John Martyn recorded nothing after One World for two years. He had apparently gotten pretty deeply into drugs including alcohol. So as his marriage to singer-songwriter Beverley Martyn was crumbling, he went back into the studio to record probably his most personal album, Grace and Danger.
The style of the album continues his evolution into jazz and pop. He fronts a quartet featuring veteran musicians Tommy Eyre, John Giblin, and Phil Collins (before anyone really knew who he was). It’s great music, but I have to admit to preferring his earlier work. I just love him on the acoustic guitar. But this is “Some People Are Crazy,” which speaks to me of a certain paranoia and feelings of being judged. It’s quite beautiful, of course.