Bless the Weather

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Bless The Weather
Studio album by John Martyn
Released November 1971
Recorded May 1971 at Sound Techniques, Chelsea
Genre Folk rock, electric folk, folk jazz
Length 37:32 (original release)
75:19 (2005 reissue)
Label Island
Producer John Martyn, John Wood
John Martyn chronology
The Road to Ruin
(1970)
Bless the Weather
(1971)
Solid Air
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [2]
Record Collector 4/5 stars [3]

Bless the Weather is a 1971 album by John Martyn and marks his return as a solo artist having released two albums with his wife Beverley Martyn. When it was released it garnered his best reviews to date, and remains a firm favourite among fans, featuring such standards as "Head and Heart" and the title track. The album is predominantly acoustic, although it does feature Martyn's first real 'echoplex' track in "Glistening Glyndebourne".

Q magazine chose Bless the Weather among the dozen essential folk albums of all time in 1999. According to Q the album was recorded in just three days. In November 2007 Bless the Weather was included in a list by The Guardian newspaper entitled '1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die'.[4] Beck remade "Go Easy" for a webcast performance.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Martyn except where indicated.

  1. "Go Easy" – 4:15
  2. "Bless the Weather" – 4:29
  3. "Sugar Lump" – 3:43
  4. "Walk to the Water" – 2:49
  5. "Just Now" – 3:39
  6. "Head and Heart" – 4:54
  7. "Let the Good Things Come" – 3:05
  8. "Back Down the River" – 2:40
  9. "Glistening Glyndebourne" – 6:30
  10. "Singin' in the Rain" (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed) – 1:28

Bonus tracks Recorded at a demo session, Sound Technique Studios, Chelsea 16 April 1969

  1. "Walk to the Water" (Take 3) (3:34)
  2. "Bless the Weather" (Take 4) (5:37)
  3. "Back Down the River" (Take 1) (2:44)
  4. "Go Easy" (Take 1) (4:39)
  5. "Glistening Glyndebourne" (Take 2) (7:48)
  6. "Head and Heart" (Band Version) (10:17)
  7. "May You Never" (Single Version) (2:45)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bless the Weather at AllMusic
  2. ^ Dorian Lynskey (2005-11-04). "CD: John Martyn, Bless the Weather | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  3. ^ Euan Andrews (2006-01-01). "London Conversation, The Tumbler, Bless The Weather, Inside Out, Sunday's Child (remastered & expanded) | Big Muff". Johnmartyn.info. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Rocklist.net...The Guardian Best Albums Lists". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 

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