Two solo acoustric tracks recorded in BBC London studio.
How do you begin to describe a guitarist as sensitive and as accomplished as John Martyn?
Reviewing this sort of album is a bit like dissecting a meat pie after you've eaten it. I could resort to pages of pseudo intellectual wofflé, or I could do Charles Shaar Murray and wax effusively. The safest bet is to say that this album is superb, and Ain't No Saint and Make No Mistake sum the whole album up. There's some thing for everyone here. So this can't be bad at all.
John Martyn will talk about anything without the slightest provocation, except his music. He's suspicious of words.
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"I'm trying to pull electric music into acoustic and acoustic into electric," John Martyn told me earlier this year1. It's been said a million times before, easy words to find, but Martyn moves nearer to that end than any artist I've heard.
"I'M trying to pull electric into acoustic and acoustic into electric."
■ JOHN MARTYN (City University, London, Thursday): Part folk singer, part rock and roller, John Martyn will titillate your ear and give food to your soul. The rock musician's nightmare is an acoustic musician who has mastered the use of electric guitar playing.
BRONCO, headed out on their latest nationwide tour of mainly student centres, when they topped a bill at Leeds Polytechnic1 which proved a big artistic, if not quite a financial
This is an obscure performance and in fact probably the oldest TV recording made of John.
Artists listed are Bell & Arc, John Martyn.
Henry Pond reports: "I saw John on OGWT in a session which I think must have been earlier than the 13th March 73. He was playing solo, the tracks were Bless The Weather and (I'm guessing) Glistening Glyndebourne. I still have the (mono) cassette somewhere complete with background whistle where I recorded the program via microphone in front of the TV speaker."
Bless John Martyn. Here's an album to delight from one end to the other, and there's not a wet spot during it either. Except...