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One World - Island ILPS 9492

24 Jan 1978
Gongster
Dave Belbin

MARTYN'S ONE WORLD

NOW this is a beauty. At first appearances, One World is not standard Martyn fare - glossy cover and a slick production job. But it's a very warm, full-sounding album, feels synonymous with an armchair before an open fire, somewhat stoned, keeping the cold winter at bay.

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John Martyn: Talking through Solid Air

Dave Belbin
Gongster

THE release of One World, coupled with John Martyn's second appearance in Nottingham this year, seemed good reason to renew a slight acquaintance with the man, by the way of an interview for this tome. Tempting as it is to devote the music pages' entire space to Mr Martyn, discretion prevails, so what follows is a match-of-the-day edited highlights, with commentary left to a minimum.

Martyn's Martin

Anonymous
Melody Maker

I SAW John Martyn on Sight And Sound In Concert1 and was amazed at the sounds he got from his acoustic guitar. What did he use to achieve these effects? If he used a special gadget, how does it work? – Neil Sutherland, Finchley, London N12.

This man is a walking, playing bag of his own

Chris Salewicz
New Musical Express

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"Actually," admits John Martyn, as he gives in to one of the great groundswells of spluttering, infectious laughter that carry along his speech, "I see myself as a dignified observer of the music business. I feel a bit like a voyeur sometimes. I just flit in and out. I really" -now he's offering great howls of very honest laughter- "don't want much to do with it."

One World – Island ILPS 9492

10 Dec 1977
Melody Maker
[Mark Prendergast]

Maybe it's simply the unique foggy voice, at its most hoarsely suggestive on Dealer, one of this new album's many compelling tracks; or just the man's awesome ability to trick out what are invariably simple songs with ravishing detail – as witness here Dancing, unfeignedly joyous and wrapped around a few brief guitar phrases.

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One World advert

10 Dec 1977
New Musical Express

This full page advert quotes two reviews, one from Melody Maker's Monty Smith (19 November) and one from Vivien Goldman (Sounds, 26 November). This places the earliest possible publishing date at 3 December.

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London, Rainbow Theatre, 21 Nov 1977

3 Dec 1977
New Musical Express
Steve Clarke

John Martyn
RAINBOW

PRESUMABLY, John Martyn, who's been around so long even his most devoted followers must take him for granted, doesn't give a monkey's toss about Making It In A Big Way, but there's still no excuses for the performer's lackadaisical attitude at the Rainbow last Monday.1
That the gig was still enjoyable, if hardly stimulating and occasionally dull (when Martyn, augmented by electric back-up, failed to extract any inspiration from his musicians on several pieces of rifferama), is a measure of Martyn's talent rather than his personality.

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