Glasgow-born [sic], Martyn spent later 1960s building reputation on folk-circuit with albums like (1) and (2), before (3), recorded in the U.S. A. with members of The Band, brought him to wider attention. It also featured wife Beverley who appeared with Martyn on (4), before family duties necessitated leaving her husband to continue solo again.
(5) extended jazz-influence implicit in parts of (4), setting style which Martyn has developed closely since. (6) shows pattern emerging, built around repetitive hypnotic melodies and extraordinary use of acoustic guitar through echoplex, which finds total expression on (7).
With partner, bassist Danny Thompson, Martyn continues to gather following (particularly in States), although he's unlikely ever to achieve general popularity, particularly as he rejects all commercial devices in his work. (9) was indicative of his whole approach - a live album, available only on mail order from his home in Sussex. Fact that initial pressing of 10,000 quickly sold out is evidence of his staunch support.
(1) London Conversation (Island 1967) / (2) The Tumbler (Island 1968) / (3) Stormbringer! (Island 1970) / (4) The Road To Ruin (Island 1970) / (5) Bless The Weather (Island 1971) / (6) Solid Air (Island 1973) / (7) Inside Out (Island 1973) / (8) Sunday's Child (Island 1975) / (9) Live (1975, pressed and distributed personally by Martyn).
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