John and Beverley Martyn

Beat Instrumental #85

JOE BOYD has been responsible for bringing to our attention a number of brilliant musicians. People don't talk much about 'discovering' artists these days, but that's what Boyd did for the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention. His latest venture has been to produce the first album by John and Beverley Martyn, Stormbringer!, a record which has been hailed by the discerning as one of the best to emerge this year.

Top Gear

4 Apr 1970

John & Beverley recorded two tracks from Stormbringer for Top Gear: Road To Ruin and Traffic-Light Lady.
The recording took place at the BBC Studio, London 23 March 1970 and the songs were broadcast on Top Gear on the 4th of April.

Both tracks were released on vinyl by the BBC Transcription Service: Top Of The Pops - 284 (week 18).
Road To Ruin lasts 3:21,
Traffic-Light Lady 3:15.

One week later, Traffic-Light Lady was included in another copy of the transcription series: Pick Of The Pops For Your D.J. - 284 (week 19).

In 2013 both tracks were included in The Island Years box set.

Stormbringer! - Island ILPS 9113

1 Mar 1970
Record Song Book

Some time ago we were mightily impressed with an album called The Tumbler by a Glasgow-born folksinger/ guitarist named JOHN MARTYN. John, a quiet sensitive boy, wrote gentle songs of love and birds, flowers and trees, and he sang them to his guitar as he travelled the country. Then he met Beverley who came from Coventry and who also sang pretty songs. They fell in love, married, and now they're making music together. All of which brings us to this new album Stormbringer on Island ILPS 9113. It's by John and Beverley and it's an attention-grabber from beginning to end.

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