Johnny Boy Would Love This…A Tribute To John Martyn is a new compilation of covers featuring Robert Smith from the Cure, Beck, Snow Patrol, Beth Orton, Judie Tzuke, Lisa Hannigan, Vashti Bunyan, Bombay Bicycle Club and more. It clocks in at 30 tracks and although not all the artists are my cup of tea it is, on balance, a great compilation!
In the late ’60s, the late british guitarist and songwriter John Martyn broke ground by leaping from acoustic folk into highly successful experiments with tape delay, wild recording scenarios, and jazz-inspired arrangements. He became a cult figure among british musicians. A list of his admirers reads like a who’s-who of rock, pop, and even trip hop: Eric Clapton, the band’s Levon Helm, Lee ‘scratch’ Perry, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Page and of course his house mate Nick Drake. To honour his life, thirty artists reveal the full breadth of Martyn’s creativity on ‘Johnny boy would love this…a tribute to John Martyn’.
The package includes a double cd digi-pak, 40-page booklet, and dvd that features interviews with a number of the contributing artists, performance videos, and rare live performances by john himself.