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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ISLAND
  • ASIN: B0046G96TK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Sarahlaguiri on 10 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I picked this album up second-hand in about 1980 because I remenbered seeing him on Whistle Test in the 70s. Shortly after that I met my partner (subsequently my husband) Dave who also proved to be a JM fan and this album and Solid Air became the background music to our courtship and life together. Quite often played for sentimental and slightly stoned reasons.... When Dave died earlier this year I played selected tracks at his funeral because it seemed appropriate to end as we began. A gorgeous gentle ramble of an album best appreciated in the company of like-minded souls. It instils a feeling of well-being in the listener and is well worth adding to your collection.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Stunning album whose power to evoke the time in which it was conceived grows stronger with each passing year. The songs are remarkably open and innocent, the playing sublime. It all floats by as though borne on a breeze ... Solid Air also has some nice things, but nothing to touch this one's glorious outpouring of light, hope and youth.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Thorne on 4 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best nouveau folk albums of all time. Still fresh and meaningful in today's cynical times, with a range of beautiful songs, simply crafted with total integrity. This really is a must have album for anyone interested in quality songwriting, singing and musical craftsmanship.
It still inspires, enlightens and fills my heart everytime i hear it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MR Gil HOLMES on 12 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I saw John Martyn live on a number of occasions as a student in Hull 1971-4. I always thought he was cool and very complete as a solo artist. I never actually bought his records at the time. However, living now in an era of reissues I bought Solid Air and Bless the Weather.No disappointments from either, but somehow this album has the edge. Glistening Glyndebourne... I expected this to be self indulgent but .. what a track. There are many gems in here and the album is, if you are in the right mood, totally inspiring and positive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
Iain David McGeachy, aka John Martyn, has left us a far bigger and more mixed legacy than his one time pal Nick Drake. 1971s Bless The Weather was his third solo album (after a couple with his then wife Beverly and a spell living in LA), and is described by allmusic.com as "a transitional effort". Nick Drake only got as far as three, ending his run with the truly sublime Pink Moon. For me, whilst I know what allmusic.com are getting at, this is his first properly authoritative masterwork, where he's found his own voice, both literally and more generally.

Bless The Weather is almost like a microcosm of Martyn's larger career, inasmuch as it's diverse and perhaps even somewhat varied in quality. But the best music herein is so good it's right off the scale. Tens stars wouldn't do it justice. Go Easy, using one of his most sonorous open-C tunings, is is one of my all time Martyn faves, and indeed, an all time favourite, period. Beck, a more contemporary eclectic experimentalist, has, to his great credit, covered this, showing excellent taste methinks! As well as Go Easy there are also a number of other gems, like the title track itself, May You Never (Martyn's best royalty generator, thanks to Clapton's version of it on Slowhand), and an exquisitely charming alt. tuning version of Singin' In The Rain.

There's such a wealth of musical treasure here I almost forgot to mention the soothing, calming beauty of Just Now (or Back Down The River, come to think of it).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
this cd is like a wonderful dream.with john at his coolest folk-jazzy voice.with acoustic guitar intro on the first track go easy,& that's the way this disc goes.with john's long time companion danny thompson on bass,his playing is a constinant throughout this cd.there is not a bad track on this cd.from the stoney bless the weather,the bluesy sugar lump,the precussion on the love song head & heart,the harmonies of then wife beverly on let the good things come,to the instrumental jamming on glistening glyndebourne,the comedown on singing in the rain.quite a trip.thanks john
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mois Benarroch - Author of HORSES AND OTHER DOUBTs on 16 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are reading this and the price is still 2.99 UKP then dont hesitate, actually dont hesitate at any price, this is Martyn at the peak of his art, with songs like "head and heart" and "bless the weather", this is better than any best of, best ofs by Martyn seem to me a very bad place to start listening to him and one of them prevented me from years of enjoying his music, each record by Martyn is a special adventure and captures his art at a certain moment and a certain state of mind, and trying to pin different records into one cd mostly fail (although I thought that John Martyn So Far So Good - Blue Label UK vinyl LP ILPS9484 vinyl had one consistent side), but then it was taken from 3 records ca. this time), Ok fine I am wasting your time, just buy this cd if you have even the slightest interrest in Martyn or folk music.
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