A truly progressive artist John Martyn never stayed with a tried and trusted sound, preferring to explore, experiment and break new ground. His trademark melodies and lyrics are in a class of their own and his voice which is steeped in pleasure and pain, joy and fear and love and hate, expresses emotion like no other.
Martyn's marriage broke down at the tail end of the '70s and 1980's Grace and Danger is a collection of very powerful, personal and painful songs which came in its wake. The album features Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals and John Giblin on bass. Relying increasingly on his Gibson S.G. electric guitar, John's playing here is both highly inventive and beguiling.
With John's distinctive vocal delivery and painfully honest lyrics, Grace and Danger became a stunning exposition of confusion, heartache, love and remorse. John later said that it was "probably the most specific piece of autobiography I've written. Some people keep diaries, I make records."