Johnny Too Bad
Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
Though John Martyn finished the recording of Grace and Danger in 1979, Island Records head Chris Blackwell delayed its release by a year. He believed the record -- a savage chronicling of the singer-songwriter's divorce from wife and former collaborator Beverly Martyn -- to be too depressing. Indeed, Grace and Danger is an intense and often harrowing listening experience, yet it's a beautiful one as well. Supported by a fabulous rhythm section -- bassist John Giblin and Phil Collins behind the kit -- Martyn wraps bare-knuckled confessionals in a shimmering veil of fusion, folk-rock and funk.