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-RIP British singer-songwriter [[John Martyn]]. Over a forty-year career he released twenty studio albums and worked with the best but despite this, he has largely remained a [[cult figure]]. Many of Martyn's obituaries mention his lifelong addiction to alcohol, drugs and women. 
-My first exposure to John Martyn was via [[Gilles Peterson]] in 2000 on his first [[Worldwide (Gilles Peterson)|Worldwide]] compilation, which featured his track "[[Solid Air]]." +'''Stormbringer!''' is the title of a 1970 album released by [[John Martyn (singer)|John]] and [[Beverley Martyn]]. Originally planned to be a solo album by Beverley Martyn (with help from her husband John) it was effectively taken over by John and released under both names. John wrote 7 of the 10 songs on the album with Beverley credited for the remaining 3. Martyn was influenced by [[The Band]], whose [[Levon Helm]] plays drums. The album was recorded under the direction of Paul Harris in [[Woodstock]], where [[Joe Boyd]] had rented John and Beverley a house.
-Q, 1999 voted "Solid Air" as one of the best [[chill-out]] albums of all time.+The album was recorded in Woodstock (New York).
-Like I said, I am not really familiar with Martyn's oeuvre, but still his death was significant to me because based on the comments of the people I know and whose tastes I trust, he was an important musician.+==Track listing==
 +All tarcks composed by John Martyn; except where indicated
-His sound reminds me of [[Richard Thompson]], whom I listened to in my early twenties, and who contributed to ''Solid Air''.+#"Go Out And Get It"
 +#"Can't Get The One I Want" (Beverley Martyn)
 +#"Stormbringer"
 +#"Sweet Honesty" (Beverley Martyn)
 +#"Woodstock"
 +#"John The Baptist"
 +#"The Ocean"
 +#"Traffic"-Light Lady
 +#"Tomorrow Time" (Beverley Martyn)
 +#"Would You Believe Me?"
-John Martyn also recorded with my hero [[Lee Perry]] and is connected to British tastemaker [[Joe Boyd]]. +The remastered CD issue contained the following previously unreleased tracks<br/>
 +#"One Of Those Days"
 +#"I Don't Know"
 +#"John The Baptist"
 +#"Traffic-Light Lady"
-First a bit on the Lee Perry link.+==Personnel==
 +*John Martyn - vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar
 +*Beverley Martyn - vocals, acoustic guitar
 +*[[Harvey Brooks]] - bass
 +*[[Paul Harris (musician)|Paul Harris]] - piano, organ, musical direction, arrangements
 +*[[John Simon (record producer)|John Simon]] - harpsichord on "Tomorrow Time"
 +*[[Levon Helm]] - drums
 +*[[Herbie Lovell]] - drums
 +*[[Billy Mundi]] - drums
-John Martyn as the first [[white music|white artist]] to be signed to [[Island Records]]. [[Chris Blackwell]], the founder of Island introduced Martyn to Lee Perry. Martyn remembers: "He asked me to come over to Jamaica and relax with him. I went and crashed at his gaff in the Strawberry Hills by Spanish Town. It was cool." 
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-The ''[[One World (John Martyn album)|One World]]'' liner notes report on their collaboration: 
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-:"The exact length of time Martyn spent in Jamaica is hazy ("I may have been there for seven weeks; it may have been seven months. I stayed rather longer than my visa extended"), but it introduced him to the cultural hotbed of the Kingston music scene, and one of its most flamboyant characters, producer and writer Rainford Hugh 'Lee' Perry aka The Upsetter aka Pipecock Jackson aka Scratch. 
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-:"Yes - John Martyn!," Perry crackled 
-:"Anything he'd request of me would  
-:be OK. John is full of fun, a simple guy;  
-:he's somebody very special' 
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-:"Chris took me down to Scratch's house, the Black Ark," Martyn laughs. "Chris had said that Scratch and I were using essentially the same recording techniques and we should meet. I was using rhythm boxes and [[Echoplex]], and my man Scratch was into the same effect, a dub thing, man. It was the echo thing that invented dub for Scratch -and I just came across my version of it by accident. Mine was faster, mine was Bo Diddley. I loved working with Scratch and will do in the future, please God. I love him. There was always a naughty, rosy little twinkle in his eye." 
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-:This meeting led to Martyn recording at the legendary [[Black Ark studios]], hanging out with fabled characters such as [[Max Romeo]] and [[Burning Spear]]. Martyn appeared on Spear's ''[[Man In The Hills]]'' album, as well as on several other sessions of the day. "I did sessions with every motherfucker and nobody told me that I'd done them," Martyn chortles. "I would hear records later and then all of a sudden a fuzz solo with a touch of phased echo would come and I would think, fuck me, that's me! It was very cool -I didn't mind it at all." 
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-"Big Muff" on Martyn's ''[[One World (John Martyn album)|One World]]'' album was co-written by Perry and Martyn. 
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-On the Joe Boyd link: 
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-Quotes from the liner notes to John Martyn's ''[[Stormbringer!]]'' 
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-:In January 1969 Martyn met singer [[Beverley Kutner]] at a concert supporting US singer [[Jackson Frank]] at [[Chelsea College of Art]]. Beverley was also a figure on the London folk scene and had been a friend of Paul Simon when the American singer-songwriter had lived in London. After Simon found success with Art Garfunkel, he secured her appearance at the 1967 [[Monterey Pop Festival]]. When she met John she was in the process of working on solo material for producer [[Joe Boyd]]’s Witchseason Productions and was looking for musician’s to work with. She later recounted “He was individual, rakish, all curly hair and smiles. He seemed like the ideal guy to help me out, plus of course it helped that I fancied him like mad”. John and Beverley soon became romantically involved and married in 1969. Joe Boyd had secured interest from Warner Brothers records in America in releasing an album by Beverley and it soon became apparent to Boyd that the potential of the husband and wife recording as a duo could be creatively fruitful. 
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-:On April 16th 1969, John and Beverley Martyn entered [[Sound Techniques]] studio in Chelsea to commit four songs to tape. “Traffic Light Lady”, “I Don’t Know”, “John the Baptist” and “It’s One of Those Days” were all wonderful compositions, revealing that Boyd’s instincts in paring the duo were correct. Suitably encouraged, negotiations with Warner’s were completed and in the early Summer of 1969 he and Beverley travelled to the USA, basing themselves in the musician’s haven of [[Woodstock]] in upstate New York. The area was soon to become internationally famous thanks to the celebrated rock festival that took place later that year and also due to Bob Dylan and The Band becoming residents, recording their infamous “basement tapes” sessions there and setting the scene for The Band’s masterpiece “Music from Big Pink” (a big influence on John at that time). John and Beverley soon integrated themselves into the local musical social scene, befriending drummer Levon Helm of The Band and their near weekend neighbour, Jimi Hendrix. John would later recount “Hendrix lived virtually next door to us. He used to arrive every Thursday in a purple helicopter, stay the weekend and would leave on Monday”. 
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Stormbringer! is the title of a 1970 album released by John and Beverley Martyn. Originally planned to be a solo album by Beverley Martyn (with help from her husband John) it was effectively taken over by John and released under both names. John wrote 7 of the 10 songs on the album with Beverley credited for the remaining 3. Martyn was influenced by The Band, whose Levon Helm plays drums. The album was recorded under the direction of Paul Harris in Woodstock, where Joe Boyd had rented John and Beverley a house.

The album was recorded in Woodstock (New York).

Track listing

All tarcks composed by John Martyn; except where indicated

  1. "Go Out And Get It"
  2. "Can't Get The One I Want" (Beverley Martyn)
  3. "Stormbringer"
  4. "Sweet Honesty" (Beverley Martyn)
  5. "Woodstock"
  6. "John The Baptist"
  7. "The Ocean"
  8. "Traffic"-Light Lady
  9. "Tomorrow Time" (Beverley Martyn)
  10. "Would You Believe Me?"

The remastered CD issue contained the following previously unreleased tracks

  1. "One Of Those Days"
  2. "I Don't Know"
  3. "John The Baptist"
  4. "Traffic-Light Lady"

Personnel




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