Sunday, August 13, 2006

John Martyn

One the most sensitive and talented British songwriters. The story tells that it was Bert Jansch who teached John Martyn the fingerpicking guitar technique, but folk and blues were just the starting point to create his personal musical and poetical world. He developed a peculiar style in playing the instrument, very percussive, and he often roughs the sounds with the use of an electronic effect called echoplex. His particular use of the voice reminds a little of Tim Buckley, and Tim, along with Nick Drake, is an artist to which he's often been compared.
These videos show two songs from a 1978 concert in London, broadcasted by the BBC for the Old Grey Whistle Test program. On that year John had just returned on the scene after a few years of break in the mid-seventies, just when he reached his creative peak with albums like Solid Air and Inside Out. The audience gave him a warm welcome; despite the melancholy atmosphere of his songs, he is a funny and entertaining guy on stage.
On most recent years John Martyn dealed a lot with electronic sounds and dance rhythms, but talent and poetry survived just the same.
The size of these files is huge, but they have a fantastic video and audio quality. Enjoy!

John Martyn - May You Never (1978)
John Martyn - Couldn't Love You More (1978)


See you soon



Blogger Turk said...

Thank You! for these. If you discover any more early John Martyn please don't hesitate to share ;))



8/14/2006 10:12 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi, I just read this show is included on a DVD that has been just released today.

8/14/2006 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, reload it!!!!!!!

12/19/2006 5:14 PM  

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