Happy Birthday John

John would have been 69 today.

To celebrate John’s birthday spin your favourite disc! Always in our thoughts. One Day…

“The music is the cool bit.”

 

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Volker Bredebusch

It is hard to believe that it is one year since Volker passed away. We announced Volkers passing here-

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Volker Bredebusch, promoter, friend and perhaps most of all a massive fan of everything John Martyn!

Volker promoted and tour managed for John in Europe for many years and also recently helped Beverley by organising a tour of Germany. Volker had an infectious enthusiasm, a great sense of humour and an encyclopedic knowledge of music!

He had beaten cancer once but it returned early last year with a vengeance, “life brought another unexpected surprise at the very start of the new year, after a sudden thrombosis in my right leg I couldn’t move and finally at the hospital they found a tumor beside my liver. So after 7 years without, I’ve got the C Blues again, well well well,  I’m with the experts now in Essen and they’re known to be among the best in Germany for this. Let’s see what they can do, I will hold my head up high and keep on moving, hoping the slow train doesn’t come around the bend too soon..”

Volker lost his hard fought battle with cancer on 5th September 2016. Our thoughts are with his family, particularly Jürgen and his ‘almost family’ Ian. Rest in peace Volker.

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Volker

volker88It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Volker Bredebusch, promoter, friend and perhaps most of all a massive fan of everything John Martyn!

Volker promoted and tour managed for John in Europe for many years and also recently helped Beverley by organising a tour of Germany. Volker had an infectious enthusiasm, a great sense of humour and an encyclopedic knowledge of music!

He had beaten cancer once but it returned early last year with a vengeance, “life brought another unexpected surprise at the very start of the new year, after a sudden thrombosis in my right leg I couldn’t move and finally at the hospital they found a tumor beside my liver. So after 7 years without, I’ve got the C Blues again, well well well,  I’m with the experts now in Essen and they’re known to be among the best in Germany for this. Let’s see what they can do, I will hold my head up high and keep on moving, hoping the slow train doesn’t come around the bend too soon..”

Volker lost his hard fought battle with cancer on 5th September. Our thoughts are with his family, particularly Jürgen and his ‘almost family’ Ian. Rest in peace Volker.

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Eight Years

Eight years ago today (29th January 2009) the world lost the most innovative singer-songwriter and guitarist it had ever known.

John’s passing was announced to the world here on his website, “With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning.”

We are fortunate to have the wonderful legacy of music that John left us. On this, the eighth anniversary of his passing, our hearts reach out to John’s family and loved ones. We all miss ‘Our John’, in our own personal way, but their loss is so much greater than ours.

Be still, be still inside your heart
Try forever, just try…
Be sweet forever
Forget me never
You know the Lord is true.

Raise a glass to ‘Our John’, put your favourite album on and celebrate “the cool bit” – the music.

I don’t want to know about evil, only want to know about love.

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68 today!

John would have been 68 today (11th September). Happy birthday John!

Our love and best wishes to you and your loved ones. Not one day passes without you in our thoughts. We miss you, we miss our friend, but we are fortunate to have the wonderful legacy of music that you left us. John shared his life with us through his music, the ups and the downs, we miss you and we miss your gigs! Bristol 2004 Photo: Tim Dickeson

Celebrate John Martyn Mojo August 2013John’s life, music and legacy by spinning your favourite disc and raising a glass to the inimitable John!

 

 

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Solid Air Vinyl (Half-Speed Master)

Universal Music have announced that Solid Air will be released on audiophile quality vinyl on 15 April 2016.

Solid Air Web Half SpeedUnlike previous re-issues the album has been cut at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios. This technique results in the very highest quality sound reproduction.

The process involves the original 1/4 inch studio master tape being played back at precisely half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is similarly turned at half the desired playback speed. This allows the cutting head twice the time to cut the intricate groove, affording considerably more accuracy with important matters such as frequency extremes and micro-dynamic contrasts. The resulting cuts have excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images.

The superb vinyl is accompanied by a high quality reproduction of the original gatefold album sleeve. Further details in the discography section.

This release is available to pre-order directly from the Abbey Road Shop here.

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