John Martyn, Foundations, Island ISL-1161. After 21 years on the road and 20 albums behind him, Glasgow-born (1948) singer-songwriter John Martyn has become a key figure in British pop and blues music. Despite the successes and the cult following, the man with the Joe Cocker-sounding voice has changed little. He remains at heart a Gaelic folkie and a romantic rock-poet.
This new live recording features earthy renditions of several of his classic songs: Mad Dog Days, Johnny Too Bad, John Wayne, The Apprentice, etc. An exciting album of stand-up material.
This Canadian review was published in the Nanaimo Daily News (British Columbia) of Wednesday 10 February 1988.