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Solid Air

John Martyn

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Solid Air 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 (written for Martyn's friend, Nick Drake), "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.

© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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Solid Air (Album Version)
00:05:43

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Over The Hill (Album Version)
00:02:51

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Don't Want To Know (Album Version)
00:03:01

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) (Album Version)
00:06:17

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Skip James, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Go Down Easy (Album Version)
00:03:34

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Dreams By The Sea (Album Version)
00:03:16

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
May You Never (Album Version)
00:03:40

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
The Man In The Station (Album Version)
00:02:52

John Martyn, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
The Easy Blues / Gentle Blues
00:03:21

John Martyn, Producer, MainArtist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) (Live At Leeds University, Leeds / 1976)
00:06:10

John Martyn, Producer, MainArtist - Skip James, ComposerLyricist - John M. Wood, Producer

℗ 1975 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album review

Solid Air 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 (written for Martyn's friend, Nick Drake), "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.

© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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