better album I think.

I adore John Martyn and his truly fantastic soulful voice and achingly touching song writing. He could fart in a bottle and I'd still want to hear it. Try "Send Me One Line", "Hold Me" or "Patterns" on iTunes and you'll hear what you've been missing.

PS: One World Records is the label imprint by VOICEPRINT of the UK - it is dedicated to John Martyn's work and features remastered reissues of his later albums along with newly discovered titles from the archives. Titles so far include:

1. "The Apprentice" from 1990, his 1st album in the UK on Permanent Records, it's original 11 CD tracks have had 5 Bonus Tracks Added (2007 UK release - REVIEWED ABOVE)
2. "Cooltide", from 1991, his 2nd album in the UK for Permanent Records - a gem of an album (2007 UK release - see SEPARATE REVIEW)
3. "Couldn't Love You More" from 1992, an album of 15 excellent re-recordings of his Island Label stuff, now remastered with two bonus tracks added (2007 UK release - see SEPARATE REVIEW)
4. "No Little Boy" from 1993, an album of 14 re-recordings covering his career from 1970 up to 1991, now remastered with 2 bonus tracks (2008 UK release - see SEPARATE REVIEW)
5. "One World Records Sampler CD", 14 Tracks, 1 of which is an exclusive live version of "Amsterdam" recorded in Oxford, October 1982 (available online only - 2008 UK release)
6. "Live", a new set with 20 tracks across 2CDs (2008 UK release)
7. "The Simmer Dim" is a new live album, recorded 1980, June 2008 release (see SEPARATE REVIEW)
8. "July Wake", another new live set (see SEPARATE REVIEW)
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