London Conversation Review

Mojo September 2014London Conversation Vinyl Release 21st July 2014.

Beginners, please.

A teenage greenhorn lays the foundation of Island’s folk-rock village. By Jim Irvin.

Debut albums can be a mixed blessing, perhaps a tentative wave hello, a flood of suppressed creative outpourings, or a clearing house for childish guff. They’re most fascinating when they wrong-foot posterity. Who could have extrapolated Radiohead’s In Rainbows from Pablo Honey or Tom Waits’ Mule Variations from Closing Time? Solidly in that subset lies John Martyn’s London Conversation, now back on vinyl (Universal ***). ILP 952, issued in October 1967, was the first release on the new pink Island label, marking the company’s shift from its reggae origins. It’s a jejeune thing – cut, so they say, in a couple of evenings for £158 – that bears almost no resemblance to his mature work, not in the sound or swing of the playing, the tone of his voice or the acuity of the writing. And the whiff of childish guff is strong on opening song

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London Conversation Vinyl Reissue

London Conversation Vinyl 2014Universal Music have announced that John’s first album London Conversation will be re-released on 180 gram high quality vinyl.

The album has been re-mastered from the original analogue studio tapes by Paschal Byrne of The Audio Archiving Company. The artwork is a faithful reproduction of the original release.

Release date is 21st July 2014. Pre-order here!

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New Old Gig Review – Eric’s Liverpool 1977

Sounds 19March 1977Folk’s answer to Ted Nugent? John Martyn: If he’s too loud then you’re too old!

FOR THOSE of you who do not know, let me merely say this: John Martyn is Britain’s number one singer/songwriter. Absolutely. Without doubt. His fine, unique vocals excellently complement his subtle blend of guitar pyrotechnics. You heard correctly – pyrotechnics! (And if any of you Ted Nugent/Buck Dharma/Ace Frehley fans wanna argue, come right up!).

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Well Kept Secret (Remastered And Expanded)

Well Kept Secret is to be re-released by Cherry Red Records in remastered and expanded form with two bonus songs and enhanced artwork. Revised release date is 14th July 2014.

Well Kept SecretAvailable to pre-order now and here is the full tracklisting is-

  1. Could’ve Been Me (J. Martyn)
  2. You Might Need A Man (J. Martyn)
  3. Hung Up (J. Martyn)
  4. Gun Money (J. Martyn)
  5. Never Let Me Go (Joe Scott)
  6. Love Up (J. Martyn)
  7. Changes Her Mind (J. Martyn)
  8. Hiss On The Tape (J. Martyn)
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Well Kept SecretWe have 5 copies of the newly remastered and expanded Well Kept Secret CD to give away courtesy of Esoteric Records! To win your copy just answer the following questions -

1. Who was the producer of Well Kept Secret?

2. In which year was the album originally released?

3. Who played guest saxophone on Never Let Me Go?


Philippe Brach from Montreal,  Andrew Beacham from Gloucester,  Lawrence Guy Martin from Tunbridge Wells, Akis Tsengelidis from Drama (Greece) and Stephen Ambrose from Downham Market.

Congratultations to you all, your CD should be with you soon!


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Solid Air e-book

Solid Air ebookRichard Connor has recently completed his first e-book ‘Solid Air: an in-depth look at the classic album by John Martyn’ and it is available now here.

Richard explores each of the songs on Solid Air and a few more along the way! He provides his own interpretation and thoughts on the album, whilst also sharing his journey to write and publish his book. An entertaining read!


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Record Store Day – May You Never Single

Universal Music are pressing an exclusive 7-inch vinyl single release for Record Store Day 2014!

RSD MYN SinglePackaged in its own picture sleeve the A-side is the very rare and highly collectable band version of John’s much loved song May You Never, originally released as a single in November 1971 (see discography entry) and on the B-side there is an alternate take of May You Never that features ex-Free guitarist Paul Kossoff on guitar, previously unavailable on vinyl!

The single will be available exclusively from participating stores on Saturday 19th April 2014.


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