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.

 

CD1PieceCD

  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)

PiecedetailCD2

  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
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Piece By Piece (Remastered) (2015)

Piece By Piece remastered was released by Universal Music on 26th January 2015.

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 version includes new artwork, photographs and sleeve notes. Sound quality is first class.PieceCD

  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)
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Sapphire (Remastered And Expanded) (Vinyl) (2015)

Sapphire remastered and expanded was released on high quality heavy weight vinyl by Universal Music on 26th January 2015.

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.”

The album was originally released in November 1984. Further details here.

This remastered and expanded gatefold vinyl release includes a second LP of alternative takes/mixes and live songs. In 1984 Andy Lyden was invited to mix the album by Chris Blackwell. All but one of his mixes didn’t make the final cut, Sapphire being the exception. This release includes 6 alternative takes/mixes by Andy including an alternative take of the title song. In addition there is Love In Your Life along with the straight choir version of John’s classic song Fisherman’s Dream featuring the Scottish National Choir both of which were left off the original album release. Both records are housed in custom printed sleeves illustrated with photographs, memorabilia and sleeve notes. There are 7 previously unreleased takes including 3 live songs, the other takes on LP2 were previously included on the comprehensive 18 CD limited edition box The Island Years released in 2013.

LP1

  1. SapphireSapphire (J. Martyn)
  2. Over The Rainbow (H. Arlen, C. Harburg)
  3. You Know (J. Martyn)
  4. Watching Her Eyes (J. Martyn)
  5. Fisherman’s Dream (J. Martyn)
  1. Acid Rain (J. Martyn, A. Thomson)
  2. Mad Dog Days (J. Martyn, A. Thomson)
  3. Climb The Walls (J. Martyn)
  4. Coming On Time (J. Martyn)
  5. Rope-Soul’d (J. Martyn, A. Thomson, B. Reynolds)

LP2

  1. Sapphire – Andy Lyden mix
  2. Watching Her Eyes – Andy Lyden mix
  3. Acid Rain – Andy Lyden mix
  4. Climb The Walls – Andy Lyden mix
  5. Coming In On Time – Andy Lyden mix
  6. Rope Soul’d – Andy Lyden mix
  1. Love In Your Life (J. Martyn)
  2. Fisherman’s Dream – Straight Choir version
  3. Mad Dog Days – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
  4. Fisherman’s Dream – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
  5. Over The Rainbow – Live in Hamburg 23/4/1986
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Sapphire (Remastered And Expanded) (2015)

Sapphire 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.”

The album was originally released in November 1984. Further details here.

This remastered and expanded release includes a second CD of alternative takes/mixes and live songs. In 1984 Andy Lyden was invited to mix the album by Chris Blackwell. All but one of his mixes didn’t make the final cut, Sapphire being the exception. This release includes the complete album as mixed by Andy along with an alternative take of the title song. In addition there is Love In Your Life along with the straight choir version of John’s classic song Fisherman’s Dream featuring the Scottish National Choir both of which were left off the original album release. Three live songs from 1986 are also included. Both CDs are accompanied by a booklet of new artwork, photographs and sleeve notes, sligthly longer in length that the remastered single CD release. There are 8 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.

CD1SapphireCD

  1. Sapphire (J. Martyn)
  2. Over The Rainbow (H. Arlen, C. Harburg)
  3. You Know (J. Martyn)
  4. Watching Her Eyes (J. Martyn)
  5. Fisherman’s Dream (J. Martyn)
  6. Acid Rain (J. Martyn, A. Thomson)
  7. Mad Dog Days (J. Martyn, A. Thomson)
  8. Climb The Walls (J. Martyn)
  9. Coming On Time (J. Martyn)
  10. Rope-Soul’d (J. Martyn, A. Thomson, B. Reynolds)

sapphiredetailCD2

  1. Sapphire – Andy Lyden mix
  2. Over The Rainbow  – Andy Lyden mix
  3. You Know – Andy Lyden mix
  4. Watching Her Eyes – Andy Lyden mix
  5. Fisherman’s Dreams – Andy Lyden mix
  6. Acid Rain – Andy Lyden mix
  7. Mad Dog Days – Andy Lyden mix
  8. Climb The Walls – Andy Lyden mix
  9. 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
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Sapphire (Remastered) (2015)

Sapphire remastered was released by Universal Music on 26th January 2015.

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.”

The album was originally released in November 1984. Further details here.

This remastered version includes new artwork, photographs and sleeve notes. Sound quality is first class.

  1. Sapphire (J. Martyn)Sapphire
  2. Over The Rainbow (H. Arlen, C. Harburg)
  3. You Know (J. Martyn)
  4. Watching Her Eyes (J. Martyn)
  5. Fisherman’s Dream (J. Martyn)
  6. Acid Rain (J. Martyn, A. Thomson)
  7. Mad Dog Days (J. Martyn, A. Thomson)
  8. Climb The Walls (J. Martyn)
  9. Coming On Time (J. Martyn)
  10. Rope-Soul’d (J. Martyn, A. Thomson, B. Reynolds)
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The Best Of The Island Years (2014)

The Best Of The Island YearsThe Best Of The Island Years 4 disc set was released by Universal Music on 3rd November 2014.

A good selection of 56 songs all previously available on The Island Years 18 disc box set released on 30th September 2013.

No additional songs or additional artwork to that previously included in the 18 disc box. If you have the 18 disc box you don’t need to buy this unless you are a completist. Includes a 40 page book with photographs and sleeve notes, edited down from the big box set.

Universal Music press release –

“The Best of the Island Years is a 4-disc digest version of last year’s, definitive 18 disc set covering John Martyn’s classic years with Island Records between 1967 and 1987.  All 56 tracks on the 4-disc edition capture Martyn at the height of his creativity on the label; all of them have been chosen from the out-takes, unreleased songs and rare live recordings that were first included on The Island Years 18CD Box Set. This collection features the best of the rarities from The Island Years and creates an exceptional collection of recordings for fans who have everything but the complete box set. It includes three songs which were unreleased prior to inclusion on the complete box set – ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’, from the Grace And Danger sessions, ‘Love In Your Life’ from Sapphire and ‘Lifeline’ from the Apprentice sessions, Martyn’s final recordings for the Island Records.”

CD1
1. Go Easy
2. Bless The Weather
3. Just Now
4. Head And Heart
5. Glistening Glyndebourne
6. May You Never (Live)
7. Head And Heart (Live)
8. I’d Rather Be The Devil (Live)
9. Solid Air
10. Over The Hill
11. I’d Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman)
12. Go Down Easy
13. Dreams By The Sea
14. May You Never
15. Fine Lines

CD2
1. The Glory Of Love
2. Make No Mistake
3. Sunday’s Child
4. Spencer The Rover (Live)
5. Eight More Miles
6. Outside In (Live)
7. Solid Air (Live)
8. The Man In The Station (Live)
9. Dealer
10. One World
11. Smiling Stranger
12. Certain Surprise

bestofislandyearsCD3
1. Couldn’t Love You More
2. Big Muff
3. Dancing
4. Small Hours
5. Black Man At Your Shoulder
6. Some People Are Crazy
7. Grace And Danger
8. Johnny Too Bad
9. High-Heel Sneakers
10. Running Up The Harbour
11. Sweet Little Mystery (Live)
12. Our Love
13. After Tomorrow Night

CD4
1. Sapphire
2. Over The Rainbow
3. Fisherman’s Dream
4. Mad Dog Days
5. Love In Your Life
6. Solid Air (Live)
7. Bless The Weather (Live)
8. Lonely Love
9. Angeline
10. Piece By Piece
11. The River
12. Send Me One Line
13. The Apprentice
14. Lifeline
15. Patterns In The Rain
16. John Wayne (Live)

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