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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime.The Master of Blues-Folk serves up another classic.
This album has served me well over the years.It never fails to satisfy that need to just remember how real and simple music can be. How good it is to just sit back and listen to some honest but extraordinary musicianship.This album draws you in and makes you its best friend. Before you know it you'll be constantly coming back to see how it's getting on, to find that it's...
Published on 7 May 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Parson's egg
I had remembered hearing Spencer The Rover, years ago and heard it again, on a recent tribute tv programme, toJM. In nmy opinion, this is the best track on this record and for myself,I,m happy to have bought it for this alone - beautiful.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime.The Master of Blues-Folk serves up another classic., 7 May 2001
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This review is from: Sunday's Child (Audio CD)
This album has served me well over the years.It never fails to satisfy that need to just remember how real and simple music can be. How good it is to just sit back and listen to some honest but extraordinary musicianship.This album draws you in and makes you its best friend. Before you know it you'll be constantly coming back to see how it's getting on, to find that it's "doing just fine thank you, and how are you?".
Danny Thompson on double bass with Martyn's distinctive guitar work is surely one of the greatest partnerships of all-time. It is a privelage to have the opportunity to hear how good Blues-folk music can be. This album along with his "Inside Out" and "Solid Air" albums are among the best recordings of the early seventies and demand to be alongside Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis,The Beatles, Stones et al. Do yourself a favour for such a low price you would be getting a serious amount of talent for your money and a lifelong friend who'll be there when you're getting stressed with the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated brilliance, 24 Feb 2009
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Benny Placido "edo152" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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A truly great album from the now sadly deceased John Martyn. There will never be the likes of him again, but at least we can glory in these fabulous albums. This album in particular is sadly under-rated, containing as it does, the genius of Spencer the Rover, Sunday's Child and the immense Lay it All Down with Danny Thompson on bass. Heart on sleeve just doesn't convey the emotion. Genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sunday's Child....full of grace, 24 Oct 2005
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1974 and John Martyn is on a roll. Following 'Solid Air' and the vastly under-rated 'Inside Out',JM continued in a rich vein with the release of 'Sunday's Child'.
The bluesy vocals,clean acoustic pickings over-laid with dreamy bass lines and the fuzzy guitar licks which energise tracks like 'Root Love' are a long way from the hippy fairy days of 'London Conversation' and 'The Tumbler'.
Excellent stuff from a giant amongst musical pygmies !
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Sunday's Child' is full of grace, 28 May 2006
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Arthur Dooley (N Wales) - See all my reviews
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John Martyn's 1974 album carries on the fine run of classic early/mid severties albums which mark him out as a rare talent. A talent which has never grown dim despite the passing decades of emotional and physical decline which has seen him suffer Brendan Behan-esque alcohol induced torments.

Hopefully life in the Irish countryside might provide him with an anchor to cling on to.

Back to the album: It flows through the speakers like an aural river....deep and dark. Dappled with sunlight and clouds. As a guitarist Martyn is an alchemist. Tossing fire laced with honey from strings stretched to breaking point.

Sunday morning...strong coffee,newspapers and John Martyn. What more could you ask for ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus tracks are for once exactly that - a real bonus!, 20 Feb 2012
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Even if you already have this on CD, get the extended reissue with bonus tracks. The unreleased studio track 'Ellie Ree' is a lost gem - simple, acoustic, solo - and the 5 tracks recorded for John Peel are perhaps a career peak - beautifully played and sung by someone who sounds at ease with himself and with life. OK, so many moments of genius have come from the guy expressing his pain like no-one else ever could, but for those of us to whom his music has meant so much for so long, it's great to hear him happy. That's how it sounds to me anyway - see what you think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PURE GENIUS....MARTYNS MAGIC MUSIC, 22 May 2011
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Where do you start to appreciate the brilliance of John Martyn,very few artists issue albums of this calibre,and John Martyn rarely failed,Sundays Child oozes class.
The album is a mixture of rock influenced songs and stunning jazz influenced songs.

The classic meeting with Danny Thompsons double bass is well to the fore,especially on the title track,also listen out for two stunning versions of the magnificent
"Spencer the rover".
John described this as a "Happy,family album" and it really is sprinkled with Martyns magic!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday's Child, 2 Mar 2009
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Had it on vinyl. Even better on CD tho poignant cos he died.Wonderful album, relived my youth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunday's Child, 13 April 2014
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Was bought this as a present when sixteen in 1975 on vinyl, sold it ten years later, and now approaching thirty years later i have it again on cd ...........and..........JM...........i'm glad i did.................
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Man's best, 4 Mar 2014
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E. P. A. Brown "Ewanneil" (Scottish Borders) - See all my reviews
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I bought this CD to replace a rather old and scratchy vinyl version of the album that I bought not long after it was originally released. The intervening (nearly) 40 years have done nothing to diminish the excellence of the tracks; there are some absolute classics.

Songs like "Sunday's Child" and "You Can Discover" are heart-rendingly beautiful both in their lyrics and in John's arrangement and playing. He was an astoundingly good guitarist and me managed to produce a delicacy in his playing (whether acoustic or electric) that added to the emotion of the words he sang.

Yet at the same time this album marks a further move away from the purely acoustic work that he was originally known for. The album contains a mixture of tracks. Some, like those mentioned previously hark back to his earlier work but others such as "One Day Without You"; "Root Love" and "Clutches" have a distinct jazz-funk feel to them and provide an indication of how his future albums were going to sound.

And of course, there is "Spencer The Rover" a traditional song given a wonderful acoustic arrangement and sung beautifully. He did have a great voice, after all.

What a talent he was. A great song-writer; an excellent singer and a magnificent guitarist.

Rest In Peace, John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb!, 31 Mar 2013
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This is one of John's best early albums. The classic track "Spencer the Rover" is perhaps the stand out track but the other tracks are not far behind. Love it!
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