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Stars Come Together For John Martyn Tribute Album

Two years after his untimely death, fans, friends and collaborators are uniting for a tribute album to the late, great John Martyn.

Direct Current reports that an enormous 30-song LP, entitled Johnny Boy Would Love this….a Tribute to John Martyn, is to be released on July 12 having been a work in progress since the guitarist died in January 2009.

Those to take part in the project include peers from John Martyn’s own generation such as Donovan and Vashti Bunyan, as well as more recent admirers such as Beth Orton, and some of the so-called ‘nu-folk’ generation for whom Martyn was a towering figure, such as Vetiver and Devendra Banhart. Also on board are Beck, Robert Smith, Phil Collins, Snow Patrol and The Swell Season.

The album will be accompanied by a DVD with footage of recordings and interviews.

In other news, Martyn’s final studio album, Heaven and Earth, is to be released on May 3. Martyn was working on the album before he died.

The unofficial tracklisting for Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute To John Martyn is:

1. Fine Lines – Syd Kitchen

2. Back To Stay – Ultan Conlon

3. One World – Paolo Nutini

4. Fairy Tale Lullaby – Bombay Bicycle Club

5. Anna – Brendan Campbell

6. Small Hours – Robert Smith (from The Cure)

7. Rope Soul’d – The Blackships (Nick McCabe and Simon Jones from The Verve)

8. Go Down Easy – Beth Orton

9. Glorious Fool – Clarence Fountain and Sam Butler (Formerly Of The Blind boys Of Alabama)

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

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