Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute to John Martyn Image

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  • Summary: The 30-track tribute album to John Martyn was produced by Jim Tullio and features such artists as Beck, Ted Barnes, Phil Collins, David Gray, Morcheeba's Skye Edwards, Beth Orton, The Cure's Robert Smith, Snow Patrol, The Swell Season, and Cheryl Wilson.
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  • Record Label: Liaison Music
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Contemporary Folk, Indie Folk, British Folk, American Underground, Alternative Folk, Guitar Virtuoso
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. Aug 16, 2011
    Philip Larkin memorably once noted, "What will survive of us is love". Whilst that's undoubtedly true, in Martyn's case there are also these glorious songs to savour and celebrate.
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    As tributes go, this one rates high marks.
  3. 80
    A handful of high profile ringers (Beck, Beth Orton, the Cure's Robert Smith, Phil Collins, Snow Patrol) join less recognizable names interpreting Martyn songs in versions that will hopefully encourage listeners unfamiliar with his work to seek out his bulging catalog of inspired originals.
  4. Aug 16, 2011
    Contributors Vetiver, Phil Collins, Vashti Bunyan, and the Cure's Robert Smith make for odd bedfellows. But Martyn's songbook--"May You Never," "Stormbringer," the Drake tribute "Solid Air"--is the star.
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    It's likely to appeal more to dedicated Martyn fans than newcomers but a fine tribute nonetheless.
  6. Oct 31, 2011
    It would have been better to be more sharply focused, and more limited in scope, so a wider audience could discover it and maybe love it as much as Johnny Boy.
  7. Mojo
    Dec 22, 2011
    There's enough to pique interest for newbies. The rest of us will head on back to the master. [Sep 2011, p.99]

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