Okay, okay, I know John Martyn has been making music since the dawn of time and his albums always sell well, but that doesn't mean I have to like them.
It's a puzzle: why has singer/ guitarist John Martyn released almost the same album twice?
Couldn't Love You More, John Martyn, (Festival).
BLESSED with a deep and soulful voice, the Glaswegian guitarist-vocalist has been faulted in recent years for more style than substance.
From the first moments of the opening song, Lonely Love, Martyn achieves a seductive sound with a blend of majestic, husky vocal and lush backing including keyboard, saxophone, drum, congas backing.
John Martyn fans will probably be disappointed with this album. Joe Cocker fans, however, might think it's great. A famous Irish folkie who now has an English accent seems to have sold his soul for concert commercialism. It's very sad.
The Bottom Line:
Australian only rarity with double A-side.
Martyn's score for modernism
John Martyn celebrates 20 years as a professional musician with Piece By Piece, an album that is both contemporary and a showpiece for his instrumental vocals.
IT SO happens that Martyn has just released Sapphire (Island L38276), a self-produced, reggae-soaked album recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau.
John Martyn, 1983 style
"The first one's for you," John Martyn told the capacity audience at Her Majesty's Theatre on Tuesday as he ripped into a song which has become almost his signature tune, May You Never.
By LES GIESLER
DURING his tour here in 1977, critics could find few faults in the performances of Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist John Martyn.