Phil Collins, Paolo Nutini, Beck, Bombay Bicycle Club, David Gray, Snow Patrol and The Cure’s Robert Smith are among a host of artists to have signed up for a new John Martyn tribute album, which is due for release this month. ‘Johnny Boy Would Love This’ is out on 15th August and features 30 covers of songs by the influential British singer-songwriter, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 60.
Phil Collins had previously collaborated with Martyn having worked with him on the albums ‘Grace and Danger’ and ‘Glorious Fool’. Speaking about his friend, Collins said: “John Martyn was unique. Completely unique. He had such power, such emotion, in his music that he could overwhelm the listener even when it was just him and an acoustic guitar. He gave ‘Tearing and Breaking’ to me as he didn't know what to do with it. It consisted of the chorus melody and not much else really. Proud of collaborating with him, I wrote the rest, but never considered it my song. It was his song on loan to me. I loved him very much as there were no half measures, literally and musically. I hope people remember him and his music always.”
David Gray said: “John Martyn was a true pioneer within the world of acoustic music. As a writer he was a master of understatement, who always managed to conjure songs that were deeply poetic, whilst using only the simplest words and phrases. Entering into his music, is like finding another place to be.”
John Martyn released 20 albums during his 40-year career and worked with a number of other artists including Eric Clapton and David Gilmour.
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