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Live At Leeds (CD)

Date: 
1 Jan 1992
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Anonymous

Live At Leeds was originally released in 1976 as a limited edition of 10.000 copies. John Martyn produced, designed and marketed Live At Leeds purely by mail order from his home; he even sold the albums from his own front door. Each of the albums were numbered and personally signed. They quickly sold out and became collector's items.

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Live At Leeds (Cacophony vinyl)

Date: 
1 Jun 1987
Written by: 
Anonymous

Live At Leeds was sold in a strictly limited edition by mail order only in 1976. It has since become a collector's item not only for its rarity value but also because it records one of the high points of John Martyn's career as a performer with definitive versions of several of his greatest songs. This is the first time it has become available in over ten years. It remains an essential addition to any collection.

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John Martyn: In Vision 1973-1981

Date: 
1 Jan 1982
Written by: 
Mike Sparrow

John Martyn started his career as a highly accomplished young folkie on the Glasgow circuit. Elements of this background can be seen in his own sophisticated and somewhat wistful love songs 'May You Never' and 'One Day Without You' while John admits he discovered the haunting 'Spencer the Rover' thanks to colleague Barry Dransfield. On his earlier albums, too, Martyn often used Dransfield, Richard Thompson, and other luminaries from the electric folk/ rock circuit.

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Glorious Fool

Date: 
1 Sep 1981
Written by: 
John Martyn

Because of the increased interest in the ensemble, and therefore, naturality, in the gramophone records of its performances. Because of its creative problems. Style and mastery. Rich emotionality. We find it necessary to make a fresh production of records of collective songs such as is the present one. Along with records of new pieces. The record comprises the liveliest songs possible from the entire chorus repertory and partly that of the chamber groups and the orchestra. So that it can, to a certain degree, give the entire musical appearance of the ensemble. Forward - John Martyn.

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So Far So Good

Date: 
4 Mar 1977
Written by: 
Brian Blevins

Looking music, it is back over the past ten years of John Martyn's career in difficult to imagine him as an artist recording for any other label but Both Island. record company and musician have shared a solid streak of a quality which can only be described as 'maverick'. Spontaneity and an aptitude for taking risks have been the keystones of Martyn's character.

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Side A
Outside In 18:56
Solid Air 7:08
 
Side B
Make No Mistake 4:55
Bless The Weather 4:50
The Man In The Station 2:36
I'd Rather Be The Devil