Often as not, early days are unrevealing, and with The Tumbler (1968) it's not immediately obvious that John Martyn would subsequently take an odd electrical path.
Okay, okay, I know John Martyn has been making music since the dawn of time and his albums always sell well, but that doesn't mean I have to like them.
The deep and textured voice is similar to that of Kenny Rogers or Bill Medley, the arrangements bring Steely Dan or Sting to mind, but the songs themselves are almost instantly forgettable.
It's a puzzle: why has singer/ guitarist John Martyn released almost the same album twice?
John Martyn has had passionate fans for years, but I haven't been one.
There are times on No Little Boy when John Martyn gets the sort of jazzy groove going that would make Sade swoon, and times when his music has enough pop effervescence to make Sting seem stuffy.
Getting back to the basics
Martyn attracts other superstars for these new recordings of his signature songs, among them Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and The Band's Levon Helm.
Couldn't Love You More, John Martyn, (Festival).
BLESSED with a deep and soulful voice, the Glaswegian guitarist-vocalist has been faulted in recent years for more style than substance.
From the first moments of the opening song, Lonely Love, Martyn achieves a seductive sound with a blend of majestic, husky vocal and lush backing including keyboard, saxophone, drum, congas backing.
Guitarist John Martyn Revives His Own Sound
December 6, 1993 - The progressive rock stations of the late 1960s were good to Scottish guitarist John Martyn. Since that time, he's been known primarily to other guitar players, having faded from the airwaves. If Martyn is known beyond the world of musicians, it's for his song "May You Never," which was recorded by Eric Clapton. Now, Martyn is making something of a comeback by reviving his own sound.