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3.96 | 41 ratings | 4 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Go Easy (4:16)
2. Bless The Weather (4:30)
3. Sugar Lump (3:43)
4. Walk To The Water (2:48)
5. Just Now (3:39)
6. Head And Heart (4:54)
7. Let The Good Things Come
8. Back Down The River (2:40)
9. Glistening Glyndebourne (6:31)
10. Singin' In The Rain (1:33)

Total Time 37:37

Bonus tracks on 2005 CD remaster:
11. Walk To The Water (take 3) (3:36)
12. Bless The Weather (take 4) (5:37)
13. Back Down The River (take 1) (2:47)
14. Go Easy (take 1) (4:42)
15. Glistening Glyndebourne (take 2) (7:51)
16. Head And Heart (band Version) (10:20)
17. May You Never (single Version) (2:45)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Martyn (Iain David McGeachy) / vocals, guitars, Fx (Echoplex), co-producer

- Beverley Martyn (Kutner) / vocals
- Richard Thompson / guitar
- Ian Whiteman / keyboards
- Tony Reeves / double bass
- Danny Thompson / double bass
- Roger Powell / drums
- Smiley De Jonnes / percussion
- Paul Kossoff / guitar (17)
- John "Rabbit" Bundrick / keyboards (17)

Releases information

Artwork: Visualeyes

LP Island Records ‎- ILPS9167 (1971, UK)

CD Island Remasters ‎- IMCD 135 (1993, Europe)
CD Island Remasters ‎- IMCD 321 (2005, Europe) Remastered by Paschal Byrne with 7 bonus tracks

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JOHN MARTYN Bless The Weather ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars As both albums recorded with his wife Beverley were critically well received, the sales proved to be deceiving, so when Beverly was again pregnant (their second child), John went public criticizing the production of the albums (rightly so, IMHO), and finally giving in to Island's pressure resumed at being a "solo" artiste again. The couple then resettled in the UK in Hastings (a stone's throw from Canterbury), Kent. Recorded mid 71, Bless The Weather is filled with an all-star cast of guests such as Pentangle Danny Thompson, Colosseum & Greenslade's Tony Reeves, roger powell's, Fairport's Richard Thompson and of course his wife.

Although there are still some pure folk tracks like the opening Go Easy and the cover of Singing In The Rain or straight blues like Sugar Lump, Bless The Weather (both the track and the album) are the cornerstone on which Martyn's most revered part of his career is built upon. Indeed the title track takes the previous' album Road To Ruin had left things at. In this track and on Walk On Water, Martyn's style veer frankly jazz with his Echoplex pedal effect, with the huge Danny Thompson double bass assuming most of the blue notes and on the latter track, there is a marimba to give it a Caribbean touch. But nowhere in this album and previously did Martyn reach greatness than with the to-die-for Glistening Glyndenbourne. Starting out on a Tyner-like piano, rarely will Martyn ever reach such perfect sense of fusion between jazz and whatever folk he's still willing tio feature in such a track. Of course the man behind all of this is the amazing Danny Thompson (his namesake Richard is doing a few brilliant licks behind Martyn's Echoplex-filled guitar, providing a fantastic bed of guitars. This track will be quickly a concert favourite and will grow to gargantuan proportions. In between these two extremes (the pure styles and the fusions) there are tracks, there are tracks like Just Now and Back Down The River are slightly mixing styles but still very folky. On the other hand, Head And Heart, Good Things Come (Hi, Bev), XYZ

While it's clear that Martyn has not reached his top form yet, Bless The Weather is the album where he breaks loose. If the following brilliant Solid air album exists, it's clearly that it took things where Glyndenbourne, Weather and Walk On Water left things at on this album. Certainly in the top 7 of most of John Martyn's aficionados, Bless The Weather is John first essential album.

Review by Warthur
4 stars John Martyn's Bless the Weather doesn't quite have a sound as compelling as the stark minimalism of Solid Air (in particular, the jazz influences on Martyn's music haven't really manifested yet), nor does it have any compositions which stand out quite as much as the subsequent album's title track, but it's still enjoyable as a folk album in its own right and offers a fascinating insight into the early development of the guitar techniques and vocal stylings which would come together so effectively on Solid Air. Whilst subsequent work would win him more attention, folk listeners would be well advised not to overlook Bless the Weather.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Bless The Weather along with the album Solid Air are known as John Martyn's best efforts and there should be no disappointments from either, but somehow this album has the edge. The songs shine with innocence and inspiration. From the sublime opening piece "Go Easy On Me" we're presented with ... (read more)

Report this review (#620630) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Thursday, January 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Bless the Weather is one of John Martyn's best albums and it is my personal favourite album of his. In my opinion all his albums from Bless the Weather to Grace and Danger are essential but there is something about Bless the Weather that sets it apart from the rest. The album starts with a beautiful ... (read more)

Report this review (#245728) | Posted by Adams Bolero | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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