Caught On The Hop

Incredibly it is 20 years since John released his album And. In this article Mark Cooper reviews the album and briefly interviews John.

Caught On The Hop

John Martyn, now label mate with Portishead, has been checking out the Chicago house scene, and revising his wardrobe. Mark Cooper salutes his return to eccentricity.

JOHN MARTYN – AND on Go! Discs
Martyn’s debut for Go! Discs home of Paul Weller, Portishead and Gabrielle.

AndOne of the great maverick stylists of  British music, John Martyn has been out on a limb in recent years, marooned first by some increasingly safe albums for Island in the mid ’80s and then by a deal with Permanent, who appeared to hide everything he recorded. Latterly, he seemed doomed to play out his middle age on an endless circuit of Britain’s town halls and arts centres, raging at his long suffering fans and churning out increasingly perfunctory readings of the likes of May You Never. Fortunately, Martyn’s finally been picked up by a label which fosters home grown talent, and promptly returned his best work in many a moon.

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Art Tribute

fullerwebThis beautiful four colour silk screen print of a hand drawn tribute to John by Fuller is printed on 410 gsm Somerset satin fine art paper.

Each copy is signed, numbered and stamped by Fuller.

Featuring gold this stunning print reveals new textures under different lighting conditions.

£25 of every print sale is officially donated to

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We Meet The Man Behind The Lens

Brian Cooke – we meet the man behind the lens of some of music’s most iconic images…

Brian CookeHe’s snapped them all, from The Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton. Matt Clark meets York’s top music photographer.

Thirty something years ago four men went to a London pizza parlour to chew over ideas for their client’s new emblem. By the time lunch was over they were in agreement, the scribbling on a paper napkin would be offered to Richard Branson. He loved it’s ‘in your face’ simplicity, attitude and energy. The famous Virgin logo was born.

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Promo Release For The Church With One Bell

Church Promo This new promotional release has been added to the Promo Section.

An Independiente Records full advance release of The Church With One Bell.

Printed plain white record company sleeve with silver inkjet printed CDR.

Produced in very small numbers and released in advance of the album around 1 February 1998.

 

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Solid Air Malt

The Story of Solid Air Malt

Solid Air MaltbI moved to Scotland in the year 2000. At the time my favourite malt whisky was 21 year old Springbank and all things Springbank were alright with me. One of the bottles I bought included an offer to invest in a cask of Springbank. I decided to see if my best friend Andy Miller would be interested in sharing the purchase. Andy and I are friends from school and best man at each other’s wedding etc. Taking account of cost and quantity, we signed up for a 50 Litre (11 gallon) first fill Oloroso sherry cask. The cask was actually filled in May 2001.

Our plan was to see it mature for at least 15 years if not 16, which would coincide with our 60th birthday year and we could then have it bottled for our respective retirements.

In early January 2009, I received a call from the distillery saying that due to the small cask size, an increased rate of evaporation had occurred. The alcohol level (ABV = alcohol by

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Promo Release for Late Night John

New promotional release for the promo section.

Released in early May 2004 in a printed plain white record company sleeve this advanced review copy of the Late Night John compilation was distributed for promotional purposes to music journalists. Produced in very limited numbers, this particular release was accompanied by a one page press release;

Late Night Promo“JOHN MARTYN
LATE NIGHT JOHN
10TH MAY 2004

CAT. NO. 9813651 BARCODE 0602498136515

Ballad Of An Elder Woman / Fly On Home / Parcels (John & Beverley Martyn) / Stormbringer (John & Beverley Martyn) / Bless The Weather / Head And Heart / Solid Air / Don’t Want To Know / So Much In Love With You / You Can Discover / Call Me Crazy / Small Hours / One World / Hurt In Your Heart / Angeline.

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Record Store Day – Cocain / London Conversation

John Martyn RSD (Front Cover)Cocain / London Conversation (Island Catalogue Number 472-010-5)

Universal Music have announced this 7 inch single of Cocain (the original song title as opposed to Cocaine) that will be released to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday 18th April 2015.

This single will be available exclusively from participating stores only.

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