John Martyn Keeping Everything A Lot Less Rigid

Richard Howell
Time Out
..... and talking to Richard Howell

Unless you happen to frequent folk clubs, there are only two reasons for your having heard of John Martyn: Stormbringer and Road To Ruin. Both albums were made in conjunction with his wife Beverley. They were produced by Joe Boyd, arranged by Paul Harris and engineered by John Wood, which does little to explain their importance.

John and Beverley Martyn

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JOE BOYD has been responsible for bringing to our attention a number of brilliant musicians. People don't talk much about 'discovering' artists these days, but that's what Boyd did for the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention. His latest venture has been to produce the first album by John and Beverley Martyn, Stormbringer!, a record which has been hailed by the discerning as one of the best to emerge this year.

Top Gear

4 Apr 1970

John & Beverley recorded two tracks from Stormbringer for Top Gear: Road To Ruin and Traffic-Light Lady.
The recording took place at the BBC Studio, London 23 March 1970 and the songs were broadcast on Top Gear on the 4th of April.

Both tracks were released on vinyl by the BBC Transcription Service: Top Of The Pops - 284 (week 18).
Road To Ruin lasts 3:21,
Traffic-Light Lady 3:15.

One week later, Traffic-Light Lady was included in another copy of the transcription series: Pick Of The Pops For Your D.J. - 284 (week 19).

In 2013 both tracks were included in The Island Years box set.


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