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John Martyn - Live At The Bottom Line (CD)

Genre: Folk
Release Date: 1st June 2001

Catalogue Number: OW116CD
Price: £7.99
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Renowned as a solo acoustic performer in the 1970s, the 1980s John took a new direction concentrating on electric guitar and playing it in his own unique style. 'Glorious Fool' was well received by the music press, "The accolade genius doesn't often apply in popular music...only Tim Buckley ever dumped this much sex on to vinyl,' raved Melody Maker.

This change in direction was a surprise to many fans. John now played his Gibson almost exclusively and the more familiar Martin acoustic guitar took a back seat. John asked fretless bass player Alan Thomson, who had been playing with John's cousin in 'The Arthur Trout Band', to join his new band with Jeffrey Allen on drums completing the line up. They became regulars on tour and both accompany John for this gig recorded at The Bottom Line in New York on 13th May 1983.

The Bottom Line is an intimate venue holding 400 or so fans and such was the demand to see John that he would often play two sets in one evening. The early 80s band sound was very different and Alan Thomson's distinctive bass playing is a feature of this recording on which he also plays keyboards.

Eight of the eleven songs are taken from John's last three albums, 'Grace and Danger '(1980), 'Glorious Fool'(1981) and 'Well Kept Secret '(1982). 'Couldn't Love You More' first appeared on One World (1977) but a reworked version featuring Eric Clapton on guitar also appeared on 'Glorious Fool'. 'Root Love' and 'I'd Rather Be The Devil' are the only other 1970s songs and these are reworked illustrating John's determination to move on to a fresh new sound in concert as well as in the studio.

In 1978 the film In Search of Anna was released. John wrote the theme tune 'Anna' (which is based on 'Small Hours') and some of the incidental music. 'Dealer' and 'Certain Surprise' also featured in the film along with other music by AC/DC of all people! Although 'Anna' was released as a single in Australia it has never appeared on an album or been released elsewhere. A film soundtrack was never released and this is a rare recording of a live performance of the song.

Glorious Fool
Could've Been Me
Root Love
Hiss On Tape
Sweet Little Mystery
Lookin' On
Didn't Do That
Couldn't Love You More
I'd rather be the devil
Johnny Too Bad


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