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2.0 out of 5 stars Eighties slick, 21 July 2012
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This review is from: Glorious Fool (Audio CD)
Being a huge fan of John Martyn I love practically all his work - especially his seventies output from 'Bless the Weather' to 'Grace and Danger'. In recent years I've come to really appreciate his more recent work as well, like 'The church with one bell' , 'Cooltide' and 'Heaven and Earth'. One of the missing pieces though was 'Glorious Fool'.
I can't hide the fact that I was really disappointed. 'Couldn't love you more', for example, is a pale shadow of the glorious song it is on 'One World'. All tracks on 'Glorious Fool' suffer greatly from the slick production they've been subjected to, and to me it seems that this record sounds much more dated than anything John Martyn did before or after.
So, just two stars - I would probably bestow more stars on it had it been by anybody else, but this is by the great man himself. As you may have gathered, this is by far my least favourite John Martyn cd.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2013 01:29:16 BDT
ric_mac says:
There are 'slicker' JM albums than Glorious Fool (notably the very mediocre Well Kept Secret, for a start) and many of his 'eighties recordings tend to sound dated, mainly due to both the then-prevalent keyboard sounds and/or the near ubiquitous fretless bass. Grace and Danger could easily be my favourite JM album but there's no doubt that it is very slickly produced *and* it features said fretless bass. I completely agree about Couldn't Love You More: I don't know why the song was re-recorded and included on Glorious Fool (and Clapton's guest contribution to the song is so undistinguished that it's difficult to understand why he even bothered).

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2013 08:11:31 BDT
Good point about 'Grace and danger' - a fantastic record in all respects. 'Well kept secret' I'm not familiar with as yet, but perhaps I don't need to...

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 23:58:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2013 23:58:50 BDT
ric_mac says:
Well, please don't let me put you off -- you might find that you enjoy it more than I do and, of course, every JM album has its moments.
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