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Once An Apprentice, Always An Apprentice.

Oct 20, 2022

Great news! Cherry Red through Esoteric Records are releasing a box set organised around the reissue of John Martyn’s 1990 masterpiece, ‘ The Apprentice ‘ on November 25th. Not only is this a new remastered edition of the original but there is bonus material which includes a live set from ‘The Apprentice,’ promotional tour, a DVD, as well as bonus tracks. All round it sounds rather spiffing. Expect a considered Spiral Earth review  as soon as it lands.

Meanwhile fuller details are below.

  • A NEW RE-MASTERED 3CD / DVD CLAMSHELL BOXED SET OF JOHN MARTYN’S 1990 ALBUM.
  • WITH TWO ADDITIONAL CDs AND A DVD OF A CONCERT RECORDED IN MARCH 1990 FEATURING GUEST DAVID GILMOUR.
  • INCLUDES AN ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH ESSAY.

An expanded four disc edition of the 1990 album ‘The Apprentice’ by late John Martyn. With a career that had begun in the late 1960s and had produced a succession of excellent albums throughout the 70s and 80s, Martyn recorded ‘The Apprentice’ at the end of 1989 at a studio in Glasgow working with musicians including Foster Patterson (keyboards), Dave Taif-Ball (bass) and Aran Ahmun (drums) and guest saxophonist Andy Shepherd.

The resulting album was a crafted work which was well received by critics and fans alike. To promote the album, Martyn embarked on a UK tour which included a series of concerts at The Shaw Theatre in London. The concert on 31st March 1990 was filmed and recorded, and featured special guest David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered and expanded to include two rare tracks issued as a single in 1990 along with two additional CDs of the concert at The Shaw Theatre and a DVD of the concert originally issued as ‘The Apprentice in Concert’.

DISC ONE
The Apprentice – Remastered
1 Live on Love
2 The River
3 Look at the Girl
4 Income Town
5 Send Me One Line
6 Deny This Love
7 Hold Me
8 Upo
9 The Apprentice
10 The Moment
11 Patterns in the Rain
Bonus tracks
12 Deny This Love (single remix)
13 The Apprentice (live)
DISC TWO
Live at The Shaw Theatre 31st March 1990
1 Easy Blues (live 1990)
2 May You Never (live 1990)
3 Dealer (live 1990)
4 Outside In (live 1990)
5 Never Let Me Go (live 1990)
6 Sapphire (live 1990)
7 Could Not Love You More (live 1990)
8 Deny This Love (live 1990)
9 Fisherman’s Dream (live 1990)
10 Big Muff (live 1990)
11 Angeline (live 1990)
12 Sweet Little Mystery (live 1990)
DISC THREE
Live at The Shaw Theatre 31st March 1990
1 The River (live 1990)
2 Income Town (live 1990)
3 The Apprentice (live 1990)
4 John Wayne (live 1990)
5 Look at That Girl (live 1990)
6 Looking On (live 1990)
7 Johnny Too Bad (live 1990)
8 One World (live 1990)

 

DISC FOUR-DVD
The Apprentice In Concert The Shaw Theatre, London 31st March 1990
1 Easy Blues
2 May You Never
3 Dealer
4 Outside In
5 Never Let Me Go
6 Sapphire
7 Deny This Love
8 Sweet Little Mystery
9 The River
10 The Apprentice

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