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Solid Air: Classics Revisited [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

John Martyn Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Recall
  • ASIN: B00006J3Y6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Look At That Girl
2. Income Town
3. Send Me One Line
4. Deny This Love
5. The Apprentice
6. Ways To Cry
7. Head & Heart
8. Sundays Child
9. One Day Without You
10. Just Now
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Couldn't Love You More
2. Sweet Little Mystery
3. Over The Hill
4. May You Never
5. Angeline
6. Man In The Station
7. Solid Air
8. Bless The Weather
9. Johnny Too Bad
10. Sapphire
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

2CD set featuring 28 tracks from the influential figure in both British Folk & Rock. Includes 'Solid Air', 'The Apprentice' and 'Fishermans Dream'.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more reworkings, but good ones 2 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
An excellent track listing, but pretty simiilar to Couldn't Love You More and No Little Boy, and as with these other two albums this seems to be a reworking of the old songs yet again. Again the style is much more jazzy and romantic than the original more folky and intimate versions. No sleeve notes at all, so buying it was a risk but luckily they weren't the originals (got them) or the CLYM/NLB versions. It would be good to know who's playing on them though, and whether they are well-recorded live takes or studio takes - I can't tell. Conclusion: if you've never heard John Martyn you'll love these 2 CDs, but if you have then get the originals first (or the brilliant compilation Sweet Little Mysteries) - and then, if you want jazzier versions, any one of this, CLM or NLB would do. To buy all three you'd have to be a JM addict - like me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, jazzy re-workings of his catalogue 16 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a release where the balance needs severely redressing; two discs of fantastic John Martyn music, for the absurdly cheap price of 3.49, reduced to three stars because people inanely thought they were buying the original 1973 album. This isn't Solid Air; indeed, the subtitle Classics REVISITED seems to give that away.

These are instead deep, jazzy renditions of songs from John's back catalogue, and are to my mind some of the best things he ever recorded. Never has his voice sounded better, conveying such emotion with his slurred, melodic tone, getting his timing and phrasing beautifully right on every song. The backing and the production may not be to the taste of some, not least to the Martyn fans who hated his late 80s direction, replete as it was with atmospheric keyboards, saxophones and an almost lounge like quality. There's plenty of that here, no doubt, and usually it only increases the quality of the songs; `Solid Air' becomes more encompassing and poignant; `Couldn't Love You More' is beautifully melodic; `One World' is eight minutes long, a dark, gorgeous journey. Yes, it's kind of schmaltzy, but Martyn's voice always pulls it to the right side of acceptable. If they don't beat the originals, these re-recordings do them more than justice.

There's not just jazzy reworks here either. A fourteen minute live performance of the rocker Johnny Too Bad is included, as is the fantastic Levon Helm duet `Rock, Salt and Nails'. You also get a smattering of songs from Martyn's late 80s and early 90s records, the standouts being 'Look At That Girl' and `Angeline', beautiful both lyrically and musically and so understated.

So all in all, not only is this set cheap, it also contains some of my favourite music John Martyn ever put to tape.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One to avoid 1 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Novices be warned! This is not the classic John Martyn album 'Solid Air' (originally released in 1973), but a compilation of more recent material. It contains nothing from the original 'Solid Air' album. Instead, it's yet another rehash of the Permanent Records/Artful Records material from the early 90s, which Artful has been regularly re-releasing in different packaging.
The music is great but you can obtain it in a better format, in the form of the original CDs. Please discourage Artful Records by not buying such cynical compilations, especially when they are confusingly given the same titles as other albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Mistake, Surely..... 25 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
The reviews on this album seem to be based on the mis-assumption that this was, somehow, the original 'Solid Air'...of course it isn't. It is however a totally legitimate re-working of some classic John Martyn by the maestro himself......And it's really rather good. The vocals are sublime, the musicianship absolutely faultless, and the overall feel is very laid-back and comfortable. It is exactly what is says on the tin.....Classics Revisited. It comes more in the style of Van Morrison and occasionally sounds like Terry Callier...but how can that be bad. Thoroughly recommended. Of course you need to buy the originals as well...but this is different in a good way. 3 in HMV by the way..........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Too Good 6 Dec 2012
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Having read the other reviews, here is my perspective. Those who have been to any of JM's gigs will know that you were never sure what you were going to get depending on how much Bevvy had been consumed. This album is like that - we know all these songs and tunes - but not necessarily as they are played here. For me John is obviously having a lot of fun on these tracks (May you Never for example) and that's all he ever wanted. OK you can be Po faced about record company bahaviour and lack of liner notes but just "get over it". More fun to listen to the tracks and pick out the sounds of Aran Ahmun, Andy Shephard Alan Thompson et al. John "went with the flow" all his life I suggest you do the same and buy the album.
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