One World - Island ILPS 9492

26 Nov 1977
Music Week
coverJOHN MARTYN. John's remarkable talents have already claimed a special place in British music. And that's not mere hyperbole; his nine albums, stretching back to 1968, provide extraordinary evidence of his skills as a vocalist, musician and songwriter. The DEFINITIVE John Martyn album, however, will be in your shops very soon.

Called ONE WORLD, the album is his finest achievement to date. It defies simple categorisation, although John's unique musical style embraces the emotional depth of the blues with the lyrical sensitivity of folk music and, yes, the improvisational qualities of jazz. Such tracks as COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE and DEALER, for instance, are among the finest songs John has ever written. And BIG MUFF -co-written in partnership with legendary reggae producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry- is a tour-de-force of John's immaculate musicianship. ONE WORLD is John's first studio album for nearly three years, and his first to be produced by Chris Blackwell. File under Important.

This review was printed in Music Week of 26 November 1977. Material dug up by Rob Jarvis.

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