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This review is from: One World [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
I remember when I first herd this album I just knew that this was what it was going to sound like. I had heard Inside Out and seen him on Whistle Test so I guess all the signs were there but this was pretty far out stuff from a man who had emerged from that rather uptight folk circuit.
I recently came across a website by some dreadful San Francisco DJ that said that this was where everything went wrong for John Martyn. I guess if he had been a jazz critic when Miles Davis release Bitches Brew he would have been right there with the "real jazz" brigade condemning the betrayal of the true music, how pathetic.
This is a brilliant album an here we finally get the expanded sound that was always lurking in there waiting for the techology to catch up.
I still hear people saying "..vinyl is better sounding isn't it..." well no of course it isn't. A medium that more accurately reproduces sound is better, but it needs the quality of input to get a better output. The problem with so many albums as they were churned out of CD was that there was no regard for the process of getting the music onto CD. For some albums it has taken 30 years to get to the point where they are remastered with sufficient care to draw out the depth of sound that has lurked in there.
Not that the original CD of One World didn't sound great, it did but here you get that bit more, better separation, less claustrophobic a sound.
From Dealer, to Small Hours, of the original album, you get a range of beautifully sustained moods that just sweep you up but you also get the alternate takes and works in progress that were previously release as Another World but again here sounding even better than they did before.
John Martyn was a flawed genius but his music shines on. People looking for the more truely Folk alligned music still have Solid Air, Bless the Weather etc, but this is simply a perfect album. It defies genre but who cares.
When BBC Scotland filmed one of the Transatlantic Sessions they got John playing with Danny Thompson, the mood was very much a search for common roots in traditional Celtic music that spanned the Atlantic but John and Danny played a blinding version of Big Muff! The man was a joy, although his physical decline was very sad to witness in his last years. My father always said that you have to separate the artist from his art, they influenc eachother but they are not the same so i guess that is so with John, his soul remains beautiful through his music.