Heaven And Earth

16 May 2011
The Bottom Line

Well, this is the bottom line.

John's final record finally released.

All tracks written by John Martyn except Can't Turn Back The Years by Phil Collins.

The CD is packed in a normal jewel case. There are no sleevenotes except the following.

On 16 January 2012 a 180 grams vinyl release saw the light on the Music on Vinyl label. This is an official release for which they used the digital master tapes ("© Hole In The Rain Ltd in association with Shamrock Solutions Ltd"). Side B starts with Could've Told You Before I Met You.

Track details
nr title time comment
01 Heel Of The Hunt 5:39 'Don't make me laugh.'
02 Stand Amazed 6:50 Slow funk, poor lyric.
03 Heaven And Earth 7:04 Wonderful track. Classic Martyn.
04 Bad Company 4:35 'Me and my heart.' Fine rock song.
05 Could've Told You Before I Met You 5:08 A hit in any other context.
06 Gambler 5:18 Blues.
07 Can't Turn Back The Years 4:17 Highlight, with Phil Collins.
08 Colour 5:31
09 Willing To Work 8:04 Little too long but great song.

Production credits
Produced by Garry Pollitt and Jim Tullio
Additional production by Spencer Cozens and Stefon 'Bionik' Taylor
Mixed by Jim Tullio and Garry Pollitt
Engineered by Gary Pollitt
Additional engineering by Jim Tullio, Bone, Spencer Cozens, Stefon 'Bionik' Taylor and Andrea Wright
Executive producers Teresa Walsh & Jim Snowden
Mastered by Adam Ayan @ Gateway Portland Maine
Cover art and concept by Reggie Hastings
Art direction by Michael Page | Trike Creative
Photo credits: John with Giz - Dylan Vaughan, Thomastown, co Kilkenny
All other photos by Teresa Walsh

Recorded at
Woolengrange Thomastown Ireland
Doon the Cellar Birkenhead England
Parr Street Studios Liverpool England
Butcher Boy Chicago USA
Washoose Scotland

Mixed at Butcher Boy Chicago

Most of this record was recorded in every room of the house on Woolengrange. It was done while everyday life was going on… looking at birds, gizmo barking, peat and logs on the fire, tin cans, tea pots and candles, boiling kettles, simmering recipes, Robbie Burns prose, warm port and herbal aromas all huddled around with Buddah looking on.

John Martyn: vocals and guitars
Arran Ahmun: drums and percussion
Alan Thomson: bass
Spencer Cozens: piano, synths and steel drum
Martin Winning: sax and bass clarinet
Chris 'Hambone' Cameron: hammond organ, clavinet, synth, Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes piano
John Giblin: acoustic bass
Garth Hudson: accordion
Frankie Usher: electric guitar
Jimmy Weider: electric guitar
Garry Pollitt: electric guitar
Jim Tullio: atmospheric guitar and synth
Stefon 'Bionik' Taylor: electric guitar and organ
Gary Foote: bari sax
Nathan Bray: trumpet
Suzi Chunk: percussion
Phil Collins: backing vocals and synth
Cheryl Wilson: backing vocals
Rene 'Squeaky' Robinson: backing vocals
Stevie Robinson: backing vocals

Phil Collins appears courtesy of Atlantic

"All the tracks on this recording were kept as John wished... in their entirety"

Special thanks to: Teresa Walsh, Mhairi McGeachy, Phil Collins, Garth Hudson, Jimmy McKnight, Percy, Steve Parker, Jeff Allen, Jim Snowden, Josie Pollitt, John Hillarby, Gizmo and Tools and Gaz...

Production: Garry Pollitt, Jim Tullio
Engineers: Garry Pollitt, Jim Tullio, Bone, Spencer Cozens, Stefon 'Bionik' Taylor, Andrea Wright
Cover art and concept: Reggie Hastings
Art direction: Michael Page | Trike Creative
Photography: Dylan Vaughan, Teresa Walsh
CD: Hole In The Rain LSM 4010
Vinyl: Music on Vinyl MOVLP405 (16 Jan 2012)