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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Permanent Records
  • ASIN: B000025C4G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Away in the USA at the time, and without his knowledge or permission, Permanent Records in the UK took the then very naughty decision to release this collection of 'in progress re-recordings' in October 1992 on Permanent Records PERM 9 (LP, MC and CD). Martyn was understandably furious and denounced it. But in a strange quirk of fate, the public, however, largely embraced them - and the album even opened up a whole new audience for him.

All tracks are 1991 remakes of songs that appeared on his Island Label albums from 1971's "Bless The Weather" up to 1986's "Piece By Piece". Here's the breakdown:

1. Lonely Love (originally on "Piece By Piece", 1986)
2. Couldn't Love You More (originally on "One World", 1977)
3. Sweet Little Mystery (originally on "Grace & Danger", 1980) [with PHIL COLLINS on Backing Vocals]
4. Head & Heart (originally on "Bless The Weather", 1971)
5. Could've Been Me (originally on "Well Kept Secret", 1982) [with PHIL COLLINS on Backing Vocals]
6. One Day Without You (originally on "Sunday's Child", 1975)
7. Over The Hill (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
8. Fine Lines (originally on "Inside Out", October 1973)
9. May You Never (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
10. One World (originally on "One World", 1977)
11. Ways To Cry (originally on "Inside Out", October 1973)
[with PHIL COLLINS on Backing Vocals and DAVE GILMOUR of PINK FLOYD on Guitar]
12. Angeline (originally on "Piece By Piece", 1986)
13. Man In The Station (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
14. Solid Air (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
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This collection forms the very best of John Martyn's music. If you like Late Junction on Radio 3 and love folk-inspired music with a modern twist, you will love John Martyn. Lilting, gutsy, introspective but always inspiring. His guitar work and voice meld as if they were made for each other. I have the entire collection of Martyn albums and this particular 'best of' album forms an exceptionally good selection of his premier tracks. A good marker for the exceptional talent he possesses is that Phil Collins is quite happy to act as backing singer on various numbers and most singer/songwriters of the 80s dynasty (like Eric Clapton) defer to him. This is very good value for a rare talent.
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First heard on holiday in Ireland in 1994, some time after stupidly giving away my vinyl John Martyn collection - the songs sounded strangely familiar, but different.

Turned out that following a change of label, he re-recorded the old favourites on this collection. Result - more mature, laid back but thoroughly haunting.

Definitely a late night album, and probably my all time favourite recording of all time.
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While it is said this recording was recorded as a prelude to the final disc, as an avid John Martyn fan, this disc is another example of how one recording can differ from another and sound just and at times better.
The song "Couldn't love you more" is available as a live and studio takes. We all have favorite songs of John's recordings, for me this disc is one of my favorites. The songs are honest and performed with heart, even if John disagreed, I think they are great. As a musician, I know the difference between rehearsals and final take, yet in rehearsals you can have something special come out and this disc is to me.
The honest portrayal of songs by a great artist are few in between, John is one of those few. A disc worth having for any John Martyn fan.
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