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The Road to Ruin

John & Beverley Martyn

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Album Review

Much more of a collaboration here than on their previous effort, John and Beverley Martyn continue on their way through the British folk-jazz of the '70s. Flowing with a subtle improvisation that incorporated a greater ethnic feeling, Road to Ruin makes for enjoyable listening indeed. Good singing and playing make this a great album to sit back and reflect upon.

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It still sounds amazing.

I spent many many a night in the 70's listening to this in smoke filled bedsits surrounded by people in many different states of awareness. I stopped playing vinyl discs over a decade ago and the album became part of my past. I was both intrigued and delighted to see it on iTunes. Somehow I expected it to sound naive and out of date. I was wrong - it remains a masterpiece.
There are some stand outs such as the album's first track "Primrose Hill" (extensively sampled by Fat Boy Slim) and the dreamy, hypnotic "Auntie Aviator". However, the album is best experienced as a whole. Regardless of John's spectacular success as a solo artist it beggars belief that Island Records never let them do another album together.

Biography

Born: 1949 in Coventry, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

Beverly Martyn (b. Beverly Kutner) was a highly respected British folksinger when she met and fell in love with British singer/songwriter John Martyn. A longtime friend of Paul Simon, she had suggested the allusion to Donovan in the Simon and Garfunkel tune "Fakin' It." During a mid-'90s interview, Simon recalled, "She wasn't married to John Martyn at that time,...
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