Friday, 24 September 2010
It's Friday . . . Let's chill for a while
I thought that I would follow up yesterday's post with the only remix I've ever heard of, of John Martyn's music and what a fucking beautiful remix it is.
I heard this one late night in 1996 and thought that I must be tripping as I was sure that I was listening to a blissed out John Martyn but it couldn't be as it had beats and tablas. Although not something that you couldn't imagine Martyn producing I just couldn't believe it was him. I knew that I had to have it, even if it had been by somebody else it would still have been an essential tune.
The next problem, couldn't find the bugger anywhere and nobody seemed to know anything about it. I eventually found out that it had been released on promo only by Go! Beat, the story being that Martyn hated the remix and would not allow it's release, how true this is is anybody's guess. Anyway, the realisation dawned that the chance of me ever owning this record were extremely slight.
The following year one of my best mates was going to Ibiza and I jokingly said to him, "mind and look for a copy of Sunshine's Better" as I reasoned if it could be found anywhere then that would be the place.
When on his return he told me he had got a copy of "that John Martyn tune for you" I thought he was on the wind up until he came round to the house and presented me with it. I'm not one to get emotional but I came very close to hugging and kissing him but in turn handed over the readies and thanked him profusely.
Although not the original Go!Beat promo but a promo for the cafe Del Mar Vol IV it was and remains a prized possession and I still can't believe that Starky took time out from clubbing and chasing women to search round the record shops on the white isle for a record that he only half believed existed.
So sit back, pour your favourite poison and take 13 minutes out to do nothing but listen to a masterpiece.
John Martyn - Sunshine's Better (Talvin Singh mix)