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John Martyn | Solid Air

Date: 
25 May 2009
Written by: 
John Hillarby

Thirty six years later and it's still perfect!

Emotionally intense and hauntingly beautiful Solid Air encapsulates almost every musical genre with ease and accomplishment. The songs are beautifully crafted fusions of blues, country, folk, jazz and rock with dazzlingly innovative guitar and dreamy evocative vocals from John in a seascape of exquisite flowing musicianship.

No Little Boy [remastered]

Date: 
3 Mar 2008
Written by: 
John Hillarby

"I don't like B string," 1 John chuckles at the beginning of a delightful rendition of Solid Air. No Little Boy was released in July 1993 with contributions from Levon Helm of The Band, Phil Collins, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Andy Sheppard amongst others. The journey to produce No Little Boy was fraught with difficulties. John and producer Jim Tullio were working on the album in Chicago when Permanent Records released the session tapes as the album Couldn't Love You More (One World Records OW126CD) without John's knowledge! Naturally he was furious, "I had no idea they were going to release that. They had the tapes and I was in America and when I came back the next thing I knew it was out!" Some of the songs from Couldn't Love You More were omitted, new ones recorded and others remixed! Those that remain were completely overhauled and the end result is an evocatively beautiful, atmospheric and exuberant album, much more recognisable as John Martyn work than Couldn't Love You More.

Live re-mastered

Date: 
4 Feb 2008
Written by: 
John Hillarby

Every John Martyn gig is a special and unpredictable experience! Even the band doesn't always know what John will do next! John often 'goes with the flow' changing the set list, the tempo of songs, improvising lyrics and guitar solos as he absorbs the electrically charged atmosphere and engages in banter with an appreciative audience.

Related to: 

The Battle Of Medway, July 17 1973

Date: 
1 Nov 2007
Written by: 
Colin Harper

John Martyn
The Battle Of Medway
July 17 1973

"There's a question mark over whether I'm sober enough to play anything," said John, with a hint of humour and a hint of being mildly pissed off. "There's seems to have been a lot of killing time." He wasn't wrong on the last point, but he was, of course, only teasing on the first.
The late Geoff Harden's Medway Folk Centre in Kent, a weekly affair at Medway's Old Ash Tree pub, had been very lucky to get the man at all - with regulars asking for ages, Geoff had tried in vain to pin down a date. In the event, John, living down the road in Hastings at the time, had finally agreed to come along as a last-minute fill in for somebody else who'd had to cancel at short notice. But Geoff's problems were far from over.

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