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Clive Woodbridge Clive Woodbridge wrote on 09/10/2013 at 10:06:
Box set looks fantastic and just started listening to the glorious The River. Those first couple of albums have a wonderful innocence and musicality. A vinyl version of the whole set would be good.
A remastered version of Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac; a deluxe box set of Family albums and Tescos selling The Essential John Martyn ( a bit of trade description licence there) for £3. These are halcyon days for retro releases indeed.
bob seymour bob seymour wrote on 06/10/2013 at 14:53:
Excellent box set and a dazzling array of fabulous tracks. In fact everything you could ever want from JM in his musical prime.

The photo album is really nice too. One minor gripe (and it is only very minor) is that there aren't many indications on who's who, in the pictures.
John William Hardy Honner John William Hardy Honner wrote on 05/10/2013 at 19:22:
Does anyone know why they used an alternative take of The Easy Blues on Solid Air? The rest of the box set does not mess with the original albums- all alternatives/demos etc are bonus tracks....wonder why this one is different?
Martin Selway Martin Selway wrote on 04/10/2013 at 18:47:
An awesome collection of tracks, videos, photos and text - a wonderful tribute to John Martyn. The book is very well researched and illustrated with newspaper cuttings, posters, recording notes, graphics, etc. The grand collection of CD's is supplemented with numerous Previously Unreleased tracks, which are captivating and reveal a new "shade" of John Martyn.

The Island Years has been compiled and written with great dedication - thank you John Hillarby
Thierry O Thierry O wrote on 01/10/2013 at 10:48:
The Island Box set seems really very interesting but it's a little too expensive for me ! Anyway I already have all John Martyn cds including the deluxe editions... Who knows, maybe a budget edition will come with only the unreleased tracks in the future ?
John Manning John Manning wrote on 30/09/2013 at 20:54:
Received the box set this morning. Gob-smackingly deluxe! Worth its (hefty) weight and the audio (so far) sounds far out. Thank you, thank you for all your work on this… the big man will be grinning down from the Pearly Gates.
Hans Engstrom / Sweden Hans Engstrom / Sweden wrote on 06/09/2013 at 15:48:
Jepp, Have preorder the Island Years Box, feels good.
First time I heard JM was 30 years ago on a late night radio show, whent down to the local record store and ordered 7 records , got 5.
Still got them in my collection..old vinyl. Was at the Grace and Danger concert 2008 in Glasgow . Thanks JM, LOVE
Monica Bell Monica Bell wrote on 16/08/2013 at 05:40:
John is one person I wish I saw in concert. Love his music so much .
coolstream coolstream wrote on 28/07/2013 at 11:11:
I recently returned to St Andrews and went to a favourite pub from my student days, The Criterion (or The Crit as we knew it). In those days it was the nearest to a spit and sawdust pub I had ever known, but with a great mix of people (but not the place you would take a young lady to ). It is now clean and sophisticated and would definitely a place that would meet the approval of a female companion.
We sat and soaked up the atmosphere and secretly I also reminisced of Mal Reid my best friend and Jim the Porter from our hall of residence. It was a perfect combination of the old and new. If you didn't know the old, you would be perfectly content with where you were. It is also a geat place to house your memories and allow new ones to be spawned.
Coming back here for the first time in a few months, I am just as surprised and pleased to be here again. I must confess that I spent a long time flitting from page to page just to be sure that this was still associated with John Hillarby. Had I entered an alternative universe?
I am satisfied to see that I am not lost. I HAVE come home, it's just that just like The Crit, there has been major refurbishment. Using the pop-out media player (, I can now soak in the site with a perfect jukebox playing MY kind of music.
Yes, I have come home, and with the soundtrack of life playing in the background, I am spending the most perfect Sunday morning enjoying all that this new site has to offer.
I have a few questions though:
1 Will the old forum return to this site? The contributions were always a joy to read.
2 What happened to JH's plans to compile user's conributions of rare JM gems (of which I made a few contributions)? Did possible infractions and copyright issues make this a non-starter?
3 A suggestion. The audio jukebox provides a perfect introduction to the JM reportoire. Why isn't it given more prominence instead of being hidden away in the Multimedia section?
4 Were there ever any recordings made by JM of 'Tearing And Breaking'? As much as I like the versions done by Phil Collins, in my mind's ear I can hear JM singing it. I'd love to hear it in reality...

OK. Questions and suggestions over, I'm now off to explore more of the site. Thanks for keeping me on the mailing list and for informing me of the September release of the veritable treasure trove of additional JM material.
Thanks for keeping the site going, John. It is still one of favourite places on the www.

Dom Dom wrote on 26/06/2013 at 01:12:
McGeachy if you will or Martyn or Big John, whatever, the voice of the poet touches many a far corner, call himself Jack or Bill or Fred. To have reached with that poetry is the mark; that's how I know him.