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Solid Air

John Martyn

1973

Solid Air

Album Summary

Solid Air is the fourth studio album by British folk singer-songwriter John Martyn, released in February 1973 by Island Records.

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Rating

3.24

Votes

4720

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Pop
  • Singer Songwriter
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This is like a Bob Ross painting without Bob Ross.

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The term oxymoron was first used in the 1657 apparently. Over 300 years later, John Martyn attempted to kill it softly with the bland and boring title track to "Solid Air." As the album opened, and "Solid Air" dragged on for over 5 minutes, I worried I wouldn't be able to make it through this album. My intense apathy towards the song nearly made me let out a silent scream, and it made me wish I'd started the album in a random order. But the only choice was to press on, hoping for a minor miracle to end the sweet misery (in my unbiased opinion). Luckily, "Over the Hill" quickly picked up the pace. And there was plenty more interesting to come after that. If I had skipped "Solid Air" and took a big toke when the second track started, I think it would have really hit me mid-way through the controlled chaos that is "I'd Rather Be the Devil." Folk, psychedelic rock, jazz, and blues, and more all come together with uneven results, making for what is perhaps undeniably an interesting listen. I went from * after the first track, then see-sawed back-and-forth repeatedly, briefly considering a ****. In the end, my only choice was to split the difference and stick with ***.

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Never heard anything off this before. Not really my cup of tea, reminds me of music a yuppie couple would have sex to. Stand out track I don't want to know about evil

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Day 139: John Martyn - Solid Air (1973) First impressions: I absolutely loathe John Martyn's singing. His mumbling, slurred delivery is like drunk easy listening baby talk. One thing I do like is the organic, tactile feel of the standup bass, guitar, and Fender Rhodes accompaniment. Unusual for this kind of music, the musicians were given the basic outlines of the tunes and they just improvised the rest. There are no arrangements as such. Okay, that was just the first song, Solid Air. With Over the Hill, the style completely changes. This is more or less straight ahead folk-pop, and reasonably pleasing. Martyn drops the grotesque vocal affections from the first tune. The interaction between the mandolin and guitar on this tune gives it a driving quality. The third tune, Don't Want To Know, starts out with just a guitar and Fender Rhodes and is then joined by drums. One of the things I like about this album is that Martyn gives a lot of attention to rhythm. A lot of folk feels inert. Not this. There is a constant tug between the instruments to create a groove. It isn't danceable, but it has real energy. Oh no! On I'd Rather Be The Devil, Martyn reverts to baby talk. This must be his "jazz" voice or something. It ruins an otherwise fine track, which adds elements of rock, a smidgeon of funk, and even a soupcon of psychedelia! Again, I appreciate the organic, tactile feel that the band pulls off. I really enjoyed the extended instrumental coda of I'd Rather Be The Devil. Ugh! With Go Down Easy, we once again get Martyn's "jazz" voice. Okay, this album is a real mixed bag. John Martyn, obviously inspired by jazz, went for an improvisatory feel on this album, along with some traditional jazz instrumentation, which pays off handsomely. The instrumental textures on this album have a real richness. This goes a long way, as the songs themselves are no big deal. Unfortunately, Martyn was inspired to adjust his voice for the more jazz inspired tunes, which is a disaster. So, you have an album which is musically pleasant more often than not, but with lead vocals that range from so-so to vile. 2/5

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I hadn't heard of this artist or any of his songs, and I didn't know what to expect when I clicked on the album to play it. Some interesting stuff here. Quite a variety of styles. Not interested enough to come back to for me, but it wasn't bad.

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Delightful. Flows beautifully between singing and playing. The guitar is the right amount of percussive. Martyn's voice is unique and captivating and like another instrument.

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I had heard his name - mainly in association with other folkies from his era (Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, Nick Drake, etc), but I don’t think I’d ever heard his music. This is an absolutely unique, strange, and fascinating listen. A crazy mix of straightforward, earnest folk music and MUCH more experimental stuff. Acoustic backslap guitar, pronounced jazz-like bass, saxophone, off-kilter beats/drums, odd instrumentation (did I hear a dijereedoo in there?) and borderline stream of consciousness slippery/mumbled lyrics that play along with the music. I could listen to this all day long. I’m going to dig into the rest of his catalog.

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- personally biased, this is 100% my jam. - unexpected jazz/blues elements with modern folk stylistics - suprising, polished and confident.

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Not a single disharmony nor jilt on the whole album. Probably one of the best discoveries for me so far

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The overall ambience and mood achieved on ‘Solid Air’ is quite incredible. It’s smoky, intimate folk rock, with a strong jazz influence and dub elements, where the space between the grooves is just as important as the actual music. It’s a record you can almost dance to in parts, as well as nod your head to, and it’s definitely one for the stoners.

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Not bad but I think I would have liked it more without vocals. He sounds like me mumble singing to myself walking to the car or something

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Fairly dull, slurry folk

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Didn't get much out of this some of the music was fine, he seemed drunk, some of the vocals were a bit mumbled/slurred in parts which was distracting. 2*

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This album is all over the place. He mumbles so badly at times that I can’t tell what is being said. There are several instances where I dig what is going on. Overall, I’m turning this album off.

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Listened to this about a week ago but forgot to write the review. I can hardly remember anything about it - which tells you something... What I do remember: the singer mumbles a lot - didn't care for his delivery. Seemed like he was trying a bit too hard to sound like somebody else. Otherwise, kinda boring. Not bad or offensive. Some likable songs. But mostly just kinda meh.

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Solid Trash

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Álbum incrível. Já virou um clássico para mim. Acompanhar as letras transforma a experiência. Destaque: Solid Air, Don't Wanna Know e May You Never

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Profundo e com forte potencial terapêutico. Super original e diferente de tudo o que já ouvi. Ainda sim, com sons familiares e que me agradaram logo de cara. Ouvir mais e mais vezes

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Fantástico.

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A new favorite. Atmospheric, serious but makes you want to be in the crowd to jam along. Folksy and Jazzy with experimental effects and smoky vocals

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Cool, chill, jazzy

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Amazing album, great mix of folk and jazz. First track i wasn't big on but the rest of the album was solid

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'May You Never‘ hatte ich im Frühjahr (2021) gehört, weil im 1001albums-subreddit darauf verwiesen wurde, mich dann aber nicht mit Martyn beschäftigt, den ich vorher nicht kannte. Freund von Nick Drake, eine gewisse musikalische Ähnlichkeit ist unverkennbar und deshalb gefällt mir das wohl auch so gut (btw: ich hoffe, Drake ist in dieser Liste). Dieses Album ist großartig, Perlen wie diese sind der Grund, dass ich dieser Liste weiterhin folge. "it's a classic with not a note out of place" sagt BBC Music und trifft damit den Nagel auf den Kopf.

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5

I discovered John Martyn a good while ago through Beck covering him on a live in studio radio appearance. Later Spotify allowed me to explore his entire catalog and I was fairly obsessed with him for a while. I like nearly all of his 70s and 80s material. This album isn't my absolute favorite of his but is sort of his breakthrough and definitely a great album. The only track that doesn't fit the "night music" mood that he captures so well is the second track "over the hill" with the folksier sound of the mandolin that turns me off a bit. If you removed that track I think this would be a perfect album for me. I'm typically not a huge folk fan but I love his unique way of blending it with jazz and other elements. He maintains such a seductively subdued mood that I find hypnotic.

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Geweldig yeah

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Very enjoyable. His voice is a bit nostalgic and pleasant, same can be said for the music itself. Could see myself listening to this album again. I might be making it a bit easy to impress me now but I’m giving this a 5/5 too.

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Love this! Never heard of this guy, but he's incredible. Not necessarily a unique voice, but his singing is amazing. Guitar is awesome and love the jazzy vibes/ blues/folk mix going on. Love the double bass and strings in some songs too. Pretty crazy mix of stuff going on, but it works and listens super nice I think.

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Cantautor setentero, del rollo de Nick Drake. Sin dejar de lado el folk acostumbrado, sustenta las canciones en su guitarra y en su magnífica voz, destacando también el uso mágico del teclado que hace así como el free jazz en que derivan muchos temas. Magnífico descubrimiento.

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Wow, what a great little album. Entirely too short.

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Amazing. Way ahead of its time as far as 70s folk goes. Fantastic production, well balanced instrumentation. Loved it.

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Short and sweet. Good jams to work to

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Bought it!

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5

This is really amazing folk/jazz with some nice lyrics.

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it was jazzy and catchy and super sick. man in the station was one of my favorite songs, it was great

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5

Loooove this album. So mellow. Just glorious. Fave track - "Solid Air" has long been a fave. "I'd Rather Be The Devil" gets an honourable mention too...

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I was truly expecting to dislike this (English folk music??) but it’s actually great. The melodies are great and this isn’t like folk music I was expecting.

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Really good!

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Loved it.

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Top Picks: Solid Air and I Don't Wanna Know. Love love love this album! one of my all time favourites. First 5 stars I've given

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Yndisleg plata

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291121 10:37 4.5

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Dig this - Don't want to know

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It’s some good Brit pop. And has “there she goes” on it.

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Very cool album I’d never heard before. You can definitely hear the roots of rock/jazz/singer-songwriters like John Mayer and Jack Johnson in here.

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John Prine-y vibe. Nice lyrics. Felt like an album you would play to soundtrack your road trip.

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But I can tell you it’s hard to hide When you’re living on solid air

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5

For me it is the definitive John Martyn album.

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Genius. Been one of my favourite albums since I first heard it in the '80s and it still sounds wonderful.

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Enjoyed this alot

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This is the first John Martyn album I bought, possibly a year after it came out. I got it out of a delete bin for 50 cents. People who know me well get tired of me saying it's the best 50 cents I ever spent. He was an incredibly talented guitarist/singer/songwriter who effortlessly mastered any number of styles - folk, rock, blues, jazz, reggae and who knows what else. This is still possibly my favorite of his albums. Sadly he wasted his talent due to alcohol and substance abuse and his later stuff never worked nearly as well.

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4.5/5. Very interesting ideas for the time on a lot of these songs, and good variety

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Superrbly beautiful album from start to finish. Second John Martyn album I've had on here and a very happy discovery.

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I had no idea what I was putting on when I started this. The first song (“Solid Air”) had me thinking jazz album. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the vocal delivery. The second song (“Over The Hill”) had me thinking bluegrass undertones. The third song (“Don’t Want To Know”) was back on the jazzier side. The fourth song (“I’d Rather Be The Devil”) becomes decidedly more funky… Turns out this is a very interesting and diverse British folk album from the 70s. The first time through I was intrigued if a little confused. On the second listen I locked in and fell in love with Solid Air and its very chill vibe. Martyn’s vocals really started to appeal to me. I really love the vibe and the instruments… a super nice experience. Not only a nice addition to better round out my musical tastes, but something I will enjoy hearing again and again. Some of my immediate favorites: Solid Air (so atmospheric!), Over The Hill (so down homey!), Dreams By The Sea (so funky!), May You Never (so uplifting), The Man in the Station (lovely with just a touch of drama)

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Really found this Blum layered smoothly like a bob ross painting. It was expediently crafted by someone who knows their craft. Could listen to it again and again

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5/3 groove

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In love, just wow. Bathing in that thick solid air

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what a beautiful album I listened to the full 2.5hr deluxe edition and loved every second just all around amazing - 10/10

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I own this album - one of my top favourite musicians ever.

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I like this. A lot. As I was listening, I kept saying to myself "Self, says I, this cat sounds like a slightly more rocking Nick Drake". Come to find out from the Apple Music album notes that the two were buddies, and that the first track was written for Nick. After I patted myself on the back for my musical acumen, I listened to the album again (for the record, I did not do this with Napalm Death). I have a thing for music that makes me feel like I'm watching a late-night talk show in the 80s - you know, some family members are visiting, you're sleeping on the couch, and all of a sudden there's a whole world of post-10pm culture that opens up. Like my favorite photographs, I don't know exactly how to define it, but I know it when I see (hear) it. The songs "Carriage" by the Counting Crows, most early John Mayer, but "Clarity" in particular, "Circles" by Post Malone, "Magic" by Coldplay, "#41" by DMB...you get the idea. They should preferably have horns (you can just imagine Paul Shaffer and the Late Night orchestra stepping in), be restrained and sound like driving late at night. But it's also got some latent energy to it - like you know these dudes could bust out and rock if they wanted to, but it's 11:43pm on a Wednesday, they're hanging with Letterman, and just want to ride the vibe of night in NYC. That's what most of this album sounds like to me - the jam busts through from time to time, but mostly it's late, I'm on the couch, and all is right with the world...

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Fajny blusik

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Whattawow

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Surprisingly great folk album with some psychedelic elements

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Not half bad! A precursor to soft folk rock singer songwriters like Jack Johnson and Citizen Cope. Something I could see myself coming back to.

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Great album that is genre bending and never boring. Dilling into folk, pop, rock, jazz, blues and doing it all great

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Sweet marriage of folk and jazz.

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Sweet bass

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very very good

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Folk to funk to folk.

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Very nice. Kind of cozy and relaxing.

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Rich sound- both guitar and voice. I liked the 5 songs I listened to. Would listen again. Didn’t feel dated.

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Não é muito bom, mas eu gostei. Tem clima de surf rock.

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Dreams by the Sea feels like I'm in the start of Dirty Harry. Dripping with 70s cop movie. Liked it way more on the second listen.

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Hella funky. Great album.

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Great introduction to John Martyn, I will definitely be adding him to my rotation. Excellent guitar and good ambient sounds mixed with folky tunes/lyrics. Highlights: -Over The Hill -Go Down Easy -The Easy Blues

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Very nice.

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surprisingly pleasant for music that is not my style

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I feel mixed about this album. I mostly like it, but there’s stuff that sort of annoys me on it, like I can only understand what he’s saying about half the time.

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4

Wide-ranging and really interesting listen throughout. Reminiscent of Nick Drake, but more ambitious and harder hitting.

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holy crap this album came out of left field and i loved it! the soothing songs mixed with the longing, hard-to-swallow and well crafted lyrics and composition made for an amazing listen.

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Good vibes. Bounces between acoustic blues to funky jazz. Deff an album I would throw on for certain moods.

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Really cool album. Slick folk guitar and interesting vocals. 8/10

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Folksy Nick Drake Vibes Bluesy, jazzy, folksy in parts. Upbeat but sad.

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Gritty and moody. Really vibe-y album that is worth another listen to. Especially ‘The Easy Blues’ and ‘Go Down Easy’

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Really enjoyed

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Liked it.

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Solid album. Fantastic acoustic guitar playing. He plays it almost like it’s a percussion instrument. I enjoyed the double bass on the album and the overall production. Good album!

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1973, folk Rock, folk Jazz, folk, Chilliger vibe, paar Lieder die eher einen traurigen klang haben sind einfach banger

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Very mellow. Enjoyed listening to this. Like a male Joni Mitchel at times.

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Folk-rock-jazz.

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Guter Typ der seine zwischen verschlafenerer Melancholie und barbituratiger Verwaschenheit unentschlossene Stimme über psych-jazzige Stücke auslegt, wie der Dude seinen Teppich. Ein vergleichbar freier, kauziger Geselle könnte in Ryley Walker gefunden sein, dessen Kombo ebenfalls aus der Jazz Szene zusammengesucht ist und dem Sound eine handmade Wärme verpasst. 4.2

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Surprisingly good. Listen again

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First time listen and a really surprisingly enjoyable one. Will listen again.

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I loved that I'd never even heard of this guy and he's soo talented! Good first listen, hope the rest of the albums are as good.😊

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This is smooth as hell. John Martyn has a voice that makes this record so crisp, it's hard not to enjoy it. Also comes with interesting and varied instrumentals that keeps things fresh. Solid record.

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I can only describe this as psychedelic country/folk music. He has such an interesting way of playing guitar, but it makes it very worth listening to. I loved this album!

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Over the hill is a club masher. Good vibe, but feel like I prefer other JM. Going to investigate ****

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Enjoyed this very much!

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Great album. Martyn has nice voice. Good lyrics.

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is good

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My dad brought this to my attention last year. Folk rock is not really my thing, but damn this is quality. He has a deep, smooth, sometimes almost slurred voice. The music is clean and detailed folk rock, with some strong touches of blues. Tracklist is slightly weird, as it feels the first side is folky and the flipside is more rock. I'm not a fan of that division. The whole thing has aged really well! Sounds fresh as the day it was bottled. 4/5

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Não é muito a minha vibe, mas havia músicas excelentes, destaco o Don't Want to Know. Não tenho muito a dizer é o que é, um álbum com uma vibe de jazz e rock bastante agradável. Nota:7/10

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Smooooth! Love Solid air, dreams by the sea, Easy blues, solid air, over the hill, and don't want to know. I give it a 9/10. Tons of genres explored on this album, which keeps it fresh. I can hear some similarities with Nick Drake, but this is way better. This probably deserves to be a household name. It's not really my genre, but I have grown to respect it after about 4 listens through the album.

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Sonido jazz , y guitarra acústica me gusto

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Smooth and great!

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Infesting album. Lots of rhythm and blues based music. Straight up blues along with music that sounds more like Jim Croce. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I

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some brilliant songs, and varies from track to track, no two sound the same.

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Two songs to this never heard before album or artist; I LOVE his jazzy voice and arrangements. Great, percussive guitar playing. Really enjoying this first listen.

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Heel afwisselend album, met hier en daar wat mosterd voor o.a. Bon Iver. Ik vond het een leuke verrassing, en eentje om te onthouden, maar net geen 5/5 waard

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Great sound

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Definite traces of Nick Drake and Richard Thompson with lilts of jazz.

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Great little find. Wonderfully sung, great songs and great vibe

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Cool album. Warm, summery vibes, surprisingly jazzy and soulful. Beautiful guitar work. I love Martyn's voice. Spotify had recommended "The Man in the Station" to me before, which I enjoyed, but I hadn't taken the time to explore him further. So glad I had the opportunity to hear more today. Fave songs: The Man in the Station, Don't Want to Know, May You Never

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Big fan of this one!! Bring more like this!

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May you never, great tune - album is solid! Will be looking for this guy to add to the collection!

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True Rating: 83/100

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Again slow music, but good!

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Initially thought this was a bit pedestrian, but as the songs progressed, I got more into it. On the second listen, I could appreciate the musicianship more (especially the jazzy elements), even got used to the voice and really enjoyed the album overall.

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Hadn't listened to this album for years and had low expectations but after some repeated listening could appreciate it much more now. Thank you 1001albumsgenerator :-)

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Non conoscevo John Martyn manco di nome. L'ascolto è stato interessante e ho trovato il suo stile davvero personale e avanti coi tempi. L'uso che fa della voce potrebbe forse stancare ma io l'ho trovato invece interessante e abbastanza originale, alla fine va un po' in direzione Tom Waits ma con una vena più blues e meno sbroccata. Per me è un 3.75 però me s'è incastrato il dito sul 4.

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Sounds low key and mellow what i want today.

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The first track is very moody, as a tribute to Nick Drake should be. I like the breathy sax solo and the spacey electric piano (throughout). Overall, I prefer the moody and introspective folk numbers. When he kicks it up, the instrumentation is great but his voice, to me, is better suited to mellower tracks. Eric Clapton and Beth Orton covering a couple of these songs says a lot about his composing skills.

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Such a beautiful album, but "I'd rather be the devil" is two songs ... That didn't have to be on the album at all imo. "Over The Hill" is the perfect song to leave work to! "Don't Wanna Know" is so chill. "May You Never" is probably the best song on the album, but I'd gotten familiar with "The Man In The Station" some time ago, and I absolutely love that too. Almost a 5'er, if two songs weren't included. 4/5

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jazzy and quiet title track. over the hill is a cool song. strange cover of devil got my woman, interesting. some songs kind of like nick drake, with some stangely funky and atmospheric, interesting, may take more listens. The easy blues is nice

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This was very pleasant. Enjoyed it.

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Had not heard of this guy. This was a cool, soulful album, and ai really enjoyed it.

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3.5.....4 or 5 good tracks ...from the past May you never lay...

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Loved this one, wow! Same vein as Nick Drake was my first thought, and cool to hear he dedicated at least one track on here to Nick. Love the quieter tunes, especially opening the album. Also cool that he explored some jazzy/bluesy territory, but all in the singer-songwriter style. Might be lame to say, but this is a great album to put on and just catch a vibe. I'm very into this project. Favorite tracks: Solid Air, Over the Hill, May You Never, The Man in the Station, Gentle Blues. Album art: Really awesome cover. I feel like I've seen this before, but not sure. Love the simplicity of it, and the art is just really fascinating. Apparently an image meant to demonstrate that air is, in a sense, solid. Hell yeah. 4.5/5

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Bon Iver che entra in un saloon e si mette al piano. Non sparategli! Perfetto sottofondo, tutto l'album

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Folk-rock-jazz.

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Low-key vibes and songs that draw you in, even on the first listen. A clear outlier in the singer/songwriter genre, at times recalling the jazzier phrasing of Joni Mitchell. A solid listen that has me interested in exploring more of his catalog.

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Really nice. Guitar focused so that immediately grabs my ear. I thought the whole album flowed well and blanketed the ear nicely.

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Solid Air: is he drunk?!

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Never heard of John Martyn before. Nice relaxing folk album, great for a quiet night. This is going on my replay list.

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This is the kind of jazz influence I can dig. I'm a fan of folk/singer-songwriter in general, and this album really hit the spot for me personally.

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Great

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Sounded like a lot of different genres rolled into one. I had never heard of him before, but this was definitely pleasant to listen to. Nothing really stood out, but overall I liked the album. First song was probably my favorite - Solid Air.

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Oh, now this was really good - smokey jazzy bluesy - right up my street - a couple of tracks added to the favourites list

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Trippy, bluesy, spacey, raw vocals loved it.

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One of those artists I've head mentioned many times over the years, but never listened to.

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Possible John Martyn's best album?

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Proper lovely, diverse and interesting album. A bit jazzy, a bit folky, a whole lot nice

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Solid and chill. Totally lovely

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Really enjoyed this!! Felt a bit slow at first but picked up around 3 songs in and then I was IN! I'd Rather Be The Devil was a highlight, also liked the way he sings in Go Down Easy

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I really enjoyed this one. There was some other John Martyn album earlier in the list that I listened to and didn't care for, but this one was great!

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Ah nyt on herkkää. Hienosti siirrytään isosta tunteesta pieneen ilmaisuun. Go Down Easy kaunis värssy. 4/5

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Okei. Kansikuvan perusteella odotin jotain full scifi-syntikkameininkiä, että siinä oli heti lievä pettymys. Sitten heti ensivaikutelmana hidastemposta valittavaa mies-ja-kitaramusaa ja vielä ärsyttävällä lauluäänellä, niin suhtauduin kyllä aika nuivasti. Mutta lopulta kuitenkin lämpenin tälle fiilistelylle, ja oikeestaan tykkäsin aika paljon. Lämmin ja miellyttävä kitarasaundi ja paikoin tosi meneviä ja tarttuviakin biisejä.

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4

Solid 4.

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I prefer the unplugged songs. Makes me wonder myself enjoying the sunset at some nice place.

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4

calm, need to listen again in a different mood

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Soulful blues, this is good depression muzak.

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4

Nice and relaxed, with some catchy melodies and interesting production. I liked it a good deal, but my man sounds absolutely zooted out of his gourd half the time lol

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4

Lovely (except the first track, a real mumble fest)

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Ended up with this mainly as background music. Enjoyed it and may need to get hold of it.

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4

Belle découverte, certaines chansons ont une esthétique atemporelle ; elles auraient pu sortir aujourd'hui.

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Heard this a lot as a kid at home. Happy trip down memory lane

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At first I thought this was going to be an annoying 70s folk, singer/songwriter thing but it turned out to be a really interesting mix of folk, jazz, funk, blues. I've never heard of this guy but glad I got this album

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Ovo je stvarno zanimljiv, ležeran i dobar album. Takve kombinacije su me baš ugodno iznenadile i sviđa mi se. Kombinacija folka, đeza i bluza strpanom u 35min ljepote. Stvarno zaslužena četvorka i drago mi je da je kvalitetan album obilježio 365. album.

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Proljetni za proljeće. Sretna godina dana ❤️

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Pretty good singer-songwriter fair. I like the wide range of influences and styles but also the consistent dreamy quality and undertones.

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4

Thoroughly enjoyable album. Like a more-accessible Nick Drake meets Jonathan Edwards, both of whom I enjoy quite a bit. It's simple in one sense; acoustic guitar, Rhodes piano, bass, some drums, vocals. But for every nice simple tune like "May You Never" there's quiet jazz like "Solid Air" and spacious and anticipatory latter part of "I'd Rather Be the Devil" - the other standout is "Over The Hill" The album ends a little weakly with a few straight blues tunes... "The Easy Blues" wouldn't be a favourite of mine with the affected blues vocals but the great acoustic playing overrides it and makes it a good listen. Still, it is more diverse than I'd expected and all in a nice and tidy 34 minutes. 7/10 4 stars.

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An album to listen to after an all night party, you're having a night cap and the sun is just beginning to come up. Just great. Best Tracks: Solid Air; Over the Hill; May You Never

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Throughly enjoyed this, weired in places but incredible in others

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This music is executed very well. John Martyn is exceptionally musically literate and manages to bring together folk, jazz, and soul into one coherent whole. Incredibly, his playing and song structures reflect an incredibly nuanced understanding of his music works such that it doesn’t sound like he’s just adding jazz flourishes for color, he understands what he’s doing and why it works. The vocal delivery is reminiscent of Nick Drake and overall this music is identifiable at the outset as part of the British folk movement

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Never even heard of this guy before, can't believe that, this was more than a folk record. I loved it.

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Mama said finish your British jazz folk before you eat your dessert and I said fill me up mommy

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4

This was a grower

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Love it. Jazz, Blues, and Folk make a mix of great sounding music that I’m surprised isn’t more common. Very chill easy listening album. this album is great cover to cover.

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4

riktigt starkt!

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Solid selection! Though different from, it would fit well in a listening party with Steely Dan and Neil Young, maybe Allman Brothers Band. Unhurried, soulful, unique.

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pretty nice discovery

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4

Love this album. Mood, feel, sound, all great. A few songs are auto skips for me though so not a 5 star record. The good bits are still great though.

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Previous to this listen I only knew JM from the Church with One Bell covers album. His cover of Portishead is transcendent. This album is dynamic, arty, folky, a little druggy… I’m all about it! Solid 4.5 stars! Rounding down because I heard Nick Drake in my late teens/early twenties, so the laws of imprinting mean his albums get the round up.

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4

A delightful album, moody and captivating, there is something very satisfying hearing his vocals and guitar together. Jazzy, folky, sometimes a bit rocky.

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This is possibly the most laid-back album I have ever heard. Smooth, jazzy, mellow without being mere wallpaper. The mixture of jazz, folk, blues and a little bit of rock is wonderful. I knew the title track already, but was surprised at how much each song has its own identity. I listened to this three times through in a trot. This goes onto my want list. Was it massively influential? Possibly not, but a great, great record.

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I have never heard John Martyn before but really liked it. Very chill. Super relaxing.

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Yo this was cool. Weird story about the song solid air, too. Will listen again.

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Interesting, parts reminded me of Gomez

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This is a great album, John Martyn is an artist in the true sense of the word, painting lyrical pictures with his voice and his use of, then, Hi-Tech equipment. I love the stories about John and Danny Thompson and there antics when on benders, but more than that I love the chemistry they have on this record. Guitar and Double Bass in synchronicity like I have never heard before. I love the eclectic nature of this album, from complete folkiness to the soul inspired Dreams by the sea. Favourites on this are "Solid Air" "Go Down Easy" "Dreams By The Sea" and of course the classic, and probably John's signature track "May You Never"

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Really enjoyed it.

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I genuinely enjoyed the funk and groove in this album. There was enough to keep me interested and excited to come back for more. The first track is odd with the slurred vocals, but the rest of it really slaps.

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I grew up listening to a lot of 70’s albums in this psychedelic/jazz/folk fusion kind of style so this felt very much like a warm hug. I can totally see this not being everyone’s cup of tea, and the mumbling was a little ridiculous at times. But overall I loved this album and am so excited to tell my dad about it (I’m sure he’s already familiar!).

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S'écoute bien, un bon son et une bonne ambiance.

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Wanted to give it 3.5 but since that doesn’t exist, I’ll give it 4. Very unique sound and flow to the album that had me entranced. Very cool!

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4

Jack johnson, Dat chu??

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4

Interesting... reminds me of Nick Drake.

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This was new to me. Definitely heard the influence of Nick Drake in early tracks. But then I might've mistaken Dreams By the Sea for Isaac Hayes or Curtis Mayfield. Nice mixture of sounds. Solidly enjoyable.

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On first listen, I gave the album an "okay". There was definitely enough there to compel me to listen again, and it grew on me. I liked the variety of song styles, and it ended at a "good" for my rating.

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It took me a time to really warm up to this album, but I did. It has a nice variety of easygoing sounds in different genres: folky, bluesy, funky. Good stuff.

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4

Mellow Moodz

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Never heard of John Martyn. Great voice... Nice and Chill. Really good album added my playlist.

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4

has a few hidden gems: don't wanna know, dreams by the sea, the main in the station. 7/10 empassionate, gritty

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Quite a comforting route down the ever expanding worldview of one John Martyn. With this listen, I can see what the fuss is all about whenever this record was concerned and its dive into proto-dub experimentation is an all together worthwhile experience. Solid, indeed. Favorites: Solid Air, Over the Hill, Don't Want to Know, Go Down Easy, Dreams by the Sea, May You Never, I'd Rather Be the Devil (Devil Got My Woman) - Live.

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A very impressive album — I love how it transforms from seductive psychedelic music to mellow folk-rock to Doors-y hard blues to jazz. Very cool for a folk rock album to be so dynamic and eclectic. Highlights: “Solid Air,” “Go Down Easy,” “Dreams By the Sea”

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Nice soothing sounds. Enjoyable album

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I liked these chill vibes. Really pleasant for driving around and doing housework, which is what I was doing as I listened to this. Probably wouldn’t listen again but I liked this.

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Love this Album, added it to my favorites.

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Really enjoyed this album, listened to it 3 times and added a few songs to a playlist.

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I hadn’t heard any John Martyn before and wow, this album is incredible. I’d immediately made comparisons to Nick Drake before reading that he and Martyn were friends and Solid Air was written as a warning and homage to Drake who sadly died 18 months after release. I’d Rather Be The Devil (a Skip James cover) evokes the grittiness of Nick Cave which I love. My only gripe is this track goes on probably 2:30 too long with an instrumental. Also not massive on the sax solo on Dreams By The Sea though the rest of the song is great. Highlights: Solid Air, Over The Hill, Don’t Want To Know, I’d Rather Be The Devil, Dreams By The Sea, The Man In The Station Were it not for the 2 gripes listed above I’d have given this 5/5. I’ll be looking for this record on vinyl

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I've never heard this but really enjoyed most of the album. I will definitely check out more John Martyn. Thanks 1001 Album Generator

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Pretty good I liked it

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