Label: Fly Records
Beverley Martyn was 18 and part of the British Folk scene when in 1966 she was the first artist to be signed to producer Denny Cordell’s production company, set up with music publisher David Platz. Denny assembled London’s elite session musicians – Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins, John Renbourn, Mike Lease, Alan White – who fuelled Beverley’s songs and also tackled some choice Blues covers (Me and My Gin; Stormy Monday Blues) adding a couple of Donovan songs in the mix too. Beverley’s cover of Randy Newman’s ‘Happy New Year’ was her and DERAM Record’s debut release but over the months of recording she and Cordell acrimoniously split over musical differences and sessions halted leaving the tapes were discarded. 50 years later Fly Records have unearthed the tapes and restored all the existing session tapes to create a representation of would/could have been her debut album - mixed in Denny’s favoured MONO. This special Record Store Day pressing exclusively features the DERAM logo which along with retro-tastic artwork give this album the feel and love it deserved but never received, until now.