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5.0 out of 5 stars "If You Want To Ride A Rainbow...Come With Me..." - JOHN MARTYN - "The Island Years" Box Set
There's a huge amount of stuff on here so let's get to the details first:
"The Island Years" is a limited edition 17-CD/1DVD LP-Sized Box Set UK issued Monday 30 September 2013 on Universal/Island Records 374 228-8 and breaks down as follows:

The first 12" x 12" tri-gatefold sleeve contains:
Disc 1 (74:39 minutes): Tracks 1 to 12 are his debut album...
Published 6 months ago by Mark Barry

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, but too much at once & not cheap!
Sorry to spoil the party, but hasn't anyone noticed the exorbitant price of this collection! Now who's likely to buy this box set? I doubt very much if it's going to be people who don't already own a lot of John Martyn CDs. In fact I suspect very strongly that it'll be of almost exclusive interest to those who already own most of his back catalogue - a lot of which was...
Published 6 months ago by J. Everitt


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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, but too much at once & not cheap!, 6 Oct 2013
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J. Everitt (UK) - See all my reviews
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Sorry to spoil the party, but hasn't anyone noticed the exorbitant price of this collection! Now who's likely to buy this box set? I doubt very much if it's going to be people who don't already own a lot of John Martyn CDs. In fact I suspect very strongly that it'll be of almost exclusive interest to those who already own most of his back catalogue - a lot of which was remastered perfectly adequately by Island in 2005. Obviously the great man has passed away in the interim, but I have to say the word exploitation is the one that comes to mind. Effectively what they're asking the consumer to do is spend a small fortune on one huge set that'll replace all those Island discs they already have, for next to no change in sound quality etc. What you get is a lavish, luxury set, but if you're like me does anyone really need yet more live shows & out-takes? These kind of things usually get a couple of listens then put back in their cases for years. I've learned from buying too many deluxe editions that all they tend to do is confuse the listener, as you end up with many versions of the same song & then you never know which one to play! There's a lot to be said for simplicity! Also, does anyone really need reproductions of concert programmes and similar ilk. It looks really nice but most people will take one peek at it and never view it again. The CD holders look like the usual recipe for finger print/scratching/ripped cardboard that these things normally give. Great buy if money's no object, but I for one won't be fuelling the balance sheet of some multi-national just so that I can acquire this set. I kind of wonder what the great man's opinion on such an expensive item would have been if he was still around? After all that though - if you are new to JM and can afford the lolly, then musically this chap was something else, a rare one off, as a set - exploitation rip off land, as for the music well that's a different matter. It's not all brilliant, but the highs make up for the lows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even so, could have been better., 11 Jan 2014
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Steven H. Koenig "Music Journalist, Poet, Tea... (Brooklyn, NY, United States) - See all my reviews
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John Martyn. The Island Years. Universal 374 228-8, 17 CDs, DVD (NTSC), poster and folder of memorabilia in a 12x12 hard slipcase. Those prats at Universal have messed us up us again with a UK-only, expensive, multi-disc, limited edition package, with tons of extra material. The reason they are prats is that much of the extra tracks on the individual and the 2CD “deluxe” editions we already bought are not in this compendium, so fans will need to keep all of those as well. The cheapest source as of this writing was Amazon UK.

from AcousticLevitation (dot) org's Editor's Best of 2013.
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