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Live in Germany 1986

John Martyn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blueprint (Voiceprint)
  • ASIN: B00005LPTF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Day Without You
2. Solid Air
3. Sweet Little Mystery
4. Bless the Weather
5. Beverley
6. Make No Mistake
7. Dealer
8. Outside In
9. One World
10. I'd Rather Be the Devil
11. Angeline

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BBC Review

The late-sixties London music community gave birth to a wealth of beautiful and diverse hybrids. The combination of a jazz scene surrounding venues such as Ronnie Scott's, and a folky, singer-songwriter enclave supported by clubs such as Bunjy's was never the most likely of fusions but, as this CD testifies, the music made by such a pairing still pulses as strongly today as it did over three decades ago. John Martyn and Danny Thompson have always jumped genres with ease - Thompson from his early days with Tubby Hayes, through The Pentangle to his more traditional acoustic work with Richard Thompson, and Martyn's friend Nick Drake - while Martyn himself has covered the bases from blues and folk through to reggae and even the occasional show tune.

The pair started their professional relationship in 1970 and this record of a gig from 1986 demonstrates how the odd couple could still breathe fire into these ageing classics. A crowd-pleasingly unvaried set list had become Martyn's stock in trade by the mid-eighties - heavily relying on his 1970s highlights from Solid Air, Bless The Weather and One World - but the intimate setting of his smokey, slurred voice and Thompson's almost abstract double bass truly cements the timeless quality of this work. Both men had spent the previous decade as notorious hell-raisers but their experience only heightens the plaintive, almost spiritual quality of the work.

Martyn's elegy to Drake, "Solid Air", is here in all its mournful glory as is the ambient soulfulness of "One World" and Skip James' edgy "I'd Rather Be The Devil". All numbers managing to be both strangely intense and, simultaneously, so laid-back as to be almost horizontal. The sound quality, while a little rough, compliments the night club atmosphere - a snapshot of a relaxed evening in the company of two genial gents of the road. As the man says: may they never lay their heads down without a hand to hold... --Chris Jones

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From BBC review by Chris Jones in 2002: "All numbers managing to be both strangely intense and, simultaneously, so laid-back as to be almost horizontal. The sound quality, while a little rough, compliments the night club atmosphere - a snapshot of a relaxed evening in the company of two genial gents of the road. As the man says: may they never lay their heads down without a hand to hold..."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Acoustically Speaking... 12 Oct 2007
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Very nice release with Martyn and long time foil Danny Thompson reunited for this 1986 gig and trip down memory lane with many of his 70s 'classic' songs. Sound quality is not quite there but if you can put that to one side and absorb the emotion of Martyn's voice, the precise guitar, empathetic bass playing and fantastic atmosphere you will thoroughly enjoy this CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Ray of Sunshine 26 Sep 2001
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Martyn and Thompson really turn on the style in this acoustic set from 1986. An enjoyable CD demonstrating Martyns inimitable musicianship and vocals. Good booklet and notes too....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 7 Mar 2014
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John Martyn went through many styles and played with many musicians, yet the simplicity of him on acoustic with Danny Thompson on double bass, is the best way to enjoy and appreciate his greatest songs. Danny's bass captures the mood of each song and provides the bedrock for John to do his stuff on guitar and vocals. I had been looking for this CD for years, it was well worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is about DANNY!!!!! 5 May 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This record and live at the Brewery Center were recorded the same year. Danny is HOT here and most definately the featured artist. Yes they are playing John Martyn's songs, but Danny really stretches like he used to in the Pentagle days (his late sixties and early seventies prog-folk band). The recording tech could have been better, but get this to here a master acoustic bass artist supreme! Awesome spin!
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