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On the Cobbles

John Martyn Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B0001WAFXO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Martyn's On the Cobbles is the warmest of folky blues, consistently impressive despite being recorded in eight different studios across England, Ireland and the USA. Occasionally, as with the sparse and haunted Ghosts, he even reaches the atmospheric peaks of his classic Solid Air. As is the fashion, there are several auspicious guests--Mavis Staples, Paul Weller and the Verve's Nick McCabe--but, really, none of them add much to a set that's alternately tortured, spacey and hugely romantic. Martyn is unarguably the star of this show, excelling both as the gruff blues moaner and soft balladeer, but also testing different ground with the Pink Floyd ambience of "Go Down Easy", the spiritual jazz of "My Creator" and the dark, rootsy "Cobbles", the latter's mournful backing vocals recalling those of Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds.

John Martyn is truly a survivor. Having in the past overcome such setbacks as a burst pancreas and a head-on collision with a cow, 2003 saw him suffer an undiscovered cyst that led to his right leg being amputated below the knee. Yet still his comeback, begun with the classy Glasgow Walker, continues. Martyn's ongoing trials have clearly given him a deeper appreciation of life and love as well as a painful understanding of the blues. His losses are our gain. --Dominic Wills

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Return to Form 14 May 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
I am a long time fan. Over the last 15-20 years, Martyn's releases have been patchy compared to his 70's and early 80's output. The past year has been a tough one for him personally - his amputation came as a shock. It is not clear whether the music was recorded before this or since.
The warmth and quality of the recording is a wonder. His voice continues to astound though it is an acquired taste (some of my friends can not understand what John Martyn is all about). His high profile collaborators are of varying success. To me it is his more long term cohorts who shine including Spencer Cozens, Danny Thompson, John Giblin, Andy Shepherd amongst others. The songs are consistently strong. In particular the trio in the middle blew me away - Back to Marseilles, Cobbles and the 'tour de Force' called My Creator (amazing stuff).
This recording is a worthy addition to my collection - I look forward to spending a lot of time with it. I expect my enjoyment to grow over time as with other Martyn releases. Give it a go - it may be different to a lot that is released these days, but it sure is worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's Never Really Been Away And He's Back 3 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Admirers of Martyn's so-called 'classic' 70's output who don't care much for his subsequent electric/band excursions [and thereby miss out on some great music] really should check this one out. Martyn's albums are usually so different in their landscape that saying one is better or worse than the other is comparing apples and oranges- but the music here is more acoustic than anything he's recorded in nearly thirty years, and several new tracks bear the feel and flavour of albums like Inside Out and Sunday's Child. John's vocals are richer and more expressive than ever, and there's songwriting on this album that stands with his best work. Go Down Easy borrows a title and some lyrics from the Solid Air track but nothing else. Paul Weller, Nick McCabe and Mavis Staples guest.
The fire still burns. Without a doubt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs of the night 24 July 2006
By Arthur Dooley VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
John Martyn has always been a night writer. His music appears to hang in the evening air like woodsmoke...pungent and evocative.

'On the Cobbles' continues the dark tradition.

As warm as glinting coals...as rich as Bulls Blood swilled down with a malt chaser !

Each track melts into the next effortlessly. The musicians just rock along in a slow steady chug-a-chug with JM's grizzled growl thrown into the mix almost as an instrument in itself.

It's a fine record which confirms its creator as an artist of true depth and unique talent.

In a word....mesmeric !
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4.0 out of 5 stars john Martyn "On the Cobbles" 27 April 2004
By A Customer
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Martyn's latest offering finds him in a mellow groove despite his recenthealth problems. The album sees Martyn adopt a very acoustic mode whichharks back to earlier works. Maybe "On the Cobbles" doesn't reach for thegreat highs and lows that characterise his best collections but there willbe plenty to please the dedicated audience which has always followed thisfine songwriter and master musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - Ben Mills Bristol 8 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite John Martyn since Glorious Fool. It is fresh and original with beautiful playing. This artist thrives on adversity he lost a leg and made this record. Remarkable after 22 albums that he can still make something so special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a Vengeance 7 May 2004
By "spmr"
Format:Audio CD
It is amazing that a man who has wriiten so many brilliant songs remains relatively unknown. This his 22nd album is up there with his very best. The diversity of sound from the jazz influenced sounds of My Creator and Go Down Easy (both of which could have come from the Soild Air era) to a simple folk song 'One for the Road', which wouldn't have been out of place on Sundays Child and the gospel sounding Goodnight Irene. Also not forgetting Walking Home and Under my Wing. If you have never heard John Martyn before this is the place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Martyn 27 May 2013
By Doyle
Format:Audio CD
From the heavily Scots accented count in at the beginning of the album, to the superb emotional duet with Mavis Staples, this includes all the great JM trademarks; humour, emotion; gruffness; tenderness; smoke; whiskey.... as another writer said, great late night music. Witness the sublime jazzy sax driven'My Creator' and the fabulous acoustic groove of 'One for the Road' This is the Sound of John taking his time, 'going down easy' to make one of the most sublime 'songwriter albums of this Millenium. Unlike the patchy work of recent 'craftsmen' Neil Young and Bob Dylan, this is flawless. Great songs, great playing, great album. Strangely John never played much of this live, and having spoken with his Bass player, Alan Thompson, who siad that he thought this wasn't one of John's favourite albums...Can't think why!! For me it is easily on a par with his greatest work, Solid Air and One World!
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5.0 out of 5 stars On The Cobbles
I knew I was buying a used cd, but sometimes you have to take a chance.There was no problem. As the description said, It was in really good condition. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Richard Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars John Martyn
This is one of the greatest artists tbat ever lived. His musical style & whiskey voice are superb.. i could listen to him forever. One of his best albums.
Published 23 months ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars on the cobbles
JMs last three cds are great,church with one bell,on the cobbles, and ,heaven and earth,there's more but they fit together with his 70s best,solid air,inside out,iv'e just got back... Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by alfcatt
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This is much closer to the John Martyn sound that I love. It is less the "electric band" sound of Glorious Fool or Well Kept Secret and reminds me more of what I consider to be... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2007 by J. Page
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Gift from John Martyn
John Martyn, with every album, perfects sounding like himself. I don't mean to be cryptic with such statement but, rather, to pay the man a complement and vow my respect for his... Read more
Published on 24 July 2004 by Juan Mobili
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dreamweaver
Make no mistakes, this is good. Good seems an inadequate word in the circumstances. John's scitzophrenic voice is like drinking armanac out of a broken bottle. Read more
Published on 8 May 2004 by M R Cowdrey
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