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 time spent in Jamaica in 75-76 clearly influenced One World which charted at No. 54 and became a true favorite with critics and fans alike. In the summer of 1977, Island's Chris Blackwell asked producer Phil Brown to work with John and the album was recorded in three weeks in the courtyard of a house in Theale, Berkshire. The house was in the middle of a lake and equipment was set up on each side of the lake so that it picked up the sound of water lapping, and a distant ‘strangled' sound on the guitar which was perfect for lead solos.
Most of the recording was carried out between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. and these quiet hours before dawn created the most magical atmosphere for recording. It's an album of contrasting music from "Big Muff," which was co-written by dub master Lee ‘Scratch' Perry, to the enchanting "Couldn't Love You More" and the echoplex extravaganza "Small Hours."