John Martyn - Music Banter Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > The Music Forums > General Music
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-06-2022, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
Born to be mild
 
Trollheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 404 Not Found
Posts: 25,053
Default John Martyn

Anyone a fan? God I love this man. Sadly missed.





__________________
Trollheart: Signature-free since April 2018
Trollheart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2022, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
Exo
All day jazz and biscuits
 
Exo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 7,056
Default

Solid Air and Road to Ruin are great albums.
__________________
LastFM

SUPREME POO BAH MODERATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
Exo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2022, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Born to be mild
 
Trollheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 404 Not Found
Posts: 25,053
Default

I love Solid Air but I think his real classic is Glorious Fool.
__________________
Trollheart: Signature-free since April 2018
Trollheart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2022, 12:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
.
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 4,000
Default

Yup - a fan here too. Solid Air, yes, and maybe tied for
2nd place in my brain would be One World and Bless the Weather.
After his divorce from Beverley, it was unfortunately downhill from there.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by elphenor View Post
his posts always read like they were somehow typed in crayon
rostasi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2022, 03:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
Exo
All day jazz and biscuits
 
Exo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 7,056
Default

He had some real stinkers toward the end there.
__________________
LastFM

SUPREME POO BAH MODERATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
Exo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2022, 04:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
...here to hear...
 
Lisnaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: He lives on Love Street
Posts: 4,175
Default

Yep, if you started out like I did with his 1973 Solid Air album, everything else is likely to be a disappointment I think.

I went to see him a couple of times in London when Solid Air had given him a cult following with its "druggy" sound. At one concert in a small hall, everybody went in and sat on the floor: apart from outdoor festivals, I think that doesn't happen much, does it? It showed a kind of respectful approach to the music, I felt, and he didn't disappoint; he did a great job of recreating all those electronic effects on stage. Very much a one-man show, on another occasion he was pretty drunk and kept telling rambling stories between songs. After a while, one story went on so long, a guy shouted at him, "Play some music!", and when he did, the JM magic took hold; a note-perfect rendition of one of his classics.

As for later albums, I have Glasgow Walker(1999) but don't play it much. It has a couple of ok songs, but suffers imo because instead of one voice, one guitar, he is backed, or should I say swamped, by a four-piece band. His vocals, or the songs themselves, really aren't strong enough to carry that much extra weight.
__________________
"Am I enjoying this moment? I know of it and perhaps that is enough." - Sybille Bedford, 1953
Lisnaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2022, 07:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
Born to be mild
 
Trollheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 404 Not Found
Posts: 25,053
Default

I'm not familiar with his post-1990s material. I think the last album I heard was The Apprentice, which is 1990.
__________________
Trollheart: Signature-free since April 2018
Trollheart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2022, 02:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
jadis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2021
Location: dont ask
Posts: 804
Default

He really produced fascinating sounds


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvFMEiVX_Ck

I discovered him when YT recommended this RS cover to me years ago. A loving tribute, rendering Small Hours as more of a pop song

Quote:
“I first heard ‘Small Hours’ on the John Peel Show late in 1977 and fell instantly in love with it... ‘One World' very quickly became my favourite John Martyn album... And these beautiful songs were, are and always will be an inspiration and an enchantment.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l93fx-7kANE
jadis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2022 Advameg, Inc.