John Martyn ‎– One World

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The two mixes:
On first release the album had two quite different mixdowns. They are often referred to as the 'UK' and the 'US' mixes although the reality is slightly more complex:
Mix #1) known as the 'US Mix' appeared on the original US, Canadian and Italian vinyl pressings.
Mix #2) known as the 'UK Mix' appeared on all other UK and European vinyl pressings.

The differences are often subtle but all tracks differ in some way. There is an entirely different drum track on 'Big Muff'. 'One World' features no scat vocals from Martyn on the intro on the US Mix. Elswhere the mixes feature different instrumentation levels, such as a very different emphasis on the percussion on 'Certain Surprise', L-R positioning such as the drums on the US Mix version of 'Dancing' being mostly in the right channel, central on the UK Mix, equalization where every track has differences with the same applying also to levels of reverb and echo.
Overall track times also differ. Most notably the US Mix version of 'Dancing' runs 3:55 while the UK Mix version runs 3:46 and 'Big Muff' runs 6:15 and 6:28 respectively.
The US Mix was not issued on CD until the 'Deluxe Version' 2 CD set in 2004
There is no release which states anywhere on the packaging which mix is used.
US Mix versions of 'Dancing', 'Sweet Certain Surprise' and 'Dealer' appeared on 'The Electric John Martyn' compilation in 1982 and the US Mix version of 'Big Muff' also appeared on the B side of the 12" Single 'Johnny Too Bad' in the UK in 1977.

The running order:
It remains unclear how this was intended to be released. On the rear of the LP sleeve the first track A1 is "Couldn't Love You More". But for some reason many issues have a reversed tracklist. Side A actually being Side B. Other issues have changed / reversed label colour sides. Usual "Day & Night" labels became "Night & Day".

"The sleeve of One World was completed before the album was delivered, hence the odd running order on the back of the sleeve, with the sides in reverse order. For years, many loved the album beginning with Couldn’t Love You More and ending with Big Muff." http://www.johnmartyn.com/sleeve-notes/one-world-deluxe-edition/

Nevertheless all CD issues have "Dealer" as first track.

To distinguish between UK releases with Cat. No. IMCD 86 (842 555-2)
One World glass mastered at Nimbus
One World made by PDO, UK
One World made by EDC, Germany
One World made by PMDC, France
One World made by Sony DADC

Tracklist

Couldn't Love You More 3:00
Certain Surprise 3:48
Dancing 3:41
Small Hours 8:40
Dealer 4:55
One World 4:03
Smiling Stranger 3:26
Big Muff 6:25

Versions (44)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, Day) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ZCI 9492 John Martyn One World(Cass, Album) Island Records ZCI 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 19492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 19492 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9492 US 1977 Sell This Version
L-36457, ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records L-36457, ILPS 9492 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9492 US 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, Bla) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, Day) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, M/Print, ✱) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, Nig) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
L 36457, ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records L 36457, ILPS 9492 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, Rev) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, TP) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, ✱) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, ✱) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK 1977 Sell This Version
Y8I-9492 John Martyn One World(8-Trk, Album) Island Records Y8I-9492 US 1978 Sell This Version
25.537-H John Martyn One World(LP) Island Records 25.537-H Spain 1978 Sell This Version
25.537-I John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records 25.537-I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9492 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
25 537 I John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records 25 537 I Spain 1978 Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RP, Rev) Island Records ILPS 9492 US 1978 Sell This Version
25.537-I John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 25.537-I Spain 1979 Sell This Version
25.537-I John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 25.537-I Spain 1981 Sell This Version
C 19065 John Martyn One World(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records C 19065 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9492 UK 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9492 UK 1986 Sell This Version
207 971 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 207 971 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9492 UK 1986 Sell This Version
842 555-2, CID 9492 John Martyn One World(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 842 555-2, CID 9492 UK 1990 Sell This Version
842 555-2, IMCD 86 John Martyn One World(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Masters 842 555-2, IMCD 86 UK 1990 Sell This Version
842 555-2, IMCD 86 John Martyn One World(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Masters 842 555-2, IMCD 86 UK 1990 Sell This Version
981 922-2 John Martyn One World (CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx) Island Records 981 922-2 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
478 527-9 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 478 527-9 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
478 527-9 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE, RM) Island Records 478 527-9 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
981 922-2 John Martyn One World (CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx) Island Records 981 922-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
981 922-2 John Martyn One World (CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx, Dig) Island Records 981 922-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 86 John Martyn One World(CD, Album, RE) Island Records IMCD 86 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
842 555-2, IMCD 86 John Martyn One World(CD, Album, RE, RP) Island Records, Island Masters 842 555-2, IMCD 86 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
842 555-2, IMCD 86 John Martyn One World(CD, Album, RE, RP) Island Records, Island Masters 842 555-2, IMCD 86 Unknown Sell This Version
ICM 9492 John Martyn One World(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ICM 9492 UK Unknown Sell This Version
9123 027 John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records 9123 027 France Unknown Sell This Version
25.537 I, 25 537-I John Martyn One World(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 25.537 I, 25 537-I Spain Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RE, ✱) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9492 John Martyn One World(LP, Album, RP, Bub) Island Records ILPS 9492 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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natgale

natgale

July 19, 2020
referencing One World, CD, Album, RE, RP, 842 555-2, IMCD 86

This is a really nice album to play in the background, it's extremely chilled out and very cool. John was good friends with Nick Drake and this album sounds very similar to some of his work. The album was also recorded during the early hours of the morning, recording outside sometimes, capturing the ambience of the outside. This is a smart little album, made by a smart little hippy.

Stand Out Tracks: One World, Couldn't Love you More & Small Hours
Turtlenews

Turtlenews

July 9, 2020
referencing One World, LP, Album, Bla, ILPS 9492

Shouldn't this pressing be a US one instead of UK?
curtisryan9

curtisryan9

February 24, 2020
referencing One World , CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx, 981 922-2

This is the only CD of this album you can get that contains the US mix.
timtom

timtom

August 25, 2018
referencing One World, LP, Album, RE, 478 527-9
Much better (at least for me !), U.K. MIX HERE. Top quality, very clean sounding vinyl and great, great pressing. Sounds so much better than 2CD Deluxe Edition, that comes with US mix. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)
curtisryan9

curtisryan9

July 5, 2018
referencing One World, CD, Album, RE, 842 555-2, IMCD 86
My copy is literally pure bronze coloured, yet it plays perfectly - its made by PDO, disc rot??
disionity

disionity

April 10, 2018
referencing One World, LP, Album, RE, 478 527-9
I can confirm this pressing does in fact, use the U.K. mix and tracklisting, as evidenced by the scatting present at the beginning of One World.
jolyon

jolyon

September 9, 2017
referencing One World, LP, Album, RE, ILPM 9492
The tracks are in a different order to the way they appear on the label
barnettiuk

barnettiuk

August 19, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
referencing One World, LP, Album, Day, ILPS 9492
First UK press has sides in reverse order to subsequent pressings, i.e. A side starts with Couldn't Love You More, B side with Dealer.
funkdok

funkdok

February 23, 2017
referencing One World, LP, Album, RE, 478 527-9

Does anyone know if this reissue has the UK mix (as heard on all UK versions of the album, including the 2004 CD RE), or the different mix heard on US pressings?
bigmikeydread

bigmikeydread

January 14, 2017
referencing One World, LP, Album, RE, 478 527-9

Lovely clean, 185grm pressing. Good sound. And just a fabulous Lp. Worth having for the era defining 'Small Hours' alone.