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London Conversation Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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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,
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
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
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As with 'The Tumbler', very folkie - superb singing and playing. And an excellent collection of songs.Published 24 months ago by JL