John Martyn: Heart On The Rocks With A Twist

Gene Santoro
Guitar World Vol 7 #1

The long, sustained note curls loops over a reggae-flavored Linndrum, a fat-toned bass and floating synth voices. Augmented by delay and overdrive, the note burns toward feedback as John Martyn, eyes closed, sways feelingly onstage at New York's Bottom Line, then steps to the mick to propel the lyrics with his soulful, breathy tenor. After 18 years as a performer and a dozen lp's to his credit, Martyn still digs deep inside himself to find the spontaneous sounds that express his very personal vision.

Confessions of a Romantic

Brett Milano
Boston Globe

It's not easy being a confirmed romantic, says British songwriter John Martyn. "I probably reveal too much of self when I write a song. It gets embarrassing when I meet people from the audience, because they know more about me than I know about myself."

Chicago, Tuts (1983)

21 May 1983

Duration: 61 min 55sec

01 Sundays Child
02 Amsterdam
03 Call Me Crazy
04 Couldn't Love You More
05 Make No Mistake
06 Sweet Little Mystery
07 Bless The Weather
08 Dealer (leads straight into Outside In)
09 Outside In
10 Easy Blues (Jelly Roll Baker)
11 Johnny Too Bad

John Martyn - guitar, vocals
Alan Thomson - bass, synthesiser
Jeff Allen - drums
Philentropy-like atmosphere


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