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John Martyn - The Man Upstairs [DVD] [2008]
John Martyn - The Man Upstairs [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ John Martyn

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS! BUY THIS !BUY THIS! BUY THIS !BUY THIS!, 6 Dec. 2007
German TV from 1978. Great picture. Great sound. JM at the top of his game, totally live, absolutely solo. Essential. Indispensable. Get it.

On the Cobbles
On the Cobbles
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's Never Really Been Away And He's Back, 3 May 2004
This review is from: On the Cobbles (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.

On Parole
On Parole
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile archive release, 3 May 2004
This review is from: On Parole (Audio CD)
It's useful to know what this CD is, and what it isn't. It's not really an 'official' release, but neither is it yet another of the millions of'live/rare' Motorhead compilations.
This is Motorhead's unreleased debut album, recorded for UA in 1975 with Larry Wallis [Pink Fairies] on guitar. The original drummer, Lucas Fox, left/was removed after the recording and when Phil Taylor then joined he rerecorded all the drum parts except Lost Johnny.
[For the history buffs, Eddie Clarke was then recruited as second guitarist but Larry Wallis left after one rehearsal, resulting in the familiar Kilmister/Clarke/Taylor lineup.]
UA didn't release it until 1979, on the back of Motorhead's 'Overkill/Bomber' popularity.
All the tracks but one [Fools] were rerecorded in better versions for Motorhead's self-titled official debut on Chiswick. If you like the raw, gruff, underproduced 'British MC5' sound of that album, give this a spin.
Inessential? Yes. Minor? Yes. Bad? No- and it's part of the story.
I'm not 100% sure about this but I think that three of the four 'alternate takes' [City Kids, Motorhead and Leaving Here] are Motorhead's very first studio efforts produced by Dave Edmunds, which exist only on acetate.

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