JOHN MARTYN – ” The Church With One Bell ” Record Store Day 2021

Posted: July 14, 2021 in MUSIC

Throughout his four-decade-long career, British singer-songwriter John Martyn (1948-2009) was hailed for his innovative musicianship, his emotive vocals and his genre-bending, progressive folk songs, which incorporated elements of rock, jazz and blues.

All of that can be heard in 1998’s “The Church With One Bell”, which found Martyn interpreting a diverse selection of blues tracks–from oft-covered standards like Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying” and Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Feel So Bad,” to more recent cuts by Portishead (“Glory Box”) and Ben Harper (“Excuse Me Mister”). Martyn also delivers a reflective rendition of Randy Newman’s “God’s Song;” a refreshing take on Dead Can Dance’s “How Fortunate the Man With None;” a haunting performance of “Strange Fruit”–as made famous by Billie Holiday; plus two rousing Bobby Charles covers (“He’s Got All The Whiskey,” and “Small Town Talk”).

Captured at Glasgow’s CaVa Sound Studios, Martyn co-produced the album with GRAMMY®-winner Norman Dayron, a veteran of the Chicago blues scene, who collaborated with the likes of Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Howlin’ Wolf and Michael Bloomfield.

This special, 180-gram pressing marks the first vinyl reissue of The Church With One Bell–which has been out of print since its original release. Limited to 4,350 units worldwide, this sought-after title was remastered from its original analog tapes and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and pressed at Quality Records Pressing (QRP).

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