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4.0 out of 5 stars Caution !! Not exactly what you might think it is...
I, like many, have held this album dear for many years. The opening `Outside In' on the original album is for me the definitive John Martyn performance of all time. Imagine the surprise of hearing this new re-issue for the first time and it becoming startlingly obvious that this is not the same recording at all...a big clue being that the wonderful skittering drums of...
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by S. Dinsdale

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3.0 out of 5 stars Find the vinyl!
This for collector mugs like me only! The banter is out of balance with the music and makes it hard to listen to (at least it's at the end of tracks so you can move it on). On the up side the remastering is superb and I loved hearing the music here. I found a copy of the original vinyl album at the same time and this makes for better listening. Read the other reviews...
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caution !! Not exactly what you might think it is..., 8 Sep 2010
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S. Dinsdale (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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I, like many, have held this album dear for many years. The opening `Outside In' on the original album is for me the definitive John Martyn performance of all time. Imagine the surprise of hearing this new re-issue for the first time and it becoming startlingly obvious that this is not the same recording at all...a big clue being that the wonderful skittering drums of John Stevens are entirely absent!

Close inspection of the sleevenotes solves the mystery at least partially. We are told that during the tape research for the album it was discovered that in fact of the original six songs on the LP version, only `Make No Mistake' and `Bless The Weather' actually came from the Leeds show, and that `Man In The Station' was a rehearsal/soundcheck take from Leeds with a new vocal. This means that `Outside In', `Solid Air' and `Rather Be The Devil' (in essence the `meat' of the album) were recorded at other gigs, but infuriatingly we are not told when or where other than `London'! WHY NOT ?

So this leaves us with an interesting quandry. If you have known and loved the original LP, you aren't actually getting much of it here, and so you need to hang on to whatever CD you already have if you want to continue to marvel at the wonders of `Outside In' in it's definitive state.

The upside of what you DO get, is that it is virtually all previously unreleased material. It is the whole gig from Leeds University 13/2/75 with legendary foil Danny Thompson on Double Bass and Jazz drummer John Stevens, and also includes Paul Kossoff on guitar on 3 tracks and a rehearsal take. The sound quality here is exemplary throughout. The rehearsal takes are actually from afternoon run throughs in the venue, also recorded on multitrack equipment so there is a wonderful consistency of sound.

It is most thoroughly a definitive John Martyn live experience from the days of great coats and red-lebanese, (and a great deal of creme de menthe backstage by the looks of it!) which unfortunately means that whilst the music is still stunning and has aged well, the tedious and lengthy between song humour has not....there is even a parental advisory sticker on the set, with discussion of his band's racial origins not sitting comfortably with today's sensibilities.

Nonetheless it's a most welcome addition to the Martyn canon, just be warned it doesn't sound quite the same as the album you remember, because for the main part, it isn't !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm.....as Bob said., 18 Sep 2010
This review is from: Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
This feels like two ends of a very long spectrum - the wonder of the music and the banality of the stage chat. The music wins out every time - a thing of beauty and wonderful "feel". Some caution needed - most mothers would not like it but those with broad musical taste (and a robust approach to very dodgy comments on ethnicity) are gonna dig this!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last the definitive Live at Leeds CD!, 7 Sep 2010
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One of the all-time great live albums just got better!

I bought the Live at Leeds Deluxe version with some trepidation since - in my view - there have been some issues with previous CD versions, particularly poorly recorded/mastered bonus tracks. However everything on the Deluxe version sounds better than it ever has done previously and the rehearsal recordings are genuinely worth hearing in their own right. If you like John Martyn then I'd say this is an essential purchase - even if you have a previous CD version. John and Danny Thompson in particular are on top form and the remastered sound is very good: clearly (and rightly) live. John Hillarby's sleevenotes are both informative and affecting.

Listening to any John Martyn album reinforces his originality and emotional honesty, but none more so than this. No wonder he's missed so much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Find the vinyl!, 26 April 2014
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This for collector mugs like me only! The banter is out of balance with the music and makes it hard to listen to (at least it's at the end of tracks so you can move it on). On the up side the remastering is superb and I loved hearing the music here. I found a copy of the original vinyl album at the same time and this makes for better listening. Read the other reviews because they give an accurate overview of this project. It is very weird to hear the macho banter in amongst the sensitive playing and singing.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly Beautiful, 9 Sep 2010
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I'm not going to comment on the political correctness of the banter...and lets face it, who really gives a stuff anyway? It's just good crack, after all.

This is all about the wonderful musicianship, the superb craftsmanship and the striking song writing, all of which are standard for one Mr John Martyn.

After hearing and owning various versions of this over the years this one brings it all together correctly and is a must for anyone with a passing fancy for JM's stuff. It sounds so close you can feel it and smell it. The packaging is superb. Nice notes from John Hillarby, even if he renders the Who version as 'Live In Leeds'...it is also 'At'.

Great, great, great (and so solid).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing songs, nearly ruined by the crosstalk, 22 Sep 2012
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Andrew Sutherland "Sutho" (Surrey outposts) - See all my reviews
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Totally agree with other reviewers... at the risk of sounding like a schoolmarm, all the laddish in-between-songs cockney banter isn't just waaaay too long-drawn-out... some of it's quite embarrassingly boorish; made doubly conspicuous set against some really quite heavenly, stellar music. Top tip: Adjust the start/stop times of the individual tracks in iTunes (Get Info > Options) to redact the tomfoolery, leaving behind just the songs, and in so doing creating a near-perfect companion piece to Sunday's Child. Since I did that, it's been on very heavy rotation indeed.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star and must-have performance! But ..., 17 Sep 2012
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J. R. P. Wigman "Hans Wigman" (Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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I've had the original Live at Leeds release for years and was really delighted when this more complete recording hit the markets - although the booklet made clear that it's not simply an expansion of the original release.
In terms of musical quality and sound this is a wonderful release and a must-have for any John Martyn fan. On the downside, as already mentioned by others, I find the rude and macho talk in between songs quite annoying a lot of the times. While it may have been right in the concert situation it's just not working on cd. I've always wondered about this chasm between the poetic gentleness of a lot of his songs and his onstage (and offstage) rough personality. Well. I suppose it's down to taste. For my own sonic pleasure I've cut out the banter and just put the music on a recordable cd.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars martyn /kossoff, 26 May 2012
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wow,opening the box and photos of john amd koss are there from 1975 who cares if it's not the same as the vinyl track list ,it's great ,sounds the best iv'e heard of this record,i got a copy of the original, free ,being one of the first 50 through the door at a gig at the marquee in 1976,martyn inspired regular gig attendances from me about 20,it's so long ago,but it's so good ,the koss tracks are much better sounding than the 'one world 'release which made koss' guitar sound,not as good as it should be, the illusive quality of cd reissues of vinyl favorites is here, it's got it;much thanks to john hillarby...................
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Review As Such..., 18 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
I am in no position to review this particular issue - I haven't even heard it yet. I would just like to add my little piece on one of the earlier CD reissues, "Live at Leeds and More", on Snapper/Recall (2006).
David Moreland is quite right to berate the sound quality of the bonus tracks, particularly on the second disc. Do not let that put you off, if you want to hear the original 1975 track listing of the main album - it sounds fine. Snapper 2CD releases can often be found for 6.99 in record shops (remember those?), and I bought mine for about a fiver last year. Also 4.99 on this very site.
I'm sure I will buy this deluxe edition in the months to come. There is a clear case for owning both.
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