Classic Album Of The Day:
John Martyn "Grace And Danger"
I know you know Ed Sheeran. Or most of you, I imagine. Even folk who may not listen to his music remember his Grammy performances for his ingenious live looping of his guitar so that he can play along with himself to spectacular effect. His performances are not just riveting but fascinating the way he does that coolass loop thing, right!?? Pretty cool. Yeah, but here's the thing ya'll. Cats been doing that for a while. Shit, as a kid I sang "You Are My Sunshine" in three part harmony live using two tape decks and a pause button in 1975. Anyway, John Martyn was looping live back in the late 60's using an Echoplex. Martyn was an Irish kid who started in the folk scene first in his country and later in London. Soon he was injecting all sorts of new elements into his sound, but most influential were the blues and jazz flourishes that he began to use. many I discovered him 10 years later by total accident around 1980 when I picked up this joint just cause the cover art was dope to me. This record had little impact stateside but I bought it overseas on a base in Germany. I loved it instantly and I'll tell you why. Because if you have ever lost a love you had to have this one speaks to your busted heart like the most soothing of besties, you know, a friend who knows how to wring out every single fucking tear from your ducts, and it hurts like hell until it's done, then your exhale of relief and bitter memories float over you like a coolness on a humid day. It's a killer, folks. For real. But. And it's a big but. This not an album for someone who does not suffer through sad songs gladly. See I do... I'm a cancer. 4 times over. Oh, yes. Don't be scurred. But needless to say emotion is the water I swim in, so these songs Martyn wrote of his failed marriage - that the label almost didn't release because they are so devastating - these songs are like the sweetest of bitter lullabies and I love all of it. Languid, regretful, sorrowful, plush sonic washes blend perfectly with Martyn, whose voice sounds like a man rising from a night of drink and tears, still misting up but looking on. My kinda guy. #BBSCAOTD