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Bless the Weather [Import]

John MartynAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000007QQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC ALBUM OF TIMELESS BEAUTY July 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
John Martyn has produced an impressive amount of fine music over his long career -- this album, for me, is the high point (closely followed by SOLID AIR). Don't misunderstand -- just about everything Martyn has released has been of the highest quality, if slightly varying in style -- this period just happens to be the one that appeals the most to me.
Everything comes together here in perfection -- Martyn's solid, gentle songwriting coupled with his unforgettable smokey voice and unique guitar style, accompanied by some of the finest players to EVER grace a recording studio (Richard Thompson on guitar and Danny Thompson on acoustic bass). Placed in the hands of the able producer/engineer team of John Wood and Joe Boyd, the recording itself is crystal-clear and uncluttered, letting Martyn's songs shine through with their own light...
...and what a light they possess! The album's opener, 'Go easy', sets the pace perfectly with Martyn pleading sofly, 'Life, go easy on me -- love, don't pass me by...' With so many other vocalists, Martyn's breathy delivery might seem affected -- but John makes it seem effortlessly natural. 'Bless the weather' continues in this vein, 'Bless the weather that brought you to me -- curse the storm that takes you home...' This album was recorded after John and his wife/singing partner Beverly Martyn split -- and longing, loneliness and pain naturally accompany such a rift, no matter the cause or the instigator.
There is hope in these tunes, too -- 'Walk on the water' is more upbeat and uplifting, and 'Just now' is one of the most endearing reflections on 'getting in touch' with onesself that I've ever heard. 'Head and heart' is probably the best known of all of Martyn's compositions, having also been covered by other artists.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight from the heart July 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Q magazine called it one of the dozen essential folk records of all time. I really don't find this album that easy to categorise. The songs vary from the folkish sounding JUST NOW, to the jazzy John Martyn signature HEAD AND HEART. What comes through from the album as a whole,however, is spontaneity. There is an underlying simplicity in each tune, and every song sounds as if composed on the spot, on impulse. The arrangements are basic, and sparse - just accoustic guitars, bass and drums on most of the songs. This is not to overlook the fact that the people playing with John Martyn on this album are luminaries in their own right - Richard Thomson, Danny Thomson et al. Do not be fooled by the apparent simplicity of these wonderful songs, they deserve repeated listening. The high point of this album is the instrumental GLISTENING GLYNDEBOURNE, which has terrific work on bass and the first display of the famous echoplex technique on guitar which Martyn takes to greater heights on "RATHER BE THE DEVIL" on his SOLID AIR album. Get hold of this CD if you want to spend a half hour listening to soothing, genle songs sung by a vocalist of unparalleled ability.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martyn hits his stride... January 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I own all of John Martyn's albums and I would rank "Bless The Weather" as one of his best. There is a certain back to the roots feel to this disc; Martyn had yet to fully delve into his exploratory period of recording his guitar with the echoplex, and this album is largely acoustic. Martyn's playing is excellent throughout the album, his guitar work on "Head and Heart" is a mix of jaw dropping technical profiency and improvisational genius. In my opinion, Martyn was really coming into his own as a songwriter during this period of his career, and there are songs on "Bless The Weather" which are stunning. I don't think I have ever listened to "Just Now" one time without repeating it again, a beautiful and soulful vocal and piano and guitar arrangement. Martyn also duets with his wife Beverly on "Let The Good Things Come", which is another one of his best songs of a haunting nature. I would recommend this disc to any newcomer to John Martyn's music, it is some of his most accessible work and a great collection of songs and performances. Needless to say, if you are already a fan of his music and don't have "Bless The Weather", this is an essential purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen With Your Head And Heart October 18, 2000
By Greg C
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the BEST early-70s singer-songwriter albums, or of any era for that matter. It is filled with soothing and moving songs that should really be better known to fans of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne et. al. It enhances that style with an added layer of English/Scottish mystical folk, with a nod to blues. Actually, the best comparison may be to Joni Mitchell. Martyn is a songwriter of rare sensitivity and flexibility, and this wonderful album, heard at the right time and in the right mood, is virtually guaranteed to infiltrate your subconscious and have you reaching for it again and again, especially on Sunday mornings over a cup of coffee. It's diverse, too: he throws in a Stonesy rocker here, an extended instrumental there (what a great guitarist!), but the ten tracks hang together perfectly. "Head And Heart," "Bless The Weather," "Just Now," "Let The Good Things Come" many gems here! This and "Solid Air" are his two best albums by a mile ("Inside Out" isn't too far behind), but Martyn's body of work overall is admirable and worthy of the sort of wider attention currently being afforded his late friend, labelmate and colleague Nick Drake. After hearing this stroke of pastoral genius, I'm sure you'll feel the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bless the Muse
Thank the Muse that one of these songs came drifting into my mind the other day. Or rather "Bless the Muse", for this man was most certainly in touch with his. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
love the music in this one, the and the guitar / percussion / piano selectiosn are great. I highly recmmend
Published 9 months ago by Patricia Lynn Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless The Weather (digital remaster), A Breath of Fresh Air
John Martyn's "Bless The Weather" has long been considered a breakthrough in folk, jazz rock, punctuated by honest lyrics, Martyn's flawless sense of improvisational guitar playing... Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by John Max Redmond
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply agree.
This was great, heartfelt music. Music that healed.
And it still so remains.
I don't know why there aren't multitudes of covers of "Just Now" and "Back Down the River;"... Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Jeff Neuman Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb CD
This CD is a wonderful introduction to the music of John Martyn. It is very much an acoustic CD with a relaxed, improvised feel. Read more
Published on February 11, 2010 by R. King
3.0 out of 5 stars Good songs but mediocre sound quality
Great songs, but the sound quality on the Island remastered version (which I just received from Amazon) is sort of blah.
Published on February 23, 2009 by Phoebe
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Martyn Classic
Bless The Weather is arguably John Martyn's finest recording moments on vinyl (as it was then). What this album manages to achieve is the near perfect blend of contemporary folk... Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Rain After Rain
John Martyn's 1971 album "Bless the Weather" made me a life-long fan. His previous recording with wife Beverley, Stormbringer!, brought him to my attention. Read more
Published on August 12, 2008 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Martyn's masterpiece
Of all of John Martyn's work for Island Records, this is surely one of the (if not THE) best of them. Read more
Published on June 28, 2008 by William M. Feagin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Late At Night
The feel of this music is as warm, mellow, and dense as an intoxicating haze. Bless The Weather displays all of the craft and integrity of Nick Drake's first two albums, but the... Read more
Published on January 24, 2004 by Thomas Horan
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