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Old 01-29-2009, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RT.ie Entertainment: Music legend John Martyn dies, 60

I've never listened to much of his stuff myself, but I know we have some fans here.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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jackhammer must be heartbroken.

great musician, great songwriter.

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Old 01-29-2009, 03:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Another of the greats gone! That's what I hate about getting older --- you end up having to watch all your heroes die.
RIP John, you won't be forgotten...
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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jackhammer must be heartbroken.

great musician, great songwriter.

Agreed. He will be missed.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am utterly devastated. Very rarely has anybody's music truly touched me. Martyn's music may never have set the world on fire but it some of the most searingly honest and emotional music that I have ever heard. A man who lived life to the absolute full and who has battled drug addiction and alcoholism, yet never hid the fact or admitted weakness.

The singer, who took to performing in a wheelchair, told Q Magazine he had no regrets.

"If I could control myself more, I think the music would be much less interesting," he said.

"I'd probably be a great deal richer but I'd have had far less fun and I'd be making really dull music."


May you rest in peace big man. I feel as though I have lost a friend.


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Old 01-30-2009, 06:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I can't say I own any of his music, but I do know he was one of the true greats. You will be missed - may you rest in peace.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't want to know about evil, I only want to know about love...


My fanboyism is well documented here but it really does seem that many of you have not heard this fantastic artist, so I have put together a compilation for the thread. Many people don't realise that he wrote all his own music and played many instruments. He was extremely influential in the burgeoning London Folk scene in the late 60's where he gained a reputation as one of the best acoustic guitar players around. Even his electric playing is brilliant and the last two mellow tracks showcase his talent.

He always embraced different musical styles and that included Folk, Blues, Funk, Jazz and even Trip Hop. If you have ever loved someone truly then listen to 'Hurt In Your Heart' and experience an artist writing a song begging for his estranged wife to come back to him. David Gilmour was a massive fan and I do have a track of them performing together and over the last few years he has collaborated with artists such as Talvin singh and Faithless.

1. Go Easy
2. One World
3. Bless The Weather
4. Ghosts
5. Looking On
6. Cool In This Life
7. Cobbles
8. Hurt In Your Heart
9. My Creator
10. Head and Heart
11. Go down Easy
12. Small Hours
13. Glistening Glydenbourne.

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Old 01-30-2009, 06:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, I have never listened to this guy, but I'll give this a go. Thanks.

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Old 01-30-2009, 06:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I had heard that he passed away but, I had no idea who he was. Thanks for posting that video Jackhammer what album is that off of?
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That is from Solid Air but the arrangement is completely different. The original is mainly acoustic.
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