Piece By Piece
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2CDs The original album on Disc 1 mastered well not too loud.
On Disc 2 it gets more interesting, an alternative takes of eight album tracks
7 tracks live from Hamburg recorded in 1986 including 'John wayne' and Piece by Piece' contemporary to 3 tracks on the Deluxe edition of 'Sapphire' (also available on Amazon) You can never have enough Live JM either so this really is a good album (Not the best John Martyn album) but a worthy deluxe edition.
Even better still it comes in a jewel case, with copious notes.
Kick back and enjoy piece by piece
Tribute to Ronald Reagan.
I am John Wayne
I believe I'm John Wayne
They call me John Wayne.
You felt the money flowing
You watched the beast arrive
You felt your money going away
And tried to skin the lamb alive
Come to measure you
Fit you up
I come to measure you
Fit you up.
Nice album, some lovely fretless bass work as well.
Rock on JM, wherever you are now ..
Piece by Piece, 14th studio album by John Martyn recorded at CaVa Sound Workshops, Glasgow, released Feb. 1986 by Island, ILPS 9807, with cover photography by Mike Owen.
John Martyn - guitars, vocals, guitar synthesisers plus an exceptional band including long time collaborator;-
Foster Patterson on keyboards & backing vocals.
Alan Thomson on fretless bass, another long time collaborator who has also worked with Denny Laine, Rick Wakeman, Julia Fordham, Carol Decker, and guitarist Andy Summers, and has song-writing credits with Robert Palmer, John Martyn and others.
Danny Cummings on percussion, a top sessioneer who has played with Dire Straits, Luz Casal, Johnny Hallyday, Tina Turner, George Michael, Les McKeown, Penguin Cafe' Orchestra, Elton John, The Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Daniel Bedingfield, Talk Talk, David Sylvian, Mark Knopfler, Depeche Mode & The Lighthouse Family.
Colin Tully on saxophone, Scottish saxophone player who was in Cado Bell in the 70's but is maybe more famous for composing the music to Gregory's Girl, played with John for several years.
John was 37/38 around the time he made this album and maybe a bit more relaxed and happy in his life which I feel is reflected in the music, although as always with John there is heartache in the lyrics. Crystal clear production (by John himself), beautifully played arrangements with that soft jazz/rock style (until John Wayne that is). If John was aiming for commercial success and monetary reward why not? He probably deserved it in my opinion.
"Nightline" 5:04 - a funky start with John imploring us to 'Watch out'
"Lonely Love" 3:22 - a bright breezy tune with lyrics reminding us (once again) that love can be bittersweet but never give up on it.
"Angeline" 4:45 - an achingly beautiful love song, the kind that John does best
"One Step Too Far" 3:18 - This song reminds me of Marvyn Gaye's album "Let's Get it on"it has that soft funk/soul sound with sensuous singing by John.
"Piece By Piece" (Foster Patterson) 3:56 - not John's song but it fits in with the whole theme of this album and even provided the album title.
"Serendipity" 4:08 - John was a big believer in Serendipity what better than writing a song celebrating 'her'
"At the tip of a wink, the drop of the hat, the turn of the card Serendipity told me, she'd be there, she simply didn't care at all
The spin of a coin, the skip of the wheel, the roll of the dice Serendipity told me that she wouldn't be there She simply doesn't care at all
The hair of the dog Slide me a hair of a dog
Madame Serendipity Sweet little madam Serendipity"
"Who Believes In Angels" 4:36 - The kind of dreamy love song that John can do with his eyes shut (and he probably did).
"Love Of Mine" 4:47 - A warning to a friend?
"John Wayne" 6:55 - I was listening to Mike Sweeney & Dewsbury on 'Real XS' radio a couple of years ago and they where discussing who/what was 'rock' for to qualify being played on their show, although Sweeney admired John he didn't see him as 'rock', he obviously hadn't heard this great slab of primeval sound and John's 'strangled duck' voice, love it or hate it, it became a live concert classic.
Overall a beautiful album, not a classic in the sense of the run he had in the 70's - Bless the Weather (1971), Solid Air (Feb. 1973), Inside Out (Oct. 1973), Sunday's Child (1975), One World (1977) & Grace and Danger (1980) (released in 1980 but a 70's album held back at least a year by Island), even so it can still hold it's head high in such exalted company.
If you can get hold of the (First commercially released?) CD single 'Classic John Martyn' (CDS), released at the same time containing the tracks Angeline, Tight Connection To My Heart (a Bob Dylan cover), May You Never, Solid Air & Glistening Glyndebourne, it completes the set.
Other albums from the 80's I mean to review in the next year are Glorious Fool (1981), Well Kept Secret (1982), The Electric John Martyn (1982), Philentropy (1983) (live), Sapphire (1984) & Foundations (1987)
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