STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20753- LABEL: Epic 4730164 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Marketed simultaneously into mainstream record shops and Christian bookshops they've decided to package Martyn's first studio album for Epic 'Being There' as a bonus when you buy the recorded-live-in-concert 'Undrugged'. I question the wisdom of this particular strategy. For a start nine of the songs Martyn sings live are also on 'Being There'. Secondly, I don't think 'Undrugged' has the passionate intensity of his previous live album 'An Aching And A Longing' (he does a version of the title song of that on 'Undrugged' too). I would certainly recommend this package if you've yet to purchase 'Being There', it's a mature, mellow, acoustic orientated album from a thoughtful songwriting craftsman. But if you've already bought it you could miss this unless you're a devoted Joseph fan/album completist.
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