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From Biography To Blurb

Many of John's albums contained liner notes that are reproduced here. Some are biographical, some are long appreciations by almost literary critics. Sometimes John himself has taken down some notes but he obviously didn't waste much time on this.
The Japanese CD release of Well kept secret also contained five pages of liner notes, but unfortunately in Japanese..

'That Man Who's Always Singing...' | A John Martyn Profile

Date: 
25 Jun 2012
Written by: 
'Jet' Martin Celmins
This 2 CD set features rare John Martyn live performances and studio sessions from the '70s, '80s and '90s. The songs included here on this 2 CD set make Remembering John Martyn a mini-retrospective of Martyn's prolific musical career - a career that began with traditional folk but soon ventured into freeform jazz-blues and other styles of music that where to influence John Martyn in his long musical career prior to his sad passing in January 2009.

One World... One John (DVD)

Date: 
28 Feb 2012
Written by: 
Lyn and Eleanor McMullan
[back cover text]

Originally this film was called 'Tell Them I'm Somebody Else' and was released in 2001 on VHS, the accepted format of the time. After John's death in 2009, we felt that we would like to make a tribute to John from the amazing amount of unseen and moving footage we had filmed over the years and indeed which had been filmed from the unique perspective of close friendship.
After much deliberation, we decided to do a complete re-edit of the original film replacing half of the material with new unseen footage creating a different film altogether for release on this DVD.
We are very proud of the result and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. It is a tribute to a very special man, a tremendous artist, and most of all a great friend. Enjoy.
Cheers
Lyn and Eleanor

[booklet text]

Transatlantic Sessions 2 (DVD)

Date: 
26 Sep 2011
Written by: 
Douglas Eadie

WRITING THIS in the summer of 2011, from the perspective of Pelicula Films Ltd having now produced five series of Transatlantic Sessions, and with director Mike Alexander and I having received the Good Tradition gong at the 2010 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards in recognition of what Transatlantic Sessions has done for the development and appreciation of traditional and country music, it's difficult to think back to 1997 when we had just begun trying to get a second series off the ground.

About Love: Solid Air by John Martyn

Date: 
25 May 2009
Written by: 
Daryl Easlea

So, Solid Air, then.

The one they always come back to. The unavoidable one. The one with the classics on. In the year of Tubular Bells and The Dark Side Of The Moon, John Martyn released his most cherished album. And then, there's all the stuff that's been said about it: - "A much loved landmark album" - The Rough Guide To Rock; "Afterhours classic" - 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die; "An ocean of tension quivers beneath surface tranquility" - Mojo; "A quiveringly sexy folk record." - Q. It is for many, the very definition of John Martyn. It is Solid Air for which Martyn, when all has been said and done, will be most fondly remembered.

John Martyn | Solid Air

Date: 
25 May 2009
Written by: 
John Hillarby

Thirty six years later and it's still perfect!

Emotionally intense and hauntingly beautiful Solid Air encapsulates almost every musical genre with ease and accomplishment. The songs are beautifully crafted fusions of blues, country, folk, jazz and rock with dazzlingly innovative guitar and dreamy evocative vocals from John in a seascape of exquisite flowing musicianship.

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