So Far So Good (1977)
Released on 4th March 1977. This compilation album included a live version of I’d Rather Be The Devil. John disagreed with the choice of tracks but was too busy recording One World to get involved. The album sold well, earning John a Gold Disc, which he tried to smash on more than one occasion, in disgust ! Over The Hill / Head And Heart was released as a single on 25th February 1977. In an attempt to secure more air play for the single, a DJ Copy was recorded with the words ‘Sweet Cocaine’ being cut and replaced with ‘Dry Champagne.’
On 20th February John had apparently broken the box office record at New Victoria Theatre with over 500 people standing !
So Far So Good, “…marks the end of his first decade as a professional musician, and spans his eight album career with Island.” (NME 1977)
“I sincerely believe there isn’t a singer/songwriter that can hold a candle to him in terms of innovation and imagination.” (John Hamblett NME 24/2/77)
John toured extensively in 1977.
- May You Never (J. Martyn)
- Bless The Weather (J. Martyn)
- Head And Heart (J. Martyn)
- Over The Hill (J. Martyn)
- Spencer The Rover (Traditional arranged by J. Martyn)
- Glistening Glyndebourne (J. Martyn)
- Solid Air (J. Martyn)
- One Day Without You (J. Martyn)
- I’d Rather Be The Devil (live) (Skip James)