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Solid Air (Remastered)

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Though he cut over 20 albums in his 60 years, 1973's Solid Air is the one for which British folk singer John Martyn will be most remembered. The detuned, buzzing E string of his acoustic guitar and the subtle jazz arches infused instrumentally throughout gave Solid Air a mellow warmth unlike any of his prior works. A beautifully haunting title track opens, affixing a bewitching tone — the song was penned for Martyn's friend, the celebrated Nick Drake, who died 18 months following the album's release. "Over the Hill" follows with an infectious sing-along melody and break-up lyrics that are both moving and darkly scathing. Richard Thompson's mandolin plays a prominent role here and all through Solid Air he provides guitar, violin, and autoharp. Martyn used an Echoplex analogue tape delay on his stunning rendition of Skip James' "I'd Rather Be the Devil", though the album is usually recognized for "May You Never." Should it sound familiar to the uninitiated, thank Eric Clapton who covered it on his 1977 album Slowhand. Not even a month before his passing, Martyn was awarded an Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II in January of 2009.

Customer Reviews

Hmm smooth!

This has to be in the top tens most chilled out albums ever ! Its sounds even better at night!

classic john martyn

I have the original vinyl and subsequent cd.. If your only going to get one CD from John Martyn, this is the one!... A timeless masterpiece fom a master!.. Not so sure he should be classified as folk on itunes, but expect thats the nearest genre them guys can get!... Great laid back listening... In the 70's, this went well with a smoke.


Just downloaded and listened to this album. Amazing. Someone said it sounds better at does. Just download and enjoy 5*.


Born: 11 September 1948 in New Malden, Surrey, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter/guitarist John Martyn was born Iain David McGeachy on September 11, 1948, in New Malden, Surrey, and raised in Glasgow by his grandmother. He began his innovative and expansive career at the age of 17 with a style influenced by American blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Skip James, the traditional music of his homeland, and the eclectic folk of Davey Graham (Graham remained an influence and idol of Martyn's throughout his career). With the aid of his mentor, traditional singer...
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