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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lonely Love (4:01)
2. Couldn't Love You More (3:50)
3. Sweet Little Mystery (4:25)
4. Head And Heart (4:06)
5. Could've Been Me (3:55)
6. One Day Without You (4:33) *
7. Over The Hill (3:05) *
8. Fine Lines (3:58) *
9. May You Never (3:34)
10. One World (6:26) *
11. Ways To Cry (4:43)
12. Angeline (5:18)
13. Man In The Station (3:53)
14. Solid Air (6:30)
15. Never Let Me Go (3:23) *

* Absent from LP edition

Total time 65:40

Bonus tracks on 2007 remaster:
16. Couldn't Love You More (Live) (7:47)
17. Never Let Me Go (Live) (4:14)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Martyn (Iain David McGeachy) / lead vocals, guitar

- Phil Collins / vocals (3,5,11)
- Jordan Bailey / backing vocals (1-7,9,11), voice (4,11,13)
- Samantha Smith / backing vocals (1-7,9,11)
- Bazil Meade / backing vocals (1-7,9,11)
- Alan Darby / guitar (1,3,11,13)
- David Gilmour / guitar (5,10,11)
- Spencer Cozens / keyboards
- Jerry Underwood / saxophone (1,2,4-6,12-14)
- Andy Sheppard / saxophone (10,11,15)
- Barry Wickens / violin (7)
- Alan Thompson / bass
- Gerry Conway / drums
- Miles Bould / percussion (1,4,8,10,13)

Releases information

Re-recorded versions of classic tracks, released against Martyn will (in fact they are the session tapes for 1993 "No Little Boy")

Artwork: Steven D. Schwachter

LP Permanent Records ‎- PERM LP 9 (1992, UK) Misses 5 tracks from CD edition (#6-8,10,15)

CD Permanent Records ‎- PERM CD 9 (1992, UK)
CD One World Records ‎- OW126CD (2007, UK) Remastered by Steve Rooke with 2 bonus Live tracks taken from Live at Bristol '91

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and to Quinino for the last updates
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Review by Rivertree
1 stars For someone who likes 'well' produced pop songs this album might be a good find. For all those who already know John Martyn's music which is (normally) provided with diversity and edgy moments this is a disappointment - as in hindsight it was for himself too. Don't know what was going on with him to say yes to such a poor reproduction. He wasn't satisfied at the end but the record company finally insisted on the release.

'Couldn't Love You More' holds some of his best songs - but reworked to something polished and overproduced - an uninspired saxophone and sirupy background vocals where Phil Collins has a horse in the race too - oh no! It's better to avoid any word about that. Obviously made to reach for a wider audience. Okay - Martyn's unique voice is really charming and the compositions as such are really fine. But why presented in this outfit?

His next album 'No Little Boy' (1993 ) is basically deriving from the same session tapes but this time produced according to his taste. If you want to have an authentic impression of John Martyn's music - please don't start with 'Couldn't Love You More'!

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