John Martyn

Bless the Weather

(Island 9311)

1971

John Martyn

So Far So Good [1971 - 1975]

Island Records 9484 (1977)

**** recommended

Coming out of the innovative folk from the British Isles in the late 60s, this Scottish musician was perhaps the first white artist to sign with independent label Island Records.


This 1977 anthology houses cuts from the previous Island albums (1971 - 1975) and concludes with a rocking live cut from Martyn's self-released Live at Leeds (1975).  Other than the instrumental "Glistening Glyndebourne," the album features vocal cuts by Martyn.  Likely bassist Danny Thompson (Pentangle) plays on all the dates, and two of the cuts from 1975 feature guitarist Paul Kossoff.


This collection provides an excellent overview of the Island years and showcases Martyn's skills as a songwriter and a guitarist. The cuts are all teasers, informing the listeners of the quality of this artist's work, and likely causing most to seek out each and every one of the Martyn albums from Island Records.


​-- winch



John Martyn
Live At Leeds

1975

John Martyn

John Martyn
Solid Air
(Island 9325)
1973

John Martyn

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