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Solid Air
     

Solid Air

by John Martyn
 

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Solid Air (whose title track was written for John Martyn's friend, songwriter Nick Drake) is one of the defining moments in British folk, in the same league as Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief,

Overview

Solid Air (whose title track was written for John Martyn's friend, songwriter Nick Drake) is one of the defining moments in British folk, in the same league as Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief, Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights, and Michael Chapman's Rainmaker. Martyn stepped out of his comfort zone to record and produce it, including not only jazz and blues but rock and plenty of sound effects, and featuring Rhodes piano on some of its tracks, dismaying some fans while winning a ton more for its genre-blurring presentation. A number of its cuts -- such as the title track, "Over the Hill," "I'd Rather Be the Devil," and "May You Never" -- remained staples in his live sets until the end of his life.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0600753179338
catalogNumber:
5317933
Rank:
49150

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Martyn   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Richard Thompson   Mandolin,Violin,Autoharp
Tony Coe   Saxophone
Simon Nicol   Mandolin,Violin,Autoharp
Dave Pegg   Bass
Neemoi Acquaye   Conga
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Sue Draheim   Mandolin,Violin,Autoharp
Tristan Fry   Vibes
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Danny Thompson   Double Bass
Neemoi "Speedy" Aquaye   Conga

Technical Credits

Skip James   Composer
John Martyn   Composer,Producer
John Wood   Producer,Engineer
John Webster   Cover Photo
Daryl Easlea   Liner Notes
John Hillarby   Liner Notes,Tape Research

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