Well Kept Secret (1982)

Released in September 1982, Well Kept Secret was influenced by Phil Collins particularly on the ‘disco’ track Back With A Vengeance. The album was very pop orientated although John’s trademarks of sensuality and emotion were present particularly on Could’ve Been Me and Hung Up. Produced by Sandy Roberton, the album charted for seven weeks, reaching the Top 20. Halfway through the recording John accidentally impaled himself on a fence, puncturing a lung, and was so loaded during the subsequent sessions that he can’t even remember taking part! The superb ballad Never Let Me Go featured Ronnie Scott on saxophone.

“The songs are warm and intelligent and a majority of Well Kept Secret is pacier and louder than he’s ever been on one album before…it’s a good record, a class record.” – NME

Well Kept Secret was released in America with re-mixed tracks. A 1998 reissue included two bonus tracks, Gun Money US remix and Hiss on the Tape (live).

WEA released Hiss on the Tape/Livin’ Alone as a single in October 1982 and Gun Money (US remix)/Hiss on the Tape (live) as a single in November.

Well Kept Secret

  1. Could’ve Been Me (J. Martyn)
  2. You Might Need A Man (J. Martyn)
  3. Hung Up (J. Martyn)
  4. Gun Money (J. Martyn)
  5. Never Let Me Go (Joe Scott)
  6. Love Up (J. Martyn)
  7. Changes Her Mind (J. Martyn)
  8. Hiss On The Tape (J. Martyn)
  9. Back With A Vengeance (J. Martyn)
  10. Livin’ Alone (J. Martyn)