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Beck — Stormbringer
Album: Johnny Boy Would Love This (John Martyn Tribute)
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Released: 2011
Length: 4:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Time's gone by
Calendar leaves and snows fly
I might write a poem
If I could think of the words to try
What is there to remember
The winter was December
Just one more year left behind.

She never looked around to see me
She never looked around at all
All I saw was shadows on the wall
She never looked around to see me
She never looked around at all
All I heard was snow that had to fall.

She left in the morning
Quietly that was her way
And on returning
To find I had nothing to say
What is there to remember
The winter was December
Just one more year left behind.

She never looked around to see me
She never looked around at all
All I saw was shadows on the wall
She never looked around to see me
She never looked around at all
All I heard was snow that had to fall...
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Beck keeps surprising me, he certainly is varied in his styles.
I'm not sure I've ever heard the original, so I can't compare, but I very much enjoy Beck's version.
Awww man. How long has Stinray been gone from here by now? 5 years? Sorely missed by so many.  Guess he like tested off of the meter vibe-reader thingee and got taken on the HR L-Ron to nirvana. Or Hell. Happy trails wherever you are posting Scientology alerts, Stinray. May the wind be always at your back. And face. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I must admit, I kinda miss Stinray's wacky Scientology paranoia posts.

 
I miss his posts too. I hardly ever agreed with his STRONG opinions but they were good fun to read.
 Bleyfusz wrote:

The version I am used to goes something like: Mediocre artists copy. A genius plunders.

 
You can always tell the class of a thief by what he/she steals.
 keller1 wrote:


This is actually a John Martyn composition. 

Martyn and Nick Drake were contemporaries, and borrowed liberally from each other.

What was that Picasso line?  "Good artists borrow.  Great artists steal."
 
The version I am used to goes something like: Mediocre artists copy. A genius plunders.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I must admit, I kinda miss Stingray's wacky Scientology paranoia posts.

 
Maybe he's been converted; apparently he had been hanging around with Kirstie Alley.
 Stingray wrote:
BEWARE SCIENTOLOGIST!
 
I must admit, I kinda miss Stingray's wacky Scientology paranoia posts.
Great cover. Love it to death. When I do it, I cover Beck, not JM.

JM was a great artist, great songwriter. Singer?

Not so much.... 

Every time I hear it, I want to edit out the Liberace piano solo....
So-so cover. Thanks for reminding me to look out the original JM version, now that's a 9-10!
 kcar wrote:

...And Stingray, could you please stop torturing that capslock key? 

 
It appears he hasn't touched that key in years.
Good album. Exemplifies what I was ranting about with Neil Young.

Here we have an uneven artist. And different artists showing how they would play the song. Still a John Martyn song, but it is different.

I really enjoy some of his music and don't think he could be bettered by anyone else. He should be studied in a college course.

Thanks for introducing me to him.
 Stingray wrote:
BEWARE SCIENTOLOGIST!

 
Not to feed your obsession, but you should check out these videos for some laughs: 

https://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5552f04b2b/shit-scientologists-say-to-outsiders
https://www.funnyordie.com/videos/febe8f34d1/shit-scientologists-say-to-outsiders

And Stingray, could you please stop torturing that capslock key? 
 
It has a Beta Band feel. Not a bad thing. With regard to the Scientology thing, I have thought about it. How can you hold his religion against him, it's rather presumptuous. Would you hold addiction megalomania and mysogeny against Eric Clapton, Keith Richard, Elvis, Keith Moon, Picasso etc. etc. 

Shouldn't it be about the music and the talent. 
 Stingray wrote:
BEWARE SCIENTOLOGIST!

 
What's your point?
 Stingray wrote:
BEWARE SCIENTOLOGIST!

 
Oh I was to late to warn for the upcoming rant. Sorry folks.
BEWARE SCIENTOLOGIST!
Beck should only sing John Martyn covers from now on.  This is way better than the crap he has been coming up with lately.
Somehow, this song always reminded me of the classic "I in the Sky" (well, a Sesame Street classic, anyway). 
Deep and thoughtful rendition of a profound and moving song...Beck has made another selfless major contribution with this one.
a stunning nod to the original with just a hint of polish!  beautiful song cast for a beautiful man.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this cover...
 
 
THE resurrection is coming, Laz...
what a corker to end my working day on.....got to check out that album for myself
night all.
She never looked around to see me
She never looked around at all
All I heard was snow that had to fall

That is soooo my life a few years ago. 

Everybody in my church loves this cover...
 
Really likin' these Beck songs Bill plays.              {#Bananajam}
 Dave_Mack wrote:
I think this is a great track, and Beck really seems to channel Martyn on it....

Yes, doesn't he though!
I think this is a great track, and Beck really seems to channel Martyn on it. Somehow he makes his voice sound like him too. I imagine it's intentional, but it works.
 ziakut wrote:
My fingers crossed and my hopes that people stay safe on the East Coast. Sandy doesn't look too friendly.
 



..amen, prayers going up here too..appreciate the dedication their way, RP..meaningful!..
I am watching Sandy right now.  Sposed to get a lot worse.  Not bad right now.  They call it "Frankenstorm" here on the coast.  Gov shut down today.  Working from home. Thanks for the hurricane set, Bill.
My fingers crossed and my hopes that people stay safe on the East Coast. Sandy doesn't look too friendly.
8>9. Awesome.
 keller1 wrote:


This is actually a John Martyn composition. 

Martyn and Nick Drake were contemporaries, and borrowed liberally from each other.

What was that Picasso line?  "Good artists borrow.  Great artists steal."

 
Thanks for pointing that out, a lot of people are not aware of that quote or its meaning.
 Keef wrote:
...Thanks RP for introducing me to the album and to John Martyn.
 
Yes, thank you!
 Somaosteo wrote:
Radio paradise introduces me to songs that I would not usually come across. Like this one. Thanks for a great product Bill.

 
 

Agreed - have been really enjoying various favourite tracks on the playlist this evening  - -  had never heard this before but quite enjoyed!
Radio paradise introduces me to songs that I would not usually come across. Like this one. Thanks for a great product Bill.

 
Beautiful vocals...I'm rather enjoying this!
The whole tribute album is excellent.  Thanks RP for introducing me to the album and to John Martyn.
Like an aged whiskey...this is a beaut.
Long time listener of John, this rendition chilled me to the bone, bravo Beck.
This has gone from 7 to 8 very quickly.  I'm intrigued to hear the original.
Very good stuff.
Every time I hear this it makes me pay attention; I like it more and more at each listening, too!
this song has crept up on me - like it a lot and especially with Beck's voice
 ziakut wrote:
Once again a certain RP listener has acquired the attention he hoped to get by making ludicrous statements. Just listen to the effin' music...and shut up! Really like this tune by the way, no matter what religious beliefs the artist may have.
 
Seconded. Anyway, a cult's a cult, whether 'established' or not. Plus the godsquad sure have produced some damn fine music over the decades, indeed centuries.
I hear a Moody Blues vibe here.  Maybe its that mellotron.
 keller1 wrote:
I rarely buy an entire album any more, but I can highly recommend this one.

Nearly every track is a classic.

Achingly beautiful from beginning to end.
 
Thank you!   Exactly what I wanted to know.
Beck meets Martyn and the result predictably is very cool
Once again a certain RP listener has acquired the attention he hoped to get by making ludicrous statements. Just listen to the effin' music...and shut up! Really like this tune by the way, no matter what religious beliefs the artist may have.

 
This song is fantastic. Who should get the credit? John Martyn? Beck? I suppose both.
 Randomax wrote:
Ok - I'm convinced!  I'M BUYING THIS ENTIRE ALBUM!  Thanks Bill....for an album that would mostly go unheard....where the heck you gonna hear this?
 
{#Yes}  YES! Fabulous track and I'm sure the album would have escaped my notice if not for RP.

 Sasha2001 wrote:
Beck being a Scientologist doesn't bother me as much as Beck borrowing liberally from Nick Drake on this track bothers me.
 

This is actually a John Martyn composition. 

Martyn and Nick Drake were contemporaries, and borrowed liberally from each other.

What was that Picasso line?  "Good artists borrow.  Great artists steal."

What a beautiful blending of guitar & piano!  And nice vocals too.


excellent...

 
 phlattop wrote:
Good cover. Can we please leave the religious discussion out of this? Please?
 
Yes, I myself, always make a point of keeping an artist's personal life and their music separate.  I would like to hear John Martyn's version of this piece, but this is a very nice cover, and I like a lot of what I hear from Beck.  This song seems almost to have been made for him.



Everybody in my hotel room loves this cover...

 

Good cover. Can we please leave the religious discussion out of this? Please?
Beck being a Scientologist doesn't bother me as much as Beck borrowing liberally from Nick Drake on this track bothers me. Scientology is really less of a religion than an organisation that provides anonymity and runs protection for it's celebrity followers. There's an excellent piece in The New Yorker that came out last winter outlining all of this.

Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology : The New Yorker
Feb 14, 2011
Usually not so fond of Beck, but I love this !
never would have guessed that this is beck. love it.
 Stingray wrote:
BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)
 

Thanks for that. Nothing's changed. The song's not bad though.
 Stingray wrote:
BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)
 

There are Mormons out there too. Could they be one of the same?
 Stingray wrote:
BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)
 
Wacky beliefs is not a reason as others have posted.

I'd be more concerned with how they abuse their members:
https://exscientologykids.com/lily.html

 Stingray wrote:
BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)
 
So I definitely don't agree with his religious views, but no one has ever asked me to.  I do enjoy his music, though.

(Has there been a new law enacted that requires us to agree with the religious views of the artists whose music we enjoy?)

 Stingray wrote:
BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)
 
A lot of other artists played on RP are CHRISTIANS!!!
(those who believe the world and everything in it was created during a 7 day period that occurred 6 THOUSAND years ago)

point?


Hmmm, reminds me of solo Justin Hayward of the Moodies - the Blue Jays project??  Pretty nice!
 Stingray wrote:
BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)
 
Is there a point to your comment, other than to prove that you remain a complete imbecile?

BECK IS A SCIENTOLOGIST!

(those who believe the world was "made" 14 TRILLION years ago)



This cover is soooo good for the ears...
 


I rarely buy an entire album any more, but I can highly recommend this one.

Nearly every track is a classic.

Achingly beautiful from beginning to end.


 black321 wrote:
I like Deep Purple's version better {#Wink}
 

THEN GO LISTEN TO IT !!!!!
Had to have a look because it reminded me of Nick Drake (the Bryter Layter period, to be more precise). Than I saw the artist's name. And the title, which evokes Michael Moorcock to me, and of course BÖC.

And then I saw it's all meant as a tribute to John Martyn.

Man!

Edit: Long live RP!

 black321 wrote:
I like Deep Purple's version better {#Wink}
 
{#Lol}
Ok - I'm convinced!  I'M BUYING THIS ENTIRE ALBUM!  Thanks Bill....for an album that would mostly go unheard....where the heck you gonna hear this?
I like Deep Purple's version better {#Wink}
she never looked around to see me...she never looked around at all....

sounds a little like a tribute to the moody blues
 sirdroseph wrote:
First, I am a huge Beck fan. This one is just not making it for me.{#No}
 
Second, I'm not that huge a Beck fan. But this one is just making it for me {#Yes}

I love old John Martyn and I usually like Beck, but I'm not sure about this one. Still, I'm curious about this tribute album to an overlooked musician.
First, I am a huge Beck fan. This one is just not making it for me.{#No}
funny how anything Beck does just *grabs* you. I was casually not listening when this song came on.
I am listening now..
good. v good.