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London Conversation Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island Remasters
  • ASIN: B000A2H9B6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fairy Tale Lullaby
  2. Sandy Grey
  3. London Conversation
  4. Ballad Of An Elder Woman
  5. Cocain
  6. Run Honey Run
  7. Back To Stay
  8. Rolling Home
  9. Who's Grown Up Now
  10. Golden Girl
  11. This Time
  12. Don't Think Twice It's Alright
  13. She Moves Through The Fair

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London conversation was the first time I heard John martyn. Everything about the album, the lyrics, the voice, the feeling and the guitar playing consumed me with a desire to play it again and again and also to try and learn how to play the songs.
I am amazed no-one has ever tried to tab this cd into a book. Highlights for me are Cocaine, Sandy grey, Ballad of an Elder Woman, Fary Tale Lullaby, Back to Stay and, well, just about all of them.
Martyns altered, mainly acoustic, tunings give a different feel to the album than to some other Folk albums of the time and he even plays the sitar on Rolling Home.
Miss this at your peril,
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At the sprightly age of 18 – the young Scottish Folk Troubadour Ian David McGeachy signed to the roster of Chris Blackwell's eclectic and brilliant Island Records and became the first white artist to do so. Remodelling his new surname on a Martin Acoustic Guitar (changing the 'i' to a 'y') and just one month after his 19th birthday – his debut album "London Conversation" was released in Mono in October 1967 to a rapidly changing musical landscape.

Recorded at the Pye Studios in London and criminally forgotten now - it reputedly cost a paltry £157 to make - and thus began a love affair with that brilliant record label and his public that lasted into the late 1980s and beyond. In fact I've always felt that his music in the 90s and 00s was even more brilliant than his revered 60ts and 70ts output (his loss in January 2009 was a bitter blow to many music lovers). John Martyn's Folky debut LP has always been notoriously difficult to find on original vinyl (let alone repress) - so its CD reissue here under the 'Island Remasters' label-imprint is both welcome and beautifully done. Here are the chimney-pot chitchats and wee bonnie ballads...

UK released November 2005 – "London Conversation" by JOHN MARTYN on Universal/Island Remasters IMCD 319 (Barcode 602498307335) is an Expanded CD Remaster (one added bonus track) and plays out as follows (42:04 minutes):

1. Fairy Tale Lullaby
2. Sandy Grey
3. London Conversation
4. Ballad Of An Elderly Woman
5. Cocain
6. Run Honey Run
7. Back To Stay [Side 2]
8. Rolling Home
9. Who's Grown Up Now
10. Golden Girl
11. This Time
12.
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this is by far my favourite john martyn album. recored when he was just 18 in 1968 - this is johns first album - and some say its a straight folk record - i however, deem it to be simple in theory and beautiful in practise. the gorgeous guitar tunings and slick but thoughtful guitar playing, accompanied by johns raw, melodic vocals make this a truely sublime album.

i'd recommend this album for anyone who likes the work of nick drake, bob dylan et al - ...actually, i'd recommend it to everyone.

it's amazing how many more wonderful albums john has made with his first being such a stonker.

enjoy :-)
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This was the first full album i heard by John Martyn and has remained my favourite since purhcasing Grace & Danger, Solid Air, One World etc. All of his work is marvellous but this has so many strong songs on it. I can't believe how overlooked JM and this album are. London Conversation includes a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, Its Alright' which John does brilliantly. What i think makes him special are his unique guitar tuning / pickings and his stunning voice. Unbeatable.
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I'm sure a lot of musicians are embarrassed by their early work which they would consider to be "juvenilia". This album is nothing to be ashamed of- in fact it's one of the best things John Martyn ever did (which is saying a lot). Funny how some artists just seem to hit the ground running. Another example of a brilliant first album (released in the same year I think) is Elton John's "Empty Sky"- which, believe it or not, is not unlike "London Conversation" in some ways!
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I first saw John Martyn via a rather technological-breakthrough-type event known as Sight and Sound in Concert - this was a simultaneous broadcast by the BBC of a series of gigs on radio and TV. Some folk thought that by turning the TV volume down and using the radio for sound, you got a more satisfying experience. Anyway, Martyn performed such classics as May You Never and it wasn't long before I ran out and got a copy of his compilation album So far So Good, which included a lot of the tracks on Sight and Sound.

His debut album though, shows off his voice in a quite different light to his later work, as he hadn't at that point developed the slurring style that became his trademark. Most of the songs on the album are his, except for Cocain (Trad), Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice (It's Alright) and Sandy Grey (R. Fredericks). Martyn's use of open tunings is also in its early stages, but even here he demonstrates a wonderful musicality and easy style which adds originality, depth and tone to all his songs.

While London Conversations can't compete with some of his later albums (particularly Solid Air) it is a brilliant debut and should feature in any classic collection of British folk music.
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