The Road To Ruin (remastered & expanded)

John & Beverley Martyn
3 Oct 2005
The Bottom Line:

Well produced CD with interesting bonus material.

The 12 page booklet carries sleevenotes by Mark Powell and some original photo material from the period.

The CD itself is printed in pink Island label design.

The bonus track is of minor interest; an electric rock song sung by Beverley with full band accompaniment. It fits in OK with the rest of the album, though.

Compiled and tape research by Mark Powell
Mastered by Paschal Byrne at The Audio Archiving Company, London
Project co-ordination for Universal by Joe Black

Full credits
John Martyn - vocals, all guitars and harp;
Beverley Martyn - vocals;
Paul Harris - piano;
Wells Kelly - drums on all tracks except Auntie Aviator, bass on Auntie Aviator;
Mike Kowalski - drums on Auntie Aviator;
Rocky Dzidzornu - congas;
Dave Pegg - bass on Say What You Can and Give Us A Ring;
Alan Spenner - bass on Primrose Hill, Road To Ruin and Sorry To Be So Long;
Danny Thompson - double bass on New Day;
Dudu Pukwana - saxophone on Road To Ruin, Sorry To Be So Long and Say What You Can;
Lyn Dobson - flute on New Day and saxophone on Say What You Can;
Ray Warleigh - saxophone on Primrose Hill.

Arrangement for Say What You Can by Tony Cox.
All other arrangements by John Martyn and Paul Harris.
Original LP sleeve design and photographs by Nigel Waymouth.
Live photography by Geoff Alan.
CD package artwork & design by Phil Smee at Waldo's Design & Dream Emporium.
Front cover engraving by Max Ernst from "Une Semaine De Bonté".
Engineering by John Wood.
Produced by Joe Boyd, Witchseason Productions Ltd.

"Universal would like to thank: Daryl Easlea, Andy Griffin,
John Hillarby, Mick Houghton and John Scott.
Be sure to visit the website:"

Production: Joe Boyd
Engineer: John Wood
Compilation, tape research: Mark Powell
CD: Island IMCD 318 / 983 079-5