Piece By Piece (Remastered And Expanded) (2015)

Piece By Piece remastered and expanded was released by Universal Music on 26th January 2015 in the RePresents series.

The press release stated;

“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.”

Piece By Piece was first released in April 1986, further details here.

This remastered and expanded release includes a second CD of alternative takes/mixes and live songs. There are 7 alternative takes plus John’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Tight Connection To My Heart. Seven live songs from 1986 are also included. This 2CD release is accompanied by a booklet of new artwork, photographs and sleeve notes, sligthly longer in length that the remastered single CD release. There are 10 previously unreleased takes including the live songs, the other takes having previously been included on the comprehensive 18 CD limited edition box The Island Years released in 2013.



  1. Nightline (J. Martyn)
  2. Lonely Love (J. Martyn)
  3. Angeline (J. Martyn)
  4. One Step Too Far (J. Martyn)
  5. Piece By Piece (F.Patterson)
  6. Serendipity (J. Martyn)
  7. Who Believes In Angels (J. Martyn)
  8. Love Of Mine (J. Martyn)
  9. John Wayne (J. Martyn)


  1. Lonely Love – Alternative Take
  2. Angeline – Alternative Take
  3. Piece By Piece – Alternative Take
  4. Serendipity – Alternative Take
  5. Who Believes In Angels – Alternative Take
  6. Love of Mine – Alternative Take
  7. John Wayne – Alternative Take
  8. Tight Connection To My Heart
  9. 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