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on 25 January 2012
I remember saying in a review of another tribute album that i didn't see myself buying one honouring a real favourite artist of mine because as a fan I would always prefer the original and not be objective about the covers. Well, with this one, I have to set that opinion aside. I have been an enormous fan of this man for decades and have seen him many times. In recent times I have had to defend him from the comments of my wife, who calls him the "Hooly Hooly Man" because of his vocal style. This is an almost unqualified triumph. Many of the versions are fairly faithful to the original, but none is slavishly so, they all retain the stamp of the performer. Others are very different but these are always done with respect and ingenuity. For a double album containing many tracks by people that I'd not come across before I have to say that I'm completely won over, I think he would indeed have loved it. I actually borrowed it from my library, but after 1 listen and 1 viewing of the DVD (which increases the set's value no end) I went online and ordered it straight away. Even without the warm and sincere comments from everyone on the booklet and DVD, it was obvious that everyone was delighted and privileged to be asked to contribute from the sheer exuberance of the performances. The only track I can say is not a complete success is Couldn't Love You More, which suffers from the singer's weebly tone, which is sadly all too prevalent among female "stars" at the moment. If you love the man's work, you must at least investigate this. Bring an open mind.
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on 2 December 2016
Unfortunately as wonderful as this covers collection is & there are some real treats here this is the second copy I have had to order from amazon.uk & both copies have a production glitch on the last Paolo Nutini song on CD1 . Rather annoying as the CD then just hangs there.
I returned the first one but simply cannot be bothered to return the second copy received. This aside some of the covers here really let the magic of John Martyn shine through while you can still enjoy the artist's interpretation of the song. Just listen to Robert Smith's majestic cover of Small Hours.
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on 20 October 2012
As the title says, Johnny boy would love this. His music lives on, and each artist on this album has gifted him with their contribution, to ensure it's enjoyed by generations to come.

The variety of artists, and sometimes unusual track choices, make up what can only be described as a wonderful collection. Personal favourites include Small Hours by Robert Smith, Fine Lines by Syd Kitchen, Run Honey Run by Morcheeba and Road To Ruin by Jim Tullio.

Once you get past the fact that it's not JM singing his songs (his guitar work features on some tracks), they really do grow on you. And the CD is worth buying if only for the very touching sleeve notes given by each artist describing how Johns music has reached out to them.

May his music be enjoyed by many generations to come, and if this album makes his music accessible then wonderful I say!!
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on 22 January 2014
This is such a wonderful collection of John Martyn's work all sung as a tribute to him by other musicians. It has some excellent arrangements and it is clear they really thought a lot of him. Nice idea and wonderfully done. Thanks to all those musicians and the person who thought of the idea.
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on 25 May 2017
Terrific to hear other artists' take on his music...not one duff track....many gems.
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on 24 October 2014
Love John martyn and this album of covers by other artists only goes to show what a talented song writer he was. Johnny boy would love this and I did to.
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on 10 March 2013
Various artists take the songs of John Martyn and come up with something new..
John Martyn started out as a Folkie in Glasgow and headed to the Folk Scene in London..
He said to survive that scene you had to have a thoiusand songs in your napper..
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on 18 July 2012
This tribute to John Martyn is undersold on Amazon; there are two CDs and a DVD included in the price, and some lovely covers by The Swell Season, Robert Smith, Bombay Bicycle Club, Snow Patrol and many others! Absolutely good value for money ~ RIP John but the music lives on!
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on 22 March 2015
Item delivered on time and as described. Happy to recommend
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on 13 March 2013
This album really captures the magic and mood of Johnny Boy. The artists selected for the civers give a great variety and diversity of sounds, modern, refreshing yet true to the originals.
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