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Beck, Robert Smith, Devendra Banhart team up for John Martyn Tribute

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    There’s been a lot of talk about tribute and cover albums lately, and Mr. Beck Hansen – along with The Cure’s Robert Smith, Snow Patrol, and Phil Collins – want to make sure that the late John Martyn isn’t left out of the conversation. Direct Current is reporting that the aforementioned, as well as Devendra Banhart, David Gray, Donavan, The Swell Season, and a host of others are set to pay their respects to the British singer-songwriter on an extensive tribute album.

    It’s won’t hit shelves until July 12th, but the compilation – titled Johnny Boy Would Love This…A Tribute to John Martyn – will feature 30 takes on songs from Martyn’s discography, which boasts over 20 albums recorded over 44 years. Martyn, who died in 2009 as a result of complications from double pneumonia, became famous for becoming the first white solo act signed to Island Records. He collaborated with a slew of artists including David Gilmour and Eric Clapton over the course of his career and Clapton even went as far to say the guitar virtuoiso “was so far ahead of everything, it’s almost inconceivable” after Martyn was awarded the BBC 2 Folk award for lifetime achievement in 2008.

    One of the most amazing things about Martyn’s career is that he recorded until the very end, and before the tribute hits the streets, Martyn’s last album – eerily titled Heaven and Earth – will be released on May 3rd. The nine-track effort was being recorded at the time of his death, and the full tracklist for both albums is available below.

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    Johnny Boy Would Love This Tracklist:
    01. Fine Lines – Syd Kitchen
    02. Back To Stay – Ultan Conlon
    03. One World – Paolo Nutini
    04. Fairy Tale Lullaby – Bombay Bicycle Club
    05. Anna – Brendan Campbell
    06. Small Hours – Robert Smith (from The Cure)
    07. Rope Soul’d – The Blackships (Nick McCabe and Simon Jones from The Verve)
    08. Go Down Easy – Beth Orton
    09. Glorious Fool – Clarence Fountain and Sam Butler
    10. Couldn’t Love You More – Lisa Hannigan
    11. Sweet Little Mystery – Devendra Banhart
    12. Go Easy – Vetiver
    13. Let The Good Things Come – David Gray
    14. Lay it All Down – Donovan
    15. May You Never – Snow Patrol
    16. John Wayne – Oh My God
    17. Tearing and Breaking – Phil Collins
    18. Head & Heart – Vashti Bunyan
    19. Solid Air – Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
    20. Over The Hill – Ted Barnes featuring Gavin Clark (Clayhill and Unkle)
    21. I Don’t Want to Know – The Swell Season
    22. Dancing – Sonia Dada
    23. Certain Surprise – Sabrina Dinan
    24. Angeline – Nicholas Barron
    25. You Can Discover – Cheryl Wilson
    26. The Easy Blues – Joe Bonnamassa
    27. Walk to the Water – John Smith
    28. Road to Ruin – Jim Tullio
    29. Hurt in Hurt – Judy Tzuke
    30. Stormbringer – Beck

    Heaven and Earth Tracklist:
    01. Heel of the Hunt
    02. Stand Amazed
    03. Heaven and Earth
    04. Bad Company
    05. Could’ve Told You Before I Met You
    06. Gambler
    07. Can’t Turn Back The Years
    08. Colour
    09. Willing To Work

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