John Martyn Bless the Weather
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- Released: November 14, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Ume Imports
Q - 11/99, p.163Included in Q Magazine's Best Folk Albums of All Time - "...the sweetest of grooves, Danny Thompson's bass a masterful counterpoint, the songs [are] concise and enduring. The very epitome of folk cool."
Uncut - p.1165 stars out of 5 - "The title track was the most compelling crystallization yet of the languid folk-jazz style with which he would become synonymous, his guitar executing a relaxed, swaying dance with Danny Thompson's oozing double-bass."
Q (Magazine) - p.122"[I]ncluding trademark slurred vocals and, on the instrumental 'Glistening Glyndebourne,' using delay and distortion to take his percussive guitar playing into a new dimension."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1424 stars out of 5 -- "[A] gorgeous, elemental thing part informed by Martyn's relocation to the seaside town of Hastings, his joie de vivre palpable on a charming acoustic-guitar-and-vocal version of 'Singing In The Rain'."
Mojo (Publisher) - 4/04, p.143"Mesmerising in its simple, pastoral beauty..."
- 1.Go Easy
- 2.Bless the Weather
- 3.Sugar Lump
- 4.Walk to the Water
- 5.Just Now
- 6.Head and Heart
- 7.Let the Good Things Come
- 8.Back Down the River
- 9.Glistening Glyndebourne
- 10.Singin' in the Rain
- 11.Walk to the Water - (Take 3)
- 12.Bless the Weather - (Take 4)
- 13.Back Down the River - (Take 1)
- 14.Go Easy - (Take 1)
- 15.Glistening Glyndebourne - (Take 2)
- 16.Head and Heart - (previously unreleased, Band Version)
- 17.May You Never - (previously unreleased, Single Version)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: John Martyn (vocals, guitar); Danny Thompson, Tony Reeves, Roger Powell, Ian Whiteman, Richard Thompson, Smiley De Joness, Beverley Martyn.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: John Martyn (vocals, guitar); John Martyn (guitars).
Recording information: Sound Techniques, Chelsea, MA (05/17/1971).
Author: Paul Wheeler.
Idiosyncratic, difficult, lovable genius. Many other plaudits have been laid at the feet of this enigmatic giant. BLESS THE WEATHER was a gorgeous transitional record from folk to jazzier material, and features, among others, Richard Thompson and the mercurial Danny Thompson, arguably Martyn's greatest sparring partner. In addition to the hopelessly romantic title track and "Head And Heart," there is a wonderful interpretation of "Singin' In The Rain". The experimental "Glistening Glyndebourne" showed our John's developing interest in the "echoplex" sound in which he was to immerse himself over the next few years. Other words that spring to mind are wayward, boozer, cheeky, passionate and, once more, genius.
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