Solid Air [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. [This edition includes a live performance of "I'd Rather Be the Devil" as a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2004
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 731454814720
  • Catalog Number: 548147
  • Sales rank: 96,288

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Martyn Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tony Coe Saxophone
Simon Nicol Autoharp
Dave Pegg Bass
Neemoi Acquaye Conga
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Sue Draheim Violin
Tristan Fry Vibes
Dave Mattacks Drums
Technical Credits
John Martyn Producer
John Wood Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Remastering
John Webster Cover Photo
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Brian Cooke Tray Photo
Fabio Nicoli Cover Design
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