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Glorious Fool [Import]

John MartynAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B001BS0JFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Couldn't Love You More
2. Amsterdam
3. Hold on My Heart
4. Perfect Hustler
5. Hearts and Keys
6. Glorious Fool
7. Never Say Never
8. Pascanel (Get Back Home)
9. Didn't Do That
10. Please Fall in Love with Me
11. Don't You Go

Editorial Reviews

2008 UK reissue of this classic album from the Scottish singer/songwriter, produced by Phil Collins and featuring musical assistance from Eric Clapton. Originally issued in 1981, Glorious Fool was Martyn's first album after leaving Island Records and features many tracks now considered to be some of his best including 'Couldn't Love You More'. Rhino Encore.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Collins' finest moment as a Producer February 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The CD release of this album has been an unaccountably long time coming. The re-working of ONE WORLD's 'Couldn't Love You More', with Eric Clapton's gorgeous guitar work and Collins (for once) sympathetic background vocals, is a masterpiece which didn't deserve to be hidden away in WEA's vaults for the past 15 years.
As well as coaxing some of his best rock performances out of John Martyn, Phil Collins also provides excellent drumwork. Ace session keyboardsman Max Middleton is also at a near peak, doing much the same job on electric paino as he did for Jeff Beck's WIRED and BLOW BY BLOW, along with, in particular, Chris Rea's excellent ON THE BEACH.
This is a great album, one that deserves to be played at volume!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first vinyl to cd i did....... February 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this album/vinyl when it first came out "way back".....merely on the album cover.....I then proceded to get all i could of this man "John Martyn".....I listen(ed) to everything from talking heads/brian eno-ambiant stuff/ to who knows what else....i do radio/music not tv....within the last year when i got into turning some of my old vinyl into cd's (technology,thanks)....this was the first one i pulled out. It is TIMELESS.....great great great. Put it on and forget about it....it creates an incredible atmosphere.....and i must say this: Of all the albums i have bought and purchased with an eye toward the "coverwork"......This is the absolute best in regards to the coverwork complimenting the music within....The songs are all great "top-notch"....however, don't try to "pick and choose" at first.....just put it on and let it go....It is meant to be heard as a whole----as any masterpiece is. Get it. LIsten......and then buy more.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what all the other reviews crack it up to be. February 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
John Martyn is at his best when he keeps it minimal, so the emotion can shine through. Unfortunately, Phil Collins applies his tried and true 80s gloss production on this record, and it ends up sounding fairly dated as a result. If you dig John's more ambient stuff, like Solid Air and Bless The Weather, you probably won't like this record a whole lot.

Previous reviewers note that the first track, "Couldn't Love You More", with Eric Clapton on guitar, is great. But if you want to hear a truly brilliant version of this song, pick up the reissue of John's album "One World" and listen to the live 1978 version of this track, which is on the bonus disc. It's just Martyn and his guitar, pouring his heart out in front of a stunned crowd. After you hear that version, you'll realize how "Diet Coke" this version of John Martyn is.

But hey, if you wanna hear Phil Collins sing backup vocals, and play drums (without touching his cymbals much) then by all means....
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