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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: One World
  • ASIN: B000R3ZGJA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Solid Air
  2. Wants To Cry
  3. Could\x{2019}ve Been Me
  4. I Don\x{2019}t Wanna Know
  5. Just Now
  6. One Day Without You
  7. Sweet Little Mystery
  8. Pascanel
  9. Sunday\x{2019}s Child
  10. Head and Heart
  11. Fine Lines
  12. Bless The Weather
  13. Man In The Station
  14. One World
  15. Rock Salt and Nails
  16. Hole In The Rain

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Format: Audio CD
The 1993 compilation "No Little Boy" has a convoluted history and this 2008 reissue of it requires some explanation too.

After the well-received but relative commercial failure of the "Piece By Piece" album in 1986, John Martyn found himself dropped by Island Records and without a contract. He then signed to a new UK label - Permanent Records - who issued two albums of new material - "The Apprentice" in 1990 and the wonderful "Cooltide" in 1991.

However, away in the USA at the time (and without his knowledge or permission), Permanent took a swathe of in-progress re-recordings of his old Island year's material and naughtily released it as the compilation "Couldn't Love You More" in October 1992 on PERM 9. Martyn was understandably furious and denounced it. But in a strange quirk of fate, the public largely embraced it (charted at 65) - and the album even opened up a whole new audience for him.

Back in the UK and determined to do it 'properly', he put out this 2nd compilation of re-recordings on PERM 14 in July 1993 and called it "No Little Boy" (a lyric from "Ways To Cry"). Seven of its 13 songs were NOT on the "Couldn't Love You More" compilation and some of the other 'duplicate' titles turned out to be radically different versions too (even though it didn't say this on the artwork)...

Which brings us to this March 2008 reissue; One World OW128CD is the UK 16-track compilation (some US originals had only 13 tracks), the music is newly remastered and the booklet expanded and annotated better. It breaks down as follows (78:35 minutes)

1. Solid Air (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
2. Ways To Cry (originally on "Inside Out", October 1973)
3. Could've Been Me (originally on "Well Kept Secret", 1982)
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There are several albums with many of these tracks available that makes paying some of the rip off prices, that some sellers are trying to extort from John Martyn fans, quite unnecessary. There is an import version on Amazon as I write for <£14 and, although Amazon does not have it on mp3 download, iTunes does and for just £7.99. I know some people may be fans of this period and these re-recording of his and for others it is just an completist urge to own all his recordings an so I suggest the cheaper mp3 download option until a fresh CD version is released making that option more affordable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...What A Time We Had..." 8 Jun. 2008
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The 1993 compilation "No Little Boy" has a convoluted history and this 2008 reissue of it requires some explanation too.

After the well-received but relative commercial failure of the "Piece By Piece" album in 1986, John Martyn found himself dropped by Island Records and without a contract. He then signed to a new UK label - Permanent Records - who issued two albums of new material - "The Apprentice" in 1990 and the wonderful "Cooltide" in 1992.

However, away in the USA at the time (and without his knowledge or permission), Permanent took a swathe of in-progress re-recordings of his old Island year's material and naughtily released it as the compilation "Couldn't Love You More" in October 1992 on PERM 9. Martyn was understandably furious and denounced it. But in a strange quirk of fate, the public largely embraced it (charted at 65) - and the album even opened up a whole new audience for him.

Back in the UK and determined to do it `properly', he put out this 2nd compilation of re-recordings on PERM 14 in July 1993 and called it "No Little Boy" (a lyric from "Ways To Cry"). Seven of its 13 songs were NOT on the "Couldn't Love You More" compilation and some of the other `duplicate' titles turned out to be radically different versions too (even though it didn't say this on the artwork)...

Which brings us to this March 2008 reissue; One World OW128CD is the original 13-track compilation upped by three bonus songs, the music is newly remastered and the booklet expanded and annotated better. It breaks down as follows (78:35 minutes)

1. Solid Air (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
2. Ways To Cry (originally on "Inside Out", October 1973)
3. Could've Been Me (originally on "Well Kept Secret", 1982)
4. Don't Want To Know (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)
5. Just Now (originally on "Bless The Weather", 1971)
6. One Day Without You (originally on "Sunday's Child", 1975)
7. Sweet Little Mystery (originally on "Grace & Danger", 1980)
8. Pascanel (originally on "Glorious Fool", 1981)
9. Sunday's Child (originally on "Sunday's Child", 1975)
10. Head & Heart (originally on "Bless The Weather", 1971)
11. Fine Lines (originally on "Inside Out", October 1973)
12. Bless The Weather (originally on "Bless The Weather", 1971)
13. Man In the Station (originally on "Solid Air", February 1973)

BONUS TRACKS
14. One World (originally on "One World", 1977)
15. Rock, Salt And Nails (see Notes below)
16. Hole In The Rain (a REMIX of a track originally on "Cooltide", 1991)

Notes: 2, 3 and 7 feature PHIL COLLINS on duet vocals, 2, 3 and 14 feature DAVID GILMOUR of PINK FLOYD on Guitar while LEVON HELM of THE BAND provides duet vocals on "Rock, Salt & Nails" (a cover version written by BRUCE `UTAH' PHILLIPS)

Although the booklet doesn't advise who remastered the tapes, the website seems to say it was done by DALLAS SIMPSON - it's far better than the 1993 version I've had all these years.

As you imagine, some of the re-recordings work and some don't. Some to my ears - are incredible - just as lovely as the originals, but more soulful (even if they are a bit over produced in places). Special mention should also go to PHIL COLLINS for his heartfelt vocal contributions - especially on "Ways To Cry" - it's a track where both their hurting personal lives seem to seep through their voices.

I derided the versions of "Head & Heart" and "Man In The Station" on the "Couldn't Love You More" compilation, but the versions here are much better. "Fine Lines" is truly beautiful - my personal favorite - a fabulous version, while "Pascanel" gets a superb update with the girly vocals of Shaun Christopher and Rene Stewart and the piano work of Fred Nelson. The bonuses are exceptional too - the new version of "One World" is wicked as is the remix of a song I never tire of - "Hole In The Rain". But `the' piece is "Rock, Salt & Nails", a cover version, which sees Martyn duet with Levon Helm of The Band to amazing effect - so, so good.

Both collections have been re-packaged to buggery by other labels since then - which hasn't helped - so fans have all but ignored them or forgotten them entirely. Personally - John Martyn could fart in a bottle - and I'd still want to hear it. Which is one of the reasons for this review - this lovely and muscular 2008 REMASTER of that 2nd set has finally brought out just how good many of these re-recordings were and still are. And I would urge fans and newcomers to give these re-makes another chance.

Recommended.

PS: see also reviews for the 2007 One World remasters of "The Apprentice" (1990) and "Cooltide" (1991), "Couldn't Love You More" (compilation from 1992), "Solid Air" DELUXE EDITION from 2009 and the two live sets "The Simmer Dim" (2008) and the "July Wakes"
5.0 out of 5 stars John Martyn-The Other Side 14 April 2010
By js mckay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Prehaps not one of John Martyn's more popular albums,but certainly one of his best.Combing wonderfully with Phil Collins to produce some exceptional vocals while always maintaining a musical tightness sometimes lacking from some of his other ventures.A very 'sober',satisfying album that will never be far from my player
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