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John Martyn: Sapphire/Piece By Piece

Album Review

Overlooked mid-period twosome given a fresh airing.

Island Records’ prodigal son returned to his favoured label for these mid-80s releases, relatively unloved upon their release and having fared unfavourably with the passage of time. The memory of his guitar-centred output already fading fast, and any remnants of guitar had been so heavily treated as to be indistinguishable from the tidal wave of synth layering that saturated the ever-so-contemporary production, underpinned by the now naff Linn drum machine.

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