Sapphire and Piece By Piece

Represents SapphireUniversal Music have announced that both Sapphire and Piece By Piece are to be re-released in remastered and expanded format on both CD and heavy weight vinyl on 26th January 2015.

The press release states,

“Single disc, two-disc, double lp and digital equivalent releases which marked John Martyn’s return to Island Records in the mid-1980’s.

Universal Music Catalogue is pleased to announce the multi-formatted releases of Sapphire and Piece By Piece on January 26th 2015, two of John Martyn’s most overlooked albums and a return to the label he was most famously associated with following two album for WEA.

Both Sapphire, originally released in 1984, and Piece By Piece, 1986 are long deleted and ripe for reappraisal. Each album has been remastered and expanded, including some recently unearthed material, with a second disc as part of Island’s RePresents series alongside limited edition double vinyl editions.

Sapphire features alternate mixes by co-producer Andy Lyden, and five previously unreleased studio takes. Among these, the ‘Straight Choir’ version of ‘Fisherman’s Dream’, one of Martyn’s most popular songs, was omitted from the original album in favour of a gospel choir version. There are also three previously unreleased live performances recorded in Hamburg in 1986.

Piece by Piece includes seven alternate mixes, and seven previously unreleased live performances also recorded in Hamburg in 1986. Bob Dylan’s ‘Tight Connection To My Heart’ features among the new live recordings; it was a song Martyn rarely played on stage. ‘Angeline’ became the world’s first ever CD single when it was taken from the album and released at the beginning of February that year, just ahead of a 20 date tour which marked John Martyn’s 20th anniversary since his first professional shows.

Both albums feature enhanced packaging containing lyrics, a new essay plus rare and previously unseen photographs.”

The tracklisting for the Sapphire 2 CD Edition is –

CD1
01: Sapphire
02: Over The Rainbow
03: You Know
04: Watching Her Eyes
05: Fisherman’s Dreams
06: Acid Rain
07: Mad Dog Days
08: Climb The Walls
09: Coming In On Time
10: Rope Soul’d

CD2
01: Sapphire – Andy Lyden mix
02: Over The Rainbow  – Andy Lyden mix
03: You Know – Andy Lyden mix
04: Watching Her Eyes – Andy Lyden mix
05: Fisherman’s Dreams – Andy Lyden mix
06: Acid Rain – Andy Lyden mix
07: Mad Dog Days – Andy Lyden mix
08: Climb The Walls – Andy Lyden mix
09: Coming In On Time – Andy Lyden mix
10: Rope Soul’d  – Andy Lyden mix
11: Love In Your Life
12: Fisherman’s Dream  – Straight Choir version
13: Mad Dog Days – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
14: Fisherman’s Dream – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
15: Over The Rainbow – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986

Sapphire 2 LP Edition

Represents SapphireLP1
A1: Sapphire
A2: Over The Rainbow
A3: You Know
A4: Watching Her Eyes
A5: Fisherman’s Dreams

B1: Acid Rain
B2: Mad Dog Days
B3: Climb The Walls
B4: Coming In On Time
B5: Rope Soul’d

LP2
C1: Sapphire – Andy Lyden mix
C2: Watching Her Eyes – Andy Lyden mix
C3: Acid Rain – Andy Lyden mix
C4: Climb The Walls – Andy Lyden mix
C5: Coming In On Time – Andy Lyden mix
C6: Rope Soul’d – Andy Lyden mix

D1: Love In Your Life
D2: Fisherman’s Dream – Straight Choir version
D3: Mad Dog Days – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
D4: Fisherman’s Dream – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
D5: Over The Rainbow – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986

The tracklisting for the Piece By Piece 2CD Edition is –

CD1
01: Nightline
02: Lonely Love
03: Angeline
04: One Step Too Far
05: Piece By Piece
06: Serendipity
07: Who Believes In Angels
08: Love Of Mine
09: John Wayne

Represents Piece by pieceCD2
01: Lonely Love – Alt Take
02: Angeline – Alt Take
03: Piece By Piece – Alt Take
04: Serendipity – Alt Take
05: Who Believes In Angels – Alt Take
06: Love of Mine – Alt Take
07: John Wayne – Alt Take
08: Tight Connection To My Heart
09: Piece By Piece – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
10: Love Of Mine – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
11: Nightline – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
12: Serendipity – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
13: Angeline – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
14: John Wayne – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
15: Tight Connection To My Heart – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986

Piece By Piece 2LP Edition

LP1
A1: Nightline
A2: Lonely Love
A3: Angeline
A4: One Step Too Far
A5: Piece By Piece

B1: Serendipity
B2: Who Believes In Angels
B3: Love Of Mine
B4: John Wayne

LP2
C1: Lonely Love – Alt Take
C2: Angeline – Alt Take
C3: Tight Connection To My Heart
C4: Serendipity – Alt Take
C5: John Wayne – Alt Take

D1: Nightline – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
D2: Piece By Piece – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
D3: Serendipity – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
D4: Love Of Mine – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
D5: Tight Connection To My Heart – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986

Sapphire original album CD and Piece By Piece original album CD