John Martyn Grace And Danger on Limited Edition 180g Import LP
In a world that often lacks compassion, John Martyn and his music, is a breath of fresh air. A truly progressive artist John has never been one to stay with a tried and trusted sound, preferring to explore, experiment and break new ground. His trade mark 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 1980 release, Grace & Danger was directly inspired by the dissolution of his marriage to wife Beverley and the album is a collection of very powerful, personal and painful songs. The 9-song set finds John accompanied by John Giblin on bass and the great Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals. John and Phil were actually both going through divorces at the time and this strengthened their friendship and the music here.
The album was delayed for a year by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who was a close friend of John and Beverley's, and who found it too openly disturbing to release. John later said that it was "probably the most specific piece of autobiography I've written. Some people keep diaries, I make records."
Two of the songs were also used in films. "Save Some (For Me)" was featured in The Morning After in 1986 about a woman who wakes up with a hangover and no memory of how she ended up in bed with a dead man while "Sweet Little Mystery" was showcased in Mad Dogs and Englishmen in 1995, a thriller about an aristocratic Englishwoman addicted to heroin.
By this time John had also become bored with the limitations of the acoustic guitar and solo performances and started to concentrate on electric guitar with a full band setting for his music. 180g audiophile vinyl with UV-Spot on gloss artwork from Music On Vinyl.
John Martyn Grace And Danger Track Listing:
1. Some People Are Crazy
2. Grace And Danger
3. Lookin' On
4. Johnny Too Bad
5. Sweet Little Mystery
6. Hurt In Your Heart
7. Baby Please Come Home
8. Save Some (For Me)
9. Our Love