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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B000024JS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Quad on 2 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. Ok, its a stab at commercial radio friendly pop - why not? You cant blame the guy, after years of producing album after album of sublime, timeless, undefinable magic for minimal return, for having a go at making some pocket money.

Well Kept Secret is like Phil Collins with an edge. Check out the lyrics to Love Up - "your baby cant see you now shes busy, she recommends you go see sister Millie, step around the corner up against the wall, she'll see to your needs, no trouble at all..." Or Gun Money " gimme a pound Ill make you sound just like a Rolls Royce on a summers day, gimme a dollar or I might just blow your head away".

Make no mistake, there's lots of "boy loses girl" pop stuff on there too, but Martyn couldnt make bad music if he tried.

If you expect our John to be making the same album over and over again, you'll hate this. If youve got an open mind, there's plenty to enjoy on this slight diversion into radioland.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Munki652 on 20 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Critics panned this album when it came out in the 1980's. But I have always enjoyed it, so when it became available on CD I jumped at the chance of ownership. Its certainly a departure from albums like Solid Air, One World etc..
This is a far more aggressive album - certainly shown by tracks like Gun Money which has to be Martyn at his heaviest. However there are tender moments such as Hung Up. It is very 1980s poppy and it will not appeal to everyone. But it was the kind of change needed to allow transition to albums like Sapphire and and PIece by Piece. However if you think this is simply a natural followon from Glorious Fool or the truly excellent Grace and Danger than you will be sorely disappointed.
Stand out tracks for me are Could've Been Me, Gun Money, Livin' Alone. For me its worth it just for these tracks.
Sure its a mixed bag, not helped by the very 1980's instrumentation and almost Level 42 style bass work, but Martyns vocals are in fine form.
It is certainly only a collectors album. If this is your first or early forray into Martyn you would be far better servd going for albums like:
Solid Air - One World - Grace and Danger.
Or one of the many excellent compilations covering most of his extensive catalogue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thorgod on 13 Nov 2014
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To me this is his last real release of his own music and making. From here on life's effect had took its toll and there was only a few pieces of music with the magic this man could portray.
John Martyn was a man, to me that was one of the leaders in folks hippy era, my past, turning to jazz and a fusions of influence, moving ever forward my kind of thing,
Before other old fans berat me too much, I am not saying other releases after this were not worth releasing, but they were going through the motions with little passion, but also with occasional great songs stumbled apone alone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Casagranda on 26 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this album: the version of the late great Johnny Ace's Never Let Me Go is just amazing. Could've Been Me is also great; I am looking forward to acquiring the Aint No Saint box set, as John Martyn is a genius
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