THE TUMBLER, JOHN MARTYN, ILPS 9091
Island Records are bringing out some very groovy sounds. An instrumental LP by Wynder K. Frog with Dick Heckstall-Smith, a new LP by Jethro Tull1 and a beautiful new sound in folk by John Martyn. This is a marked improvement on his last album -which was excellent- and is produced by Al Stewart. Best tracks are Sing A Song Of Summer, A Day At The Sea and Seven Black Roses. All his material is original2 and, if you get the chance, go and hear him live, because he puts on a very nice show.
1 Jethro Tull's debut album, This Was (Island ILP 985 | ILPS 9085).
2 Apart from a few traditionals and the odd Bob Dylan or Jelly Roll Morton cover.
This small review was published in the International Times of 4 October 1968 (issue #41, page 10). A few spelling mistakes have been corrected.
Simon Stable was a columnist in this biweekly underground magazine. His real name is Simon de la Bédoyère and he was married to Judy Dyble. The man also ran a record shop Simon's Stable at 297 Portobello Road.