Official John Martyn Albums..

John Martyn is both a gifted songwriter and a great performer. He has written and recorded more than 200 songs; the number of covers being remarkably low.

When John does cover a song, his version tends to eat up the original; when other artists cover a John song, it hardly ever works satisfactory. Therefore, it is advisory to issue a

VIRUS WARNING against John Martyn records:
DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM because they will

Sapphire [remastered & expanded]

26 Jan 2015
The Bottom Line

Interesting and well documented release in the so-called RePresents series

Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Engineers Andy Lyden & Steven Stanley, Assisted by Benji Armbrister, Kendal Stubbs & Frankie Gibson and Ca Va Sound Workshops, Glasgow
Engineer Brian Young

'This reissue is respectfully dedicated to Beverley, Mhairi, Spenser and Teresa'

2CD: Island 471 040-3

The Best Of The Island Years

3 Nov 2014

stub page for editing

"56 tracks on 4 CDs chosen from the out-takes, unreleased songs and rare live recordings that were first included on The Island Years 18 disc box set, and capture John Martyn at the height of his creativity on Island Records. An exceptional collection of rarities!"

4CD: Island 379 384-2

Well Kept Secret (remastered & expanded)

14 Jul 2014
The Bottom Line

Esoteric indeed

Cherry Red Records released this item through their Esoteric Recordings label.
It contains the original album remastered and expanded with two bonus songs.
The artwork was 'enhanced' which means several promo pictures from the period have been included.
John Hillarby's sleevenotes are nice. The booklet also contains the lyrics.

CD: Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2445


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