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Well Kept Secret

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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Encore
  • ASIN: B001BS0JG0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I love this album. Ok, its a stab at commercial radio friendly pop - why not? You cant blame the guy, after years of producing album after album of sublime, timeless, undefinable magic for minimal return, for having a go at making some pocket money.

Well Kept Secret is like Phil Collins with an edge. Check out the lyrics to Love Up - "your baby cant see you now shes busy, she recommends you go see sister Millie, step around the corner up against the wall, she'll see to your needs, no trouble at all..." Or Gun Money " gimme a pound Ill make you sound just like a Rolls Royce on a summers day, gimme a dollar or I might just blow your head away".

Make no mistake, there's lots of "boy loses girl" pop stuff on there too, but Martyn couldnt make bad music if he tried.

If you expect our John to be making the same album over and over again, you'll hate this. If youve got an open mind, there's plenty to enjoy on this slight diversion into radioland.
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Critics panned this album when it came out in the 1980's. But I have always enjoyed it, so when it became available on CD I jumped at the chance of ownership. Its certainly a departure from albums like Solid Air, One World etc..
This is a far more aggressive album - certainly shown by tracks like Gun Money which has to be Martyn at his heaviest. However there are tender moments such as Hung Up. It is very 1980s poppy and it will not appeal to everyone. But it was the kind of change needed to allow transition to albums like Sapphire and and PIece by Piece. However if you think this is simply a natural followon from Glorious Fool or the truly excellent Grace and Danger than you will be sorely disappointed.
Stand out tracks for me are Could've Been Me, Gun Money, Livin' Alone. For me its worth it just for these tracks.
Sure its a mixed bag, not helped by the very 1980's instrumentation and almost Level 42 style bass work, but Martyns vocals are in fine form.
It is certainly only a collectors album. If this is your first or early forray into Martyn you would be far better servd going for albums like:
Solid Air - One World - Grace and Danger.
Or one of the many excellent compilations covering most of his extensive catalogue.
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To me this is his last real release of his own music and making. From here on life's effect had took its toll and there was only a few pieces of music with the magic this man could portray.
John Martyn was a man, to me that was one of the leaders in folks hippy era, my past, turning to jazz and a fusions of influence, moving ever forward my kind of thing,
Before other old fans berat me too much, I am not saying other releases after this were not worth releasing, but they were going through the motions with little passion, but also with occasional great songs stumbled apone alone.
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I love everything John Martyn, so I can only say good things about this album. It's certainly not his best work but even John Martyn's lesser works are pretty much better than anything else you might listen to....
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This album came at a time in Martyn's life when his management were trying to push him as a pop star-never a wise move.It's a slick,radio-friendly work from 1982 and the second(and last album)he made for WEA.There's no Acoustic guitar playing from Martyn,and of course no Danny Thompson to enliven proceedings,and it's world's away from the classic's like "One World","Solid Air" and "Inside Out" in terms of quality and vibe.

On the plus side John still coughs up a few decent songs(mainly the opening numbers),but the chief reason for die-hard fans to buy this CD is surely"Never let me go",a jazzed-coated version of a fine Aretha Franklin song from the early 70's featuring Ronnie Scott on tenor sax.All in all it was an attempt to make Martyn sound like a white soul artist for the masses.And by all acounts John Martyn was so rip-to-the-tits on painkillers and alcohol that in future years he could'nt remember making the album.A lukewarm affair then from this musical genius,but there are gems among the dross.
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Sorry . John is the man ! But this electro-pop/Rock just doesn't cut it . "Hiss....." Is probably as bad as it
Got! Never mind, the brilliant SAPPHIRE would get released in a couple of years !!! Onwards.........!
3 Stars, just because it's John !
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