The performances on and production of Glorious Fool are superior, but John Martyn's songwriting this time around leaves something to be desired.
Phil Collins, the drummer for Genesis, produced this enchanting album by one of Scotland's premier folk singers.
This sampler of styles is so varied it probably won't please anybody, though there is a little something for everyone
A rocker's nostalgia a bit warmed over
Maybe I can't accept Martyn as a rocker.
Duke DU 19345
After 11 albums, renegade English folksinger John Martyn remains virtually unknown in the U.S. But all that may change with GLORIOUS FOOL, thanks to the patronage of Genesis drummer Phil Collins, who produced the album for Genesis' new Duke label.
Glaswegian Martyn is a longtime fave of the English music press, which seemed to feel that his brand of folk cum jazz would never reach a mass audience.
The cuts on Glorious Fool can be easily divided into two categories: the ones that could be played quite comfortably on a soft-rock station like WIOF and the ones that couldn't be played much of anywhere, except on a college station with special programs for people on downers.
Contains May You Never and 49 songs by other artists.
The songs are in standard notation with chord boxes and full lyrics.
The Bottom Line:
US marketing tool with two identical different mixes.
John Martyn's odyssey through the British folk and blues scene into an honest and inventive personal music climaxes with a fresh and self assured new album.