Album review

On The Cobbles - Independiente ISOM 43CD

28 Jun 2004
Belfast Telegraph

Music Life: Well Kept Secret

ISN'T it a bitter-Sweet Little Mystery why Ulster live visitor, John Martyn, remains one of those secretly coveted cult artists, after more than 35 years of sterling music-making? For Martyn, who tops the bill at this year's Get Down With The Blues Festival, in Downpatrick, this week, sadly remains a little-known name to the general public.Yet, it's this Scottish man's deft mix of everything from traditional folk, baleful blues, smoky jazz and tense funk, which is revered by a who's who of rock stars, such as Eric Clapton, Beck and Beth Orton.

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One World - Island ILPS 9492

26 Jun 2004
Radio Times
Phill Jupitus

John Martyn
One World (Island)

The layered folk of a hi-tech rag 'n' bone man enters the orbit of planet Jupitus.

Phill Jupitus


A spacey 'n' smooth classic from the prolific UK folk fusionist. Martyn is the subject of the documentary John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad (Friday BBC2).1

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On The Cobbles - Independiente ISOM 43CD

10 Jun 2004
De Volkskrant
Gijsbert Kamer

John Martyn: On The Cobbles
Independiente/ Sony

De Schotse bard John Martyn was tijdgenoot en vriend van de betreurde Drake 1 en komt na moeizame jaren, waarin een onderbeen werd geamputeerd, op zijn 22ste solo-album weer ijzersterk voor de dag. Zijn diepe stem klinkt nog altijd even soulvol. En de arrangementen zijn als vanouds folky maar doorspekt met een flinke portie jazz en funk.

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