- Audio CD (1 Jun. 1994)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B000001E4I
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Sweet Little Mysteries - The Island Anthology Box set
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His whisky-grained vocals and alternately sweet, stinging acoustic guitar have made Scottish troubador John Martyn a seductive but sadly overlooked original among British folk performers since his emergence in the late '60s. That oversight is answered by this intelligent two-CD anthology of Martyn's rich catalog of albums for Island Records, which document his triple threat as a distinctive guitarist, soulful singer, and compelling writer and interpreter. Martyn's moody legacy includes winsome ("May You Never," covered by Eric Clapton) and harrowing ("Solid Air," his plea to friend Nick Drake) examples of abundant craft, notable for his rich vocals and spare, elegant arrangements featuring Richard Thompson, Danny Thompson, Phil Collins, and other better-known English musicians who savored Martyn's musical gifts.--Sam Sutherland
Top Customer Reviews
Basically the review below summises this release. I like John Martyn. He has produced some amazing work. He is a talented singer and an excellent song writer. His guitar playing is second to none.
However this compilation covers some of his low points as well as some high points. The first CD contains many classics, but it's all downhill from the latter 70's, and theres too much of the bad stuff on here.
Yes; Phil Collins did have something to do with this; as he played and produced some of it.
A comp that covered his early (60's) work up until the late 70's would be a 5 star CD. However this compilation has too much on it that is well below par.
Dont start here first, buy the albums instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bit of a letdown as I was hoping I'd bought his resung masterpieces. These seem a bit tepid but I just can't recall the title of the copy I had previously to capture his wonderful... Read morePublished 16 months ago by LesVince
A mixed bag, some great songs some a little disappointing. Good music to chill out to.Published 17 months ago by Malcolm Eastwood
A very close approximation to the best.Not quite,of course,but nearly a bull's eye.Thankfully missing out the very early albums,which,upon rehearing,I detest,we start with the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Music Lover
I remember picking up a John and Beverly Martyn vinyl in the seventies "Road to Ruin" I think it was called. It was not bad, with a great cover illustration. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by "Belgo Geordie"
I bought this CD for my husband's bday and he's always got it on so I think he's pretty pleased with it!Published on 13 April 2009 by H. Doherty