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  • Vinyl (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00KD28QQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Fairy Tale Lullaby
2. Sandy Grey
3. London Conversation
4. Ballad Of An Elder Woman
5. Cocain
6. Run Honey Run
7. Back To Stay
8. Rolling Home
9. Who's Grown Up Now
10. Golden Girl
11. This Time
12. Don't Think Twice It's Alright

Product Description

Universal Music are proud to present the next batch of Back To Black reissues. Presented as exact reproductions of original LP artwork to retain authenticity, but now on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. N. Herwin on 3 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
London conversation was the first time I heard John martyn. Everything about the album, the lyrics, the voice, the feeling and the guitar playing consumed me with a desire to play it again and again and also to try and learn how to play the songs.
I am amazed no-one has ever tried to tab this cd into a book. Highlights for me are Cocaine, Sandy grey, Ballad of an Elder Woman, Fary Tale Lullaby, Back to Stay and, well, just about all of them.
Martyns altered, mainly acoustic, tunings give a different feel to the album than to some other Folk albums of the time and he even plays the sitar on Rolling Home.
Miss this at your peril,
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Sherlock on 9 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
this is by far my favourite john martyn album. recored when he was just 18 in 1968 - this is johns first album - and some say its a straight folk record - i however, deem it to be simple in theory and beautiful in practise. the gorgeous guitar tunings and slick but thoughtful guitar playing, accompanied by johns raw, melodic vocals make this a truely sublime album.

i'd recommend this album for anyone who likes the work of nick drake, bob dylan et al - ...actually, i'd recommend it to everyone.

it's amazing how many more wonderful albums john has made with his first being such a stonker.

enjoy :-)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Luke on 6 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was the first full album i heard by John Martyn and has remained my favourite since purhcasing Grace & Danger, Solid Air, One World etc. All of his work is marvellous but this has so many strong songs on it. I can't believe how overlooked JM and this album are. London Conversation includes a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, Its Alright' which John does brilliantly. What i think makes him special are his unique guitar tuning / pickings and his stunning voice. Unbeatable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Crutchley on 10 Aug. 2009
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An (eventually) great artist starting out. If you are a fan and this is missing from your collection then it is a must have.
If you are looking for an introduction to John's music, this is probably not for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LD on 19 Jun. 2009
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well this really took me back - John Martyn before he started exploring what his voice could do and all the electronic gadgetry he used to great effect in later recordings. i really like the simplicity of this one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mottershead on 20 July 2012
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An interesting album to own for John Martyn fans.Vocally and musically different from his work that evolved subsequently .Some good fingerpicking acoustic guitar. It grows on you
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. N. Garrow on 31 Dec. 2012
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I first saw John Martyn via a rather technological-breakthrough-type event known as Sight and Sound in Concert - this was a simultaneous broadcast by the BBC of a series of gigs on radio and TV. Some folk thought that by turning the TV volume down and using the radio for sound, you got a more satisfying experience. Anyway, Martyn performed such classics as May You Never and it wasn't long before I ran out and got a copy of his compilation album So far So Good, which included a lot of the tracks on Sight and Sound.

His debut album though, shows off his voice in a quite different light to his later work, as he hadn't at that point developed the slurring style that became his trademark. Most of the songs on the album are his, except for Cocain (Trad), Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice (It's Alright) and Sandy Grey (R. Fredericks). Martyn's use of open tunings is also in its early stages, but even here he demonstrates a wonderful musicality and easy style which adds originality, depth and tone to all his songs.

While London Conversations can't compete with some of his later albums (particularly Solid Air) it is a brilliant debut and should feature in any classic collection of British folk music.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Baptista on 15 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
HI,I GOT THIS ONE FROM AMAZON RECENTLY,I HAVE A FEW MORE CD'S FROM JOHN
AND I LIKE THEM ALL VERY MUCH,SOLID AIR,BLESS THE WEATHER,ONE WORLD,GRACE AND DANGER AND INSIDE OUT,BUT FOR ME THIS IS HIS TOP MASTERPIECE OF ALL,
UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T HAVE HIM WITH US ANYMORE,BUT WE HAVE HIS GLORIOUS
MUSIC INSIDE OUR MIND FOREVER,GOD BLESS YOU JOHN FOR WHAT YOU GAVE US.
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