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John Martyn - Live at Leeds 1975 [2CD Remastered Deluxe Edition] (2010]

Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Blues, Folk | Author: artmuss | 22-06-2018, 19:47
John Martyn - Live at Leeds 1975 [2CD Remastered Deluxe Edition] (2010]Artist: John Martyn
Title Of Album: Live at Leeds
Year Of Release: 1975/2010
Label (Catalog#): Island Remasters [532 519]
Country: England
Genre: Folk Rock, Blues, Singer/Songwriter
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 2:14:08
Full Size: 680 mb

John Martyn’s seminal live album from 1975 has been given the deluxe edition treatment to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Disc One is the original eight-song concert digitally remastered and sounding as fresh as a daisy. The collection includes live versions of "May You Never", "Bless The Weather" and "Solid Air". Disc Two features four songs which didn’t make it on to the original album, including "I’d Rather Be The Devil", "So Much In Love With You", "Clutches" and "Mailman", plus a further six previously unreleased songs recorded in rehearsals and featuring Paul Kossoff on guitar.

Martyn fans have always had an abiding affection for this particular in-concert memento. Owners of the original vinyl release of 1975 always knew they were getting something rather special coming as it did from the man himself rather than his regular record label, Island. Inexplicably, the company felt a live album at that point in his career (circa Sunday’s Child) was unwise, and so left it to Martyn himself to mail it out to punters directly from his kitchen table.

Though it has been issued a couple of times since then, this expanded release is the first time we’ve got the unexpurgated concert plus tracks from the afternoon’s rehearsals. This was a magical period in Martyn’s career – and this is a magical concert, where he’s joined by free-jazz drummer John Stevens, a recuperating ex-Free guitarist Paul Kossoff for a few numbers, and Martyn’s old mucker, ex-Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson. Martyn and Thompson were always formidable team, and their astounding interplay makes an album like this very much a joint venture rather than a solo gig with hired hands in tow.

Amidst the between-song cockney geezer banter there are genuinely affecting moments where you glimpse the true bond that existed between the Thompson and Martyn. The music oozes with a camaraderie born from shared experience, and a deep respect that comes from understanding that they not only gave each other permission to fly, but that one of them would always be there to help the other land.

On I’d Rather Be the Devil you can hear Martyn yell with something that sounds like approval, but which might equally be surprise at how well they’re doing at this point. It follows an extensive echo-drenched free passage that traverses exotic soundworlds which might’ve been produced had Tangerine Dream hooked up with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, illustrating the eclectic ambitions hurtling though Martyn’s music.

Bonus tracks can sometimes leave you shrugging your shoulders – nice but hardly essential. However, the rehearsal take of May You Never not only knocks the socks off the live version, but gives the original studio rendition a run for its money as well. Astonishing. --Sid Smith


1-1 May You Never 5:28
1-2 Outside In 12:55
1-3 Spencer The Rover 3:58
1-4 Make No Mistake 5:00
1-5 Bless The Weather 4:42
1-6 My Baby Girl 2:45
1-7 You Can Discover 3:57
1-8 Solid Air 6:10

Concert And Rehearsals
2-1 I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) 11:22
2-2 So Much In Love With You 5:25
2-3 Clutches 5:37
2-4 Mailman 5:55
2-5 May You Never 4:08
2-6 The Message 5:12
2-7 Outside In 13:18
2-8 The Man In The Station 3:48
2-9 Head And Heart 4:31
2-10 Clutches 5:11

John Martyn - vocals, guitar
Danny Thompson - bass
John Stevens - drums
Paul Kossoff - guitar [bonus tracks only]



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