Album review

May You Never | The Very Best Of

22 Mar 2009
The Independent
Nick Coleman

John Martyn, May You Never: The Very Best of... (Island)

As posthumous best ofs go, this is as tidy as one could wish, despite the odd regrettable omission. It favours the Irascible One's songwriting over his musicianliness and, being Island, concentrates on his Seventies peak. And so we suffer again the tenderness of Head And Heart and Sweet Little Mystery and flow with Solid Air. If you have ever experienced the midnight blues and not had a Martyn album to hand, then here's where you start. Buy this and Inside Out and you are well equipped.

Nick Coleman

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Ain't No Saint

1 Nov 2008
Mojo #180
Phil Sutcliffe

John Martyn

****

Ain't No Saint

UNIVERSAL/ ISLAND

Compiled with due devotion, a 4-CD box set of faves, unearthed lives and outtakes.

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Ain't No Saint

1 Nov 2008
Record Collector
Terry Staunton

A national treasure whose importance and influence has never been reflected in sales, Martyn's exhaustive back catalogue is brimful of genuinely pioneering approaches to folk and jazz.

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Ain't No Saint

1 Nov 2008
Rock 'n' Reel
Colin Hall

Whatever there was in the water at Cousins -heart of 60s London's folk music happenings- it was potent stuff that helped spawn a scene.

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Ain't No Saint

7 Sep 2008
The Independent
Nick Coleman

Album: John Martyn, Ain't No Saint (Island)

Reviewed by Nick Coleman

Four discs, two live, two studio, the latter comprising 34 songs, a dozen of which are unreleased – a decent enough way to reflect on an extraordinary career on the eve of the artist's 60th birthday.

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Ain't No Saint

1 Sep 2008
Uncut
Rob Young
ALBUM REVIEW:
JOHN MARTYN - 'AIN'T NO SAINT'

John Martyn
(Universal/Island)
****
Outtakes and unreleased live recordings shine new light on the angels and demons at war in a 40-year career
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The Man Upstairs (DVD)

1 Apr 2008
Record Collector #348
Grahame Bent

John Martyn - The Man Upstairs: In Concert Live In Germany 1978

Stunning live performance finally makes it to DVD

Almost 30 years to the day after it was filmed at Hamburg’s Audimax auditorium for the German TV show Rockpalast, this classic performance is only now available on DVD for the first time. The Man Upstairs captures the power of John Martyn’s live show, with Martyn at the height of his powers following the release of his then-current studio album One World.

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