Sublimely angelic, heroically profane, John Martyn won hordes of admirers for his elliptical songs and echoplexed guitar. Many of them pay tribute over these two discs, from Phil Collins to Snow Patrol to Beck. Vashti Bunyan and Beth Orton offer two generations’ take on spectral folk; Skye Edwards brings trip-hop majesty to “Solid Air”. Robert Smith finds the lost Cure song inside “Small Hours”.

Various Artists

Johnny Boy Would Love This

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