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John at his best,
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This review is from: John Martyn: Live At The BBC [DVD]  (DVD)
I had high hopes for this DVD, and it's safe to say that it exceeded my expectations. Starting off with John's early, solo work with some incredible versions of tracks including Small Hours and One World, though to his later work with his band.
I've read a review on here suggesting disappointment with the later songs with John's full band, stating that it showed "his ability to let style overcome substance in the 1980s when he unwisely engaged rock bands to bolster his sound". To my mind this is a ridiculous statement. John's work with his band showed his need to keep experimenting and developing his sound, he was certainly not the kind of musician to find his style and sit comfortably with it, he was constantly looking for new directions, and I think that even if some of these journeys have been less successful than others, it shows his creativity and unbelievable talent. The same reviewer adds "but I can't help thinking of how much better this DVD could have been", which I can only assume means that they'd have preferred a DVD of only John's early, solo work, which would have been to only see him at the very start of his amazing career and miss the fantastic developments from his further journey.
This DVD is brilliant from start to finish and hugely enjoyable.