Grace and Danger

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Grace and Danger
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Studio album by John Martyn
Released October 1980
Recorded Summer 1979
Genre Folk rock, folk jazz, jazz-rock, blue-eyed soul, reggae rock
Length 39:37
Label Island
Producer Martin Levan
John Martyn chronology
One World
Grace and Danger
Glorious Fool
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Grace and Danger is a 1980 album by John Martyn.


The album was written and recorded while John Martyn was in the process of divorcing his wife Beverley, and the songs strongly reflect the emotional upheaval that he was experiencing at the time. Martyn and Phil Collins forged a close friendship during the writing and recording of the album with both musicians going through painful divorces at the time - Collins played drums and provided backing vocals. In fact a strong kinship exists between Grace And Danger and Collins' contemporary album Face Value, which also contained a strong narrative relating to relationship breakdown. The release of the album was delayed by Island Records for a year because Chris Blackwell, the label owner (and friend of both John and Beverley) found the album too depressing. Producer Martin Levan said of the delay that "the messages I was getting back was that Chris [Blackwell] felt it was too sad and he didn't want to put it out. He felt it too depressing and didn't want it released." Speaking in 1981, Martyn captured his frustration at the situation, "I freaked: 'Please get it out! I don't give a damn how sad it makes you feel - It's what I'm about: direct communication of emotion.'"

When released, Rolling Stone described the album as "a very strong outing for John Martyn, placing him in a class with such intelligent eclectics as Joan Armatrading and Joni Mitchell."[2] Grace and Danger was released in a deluxe edition in February 2007, which featured the original album remastered, with a second CD of demos and offcuts. The BBC Scotland programme Scotland's Music, presented by Phil Cunningham included a performance of "Hurt In Your Heart" by Martyn during its November 2007 episode "Love & Loss".[3]

The album cover was created by UK photographer/artist Sandy Porter.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Martyn except where indicated.

  1. "Some People Are Crazy" – 4:19
  2. "Grace and Danger" – 4:02
  3. "Lookin' On" – 5:11
  4. "Johnny Too Bad" (The Slickers: Winston Bailey, Hylton Beckford, Derrick Crooks, Delroy Wilson; with additional lyrics by John Martyn) – 3:56
  5. "Sweet Little Mystery" – 5:28
  6. "Hurt In Your Heart" – 4:58
  7. "Baby Please Come Home" – 3:56
  8. "Save Some (For Me)" – 3:34
  9. "Our Love" (John Martyn, Beverley Martyn) – 3:57

Deluxe Edition track listing[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "Some People Are Crazy" – 4:19
  2. "Grace and Danger" – 4:02
  3. "Lookin' On" – 5:11
  4. "Johnny Too Bad" – 3:56
  5. "Sweet Little Mystery" – 5:28
  6. "Hurt In Your Heart" – 4:58
  7. "Baby Please Come Home" – 3:56
  8. "Save Some (For Me)" – 3:34
  9. "Our Love" – 3:57
  10. "Sweet Little Mystery" (Old Grey Whistle Test performance, 10/01/81) - 4:56
  11. "Lookin' On" (Old Grey Whistle Test performance, 10/01/81) - 5:10
  12. "Some People Are Crazy" (Rock Goes To College performance, 02/03/81) - 4:19
  13. "Grace and Danger" (Rock Goes To College performance, 02/03/81) - 4:25
  14. "Save Some (For Me)" (Rock Goes To College performance, 02/03/81) - 3:34

Disc 2

  1. "Small Hat"
  2. "Johnny Too Bad" (First version)
  3. "Running Up The Harbour"
  4. "Sweet Little Mystery" (First version)
  5. "Dead On Arrival"
  6. "Some People Are Crazy" (First version)
  7. "Baby Please Come Home" (First version)
  8. "Grace And Danger" (First version)
  9. "Hurt In Your Heart" (Instrumental)
  10. "After Tomorrow Night"
  11. "Our Love" (First version)
  12. "Lilo Blondino"
  13. "Johnny Too Bad" (Dub mix)

Tracks 1-12 from CD2 recorded at Basing Street Studios, London, 29 March 1979. Tracks 4-6 were mixed there 4 June 1979. The rest 9 June 1979.


Original album
Other musicians, Deluxe Edition


  1. ^ Grace and Danger at AllMusic
  2. ^ May 1981 Rolling Stone magazine #344 written by Don Shewey. Review of Grace and Danger
  3. ^ BBC Scotland

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