Glorious Fool is a 1981 studio album by musician John Martyn. After a long association with Island Records, this was Martyn's first of two albums for WEA. The album was produced by Phil Collins and engineered by Nick Launay and Steve Travell. The album is named for the title track satirizing Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House as the 40th U.S. President.

Glorious Fool
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1981
RecordedThe Townhouse, London
GenreFolk, blues
Length55:16 [1]
ProducerPhil Collins
John Martyn chronology
Grace and Danger
Glorious Fool
Well Kept Secret
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Melody Maker(favourable) [2]

Opening track "Couldn't Love You More" is a re-worked arrangement of the song that originally appeared on 1977's One World. The original acoustic version is here re-recorded as a full-band track, featuring a guest appearance from Eric Clapton. Clapton covered Martyn's "May You Never" on his 1977 album Slowhand. When Martyn was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Collins at the 2008 BBC Folk Awards, Clapton sent a message saying that he was "so far ahead of everything else it was inconceivable".[4] "Couldn't Love You More", in its various forms, remained a fixture of Martyn's live performances. Irish Musician Lisa Hannigan has described the song as one of her favourites, covering the song with Faultline in 2006.

In August 1981, "Please Fall In Love With Me"/"Don't You Go" was released as a single.

More mainstream in production compared to Martyn's previous albums, and helped by promotion in the way of a 32-date UK tour, Glorious Fool charted at #25 on its release.[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by John Martyn.

  1. "Couldn't Love You More" – 3:59
  2. "Amsterdam" – 5:27
  3. "Hold On To My Heart" – 4:39
  4. "Perfect Hustler"– 4:42
  5. "Hearts and Keys" – 7:33
  6. "Glorious Fool" – 4:58
  7. "Never Say Never" – 4:56
  8. "Pascanel (Get Back Home)" – 3:48
  9. "Didn't Do That" – 4:20
  10. "Please Fall in Love With Me" – 6:07
  11. "Don't You Go" – 4:43


  • Nick Launay - engineer
  • Steve Travell - assistant engineer


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  2. ^ Steve Sutherland (1981-09-19). "Glorious Fool - WEA K99178 | Big Muff". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  3. ^ Graham Lock (1981-10-10). "Glorious Fool - WEA K99178 | Big Muff". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  4. ^ "John Martyn". Telegraph. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  5. ^ "1980s". John Martyn. Retrieved 2012-02-18.

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