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Stormbringer

John & Beverley Martyn, John Martyn Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0000071YX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Honesty 17 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just think it has only taken me 40 years since the first release of this album to finally discover it and hear for myself how good this and the Solid Air album is.I have to say that it has been well worth the wait.If this year is the anniversary of 50 years of Island Records, what other gems have I missed out on ? Perhaps I made a slight mistake in listening to Road to Ruin first.Although quite decent in it's own right, it's not until you give Stormbringer a right good bashing, that the song writing and and whole feel of this duo shines through.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Some tracks on this album sound embarassingly dated (such as Tommorrow Time) but, as always with Martyn, the gems shine through. The title track in particular is a moody, rhythmic and highly emotional effort that he has probably only bettered on Solid Air and Bless the Weather. A great band, good use of piano in particular and his trademark voice make this worth a listen. And I open the debate - can Beverley sing? Also give an ear to the track "John the Baptist" - try not to listen to the frankly silly lyrics but instead to the truly rocking folk rock band backing them up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 7 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd never heard this album before and it has been a wonderful listening experience. I love the music - no doubt that it is a sixties/seveties sound but still sounds fresh. Beverley Martyn has a strong voice not dissimilar to Grace Slick so on one or two tracks there is a similarity to Jefferson Airplane (or maybe it's the other way around. John Martyn is superb,backed by some excellent session musicians. Anyway great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A certain surprise 5 Aug 2002
By Callie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this on vinyl years ago and have recently bought the CD! All of John's songs are first class,with "John the Baptist" being one of his strongest songs.Beverley writes three songs,two of them are ho-hum,the other is a great eight minute song called "Sweet Honesty" which has Levon Helm (The Band) on drums and someone,not credited on harmonica.Paul Harris (Manassas) plays keyboards and is credited for the musical direction and arrangements.Other guests include Harvey Brooks on Bass and Billy Mundi of the Mothers of Invention!
On the strength of John's songs plus "Sweet honesty" this is well worth buying.There is an innocence about these songs,long before Big Muff came along with his Powder puff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 9 Feb 2013
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The title track, above all, is a beautiful reminder of how rich John's voice was. A poignant song that stays with you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated classic 10 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Along with The Tumbler and the subsequent Road to Ruin, Stormbringer seems to have been consistently under-rated -- as the above reviews confirm. There is a timeless charm and, and an even rarer [especially nowadays] quality, A SENSE OF FUN AND ADVENTURE running through these recordings that makes quibbles about how good a songwriter or singer Beverley is/was verging on the redundant. However, if an answer is required, Beverly's brooding contralto sounds pretty effective here and her songs [esp I Can't Get the One I Want] stand up well alongside's JM's admittedly cooler efforts. [Incidentally Francoise Hardy, a good judge of a song, covers two of Beverly's Stormbringer songs, on her excellent If You Listen album, which is also well-worth checking out].

In short, Stormbringer is a superb example of early 70s folk-rock, an album that effortlessly smites most modern folk-rock acts out of the park.

Just listen, without prejudice, and let the thing wash over you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pros from Dover go to Woodstock
This is criminally underrated and can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything by the Band . John was still singing like a truculent Scot with none of the slurred mumbling which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by david handy ( a mackem )
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad the albulm has been re released
It gives a glimpse int the marriage of John and Beverley how their voices magically combine to take you on a journey somewhere else. Definitely different to John's solo work.
Published 3 months ago by Robin Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Skip the missus
Beverley complained that she had been offered an opportunity to record in the States and took John along, only for him to buddy up with the session musicians and take over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gently powerful.
I'm going to have to suppress my enthusiasm for 'Stormbringer', as it means too much to me, on a personal level. That aside, it is a seminal 'must have' album. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2008 by P. A. J. Oswin
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is a nice mellow album, it is not enhanced by the presence of Beverley Martyn. John was wise to go it alone after this, because Bev can't sing, she hasn't got a very good... Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by gaelforce10
5.0 out of 5 stars The best record ever
A wonderful record, great song well sung before John became unintelligible. The Ocean is the stand out track it is a shame that Island don't release the John and Beverley tracks... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2008 by Colin M. House
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