Natural Martyn

Edward Jones
Melody Maker

SEAGULLS are soaring on the rising air currents from the sea. Sparrows and yellowhammers are chirruping in the undergrowth. The sun beats down. And John Martyn walks beside the sheer white cliffs at Hastings, where he lives.

Croydon, Fairfield Halls, 25 May 1975

7 Jun 1975
New Musical Express
Rod McShane

John Martyn

THERE AREN'T many musicians who can carry off a set barely ninety minutes long, almost thirty of them between-numbers chat, without leaving an audience feeling short-changed. Martyn's Croydon concert did, and managed much more. It was one of the most completely satisfying gigs I've attended in a long time.

Sunday's Child - Island ILPS 9296

1 Apr 1975
[Geoff Barton]

John Martyn: imaginative electric guitar

John Martyn: Sunday's Child (Island)

The success of John Martyn's latest album and of his recent U.K. tour have been two of the most hopeful aspects of British rock in the first part of 1975. For years John had been an artist consigned to the obscurism of folk clubs and the modesty of second on the bill of a larger concert. But Martyn has stuck to his task, built a following through graft and a series of fine albums of which Sunday's Child is the latest and, in Britain, most successful.

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London, Imperial College, 1 Mar 1975

15 Mar 1975
New Musical Express
Chris Salewicz

John Martyn


Yes, that's right. 'Koss' turned up for the final couple of numbers. But there had been ten John Martyn song workouts prior to that, you know, with his voice tumbling along like some kind of crazed tumbleweed and harmonizing with Danny Thompson's rolling stand-up bass and his own staccato guitar patterns.

Sunday's Child - Island ILPS 9296

1 Mar 1975
Zig Zag #50
Andy Childs

For me, the release of a new John Martyn album is always among the most noteworthy events of the year. The development of his music, its conception and execution, seems to be one of the most important and enjoyable trends in British music to emerge in the last five years, during which time he has eroded the somewhat superficial but steadfast barriers that divide folk and rock music, and produced records that have been brilliantly innovative and easily accessible.

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Sunday's Child

A Refusal To Sell Out

Jonathan Morrish
Let it Rock #27

A Refusal To Sell Out

Even though John Martyn has been around for some time now, there's still a boyishness in his laughter and a distinct lack of Rock-Star-Cool in his behaviour. His new album -his eighth- has an appropriate title, Sunday's Child.


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