Thursday, November 09, 2006

John Martyn-London Conversation (1967 debut album, UK Folk)

In 1967, John Martyn became the first white solo act to sign with Island Records. While this is notable in the history of the label, his initial release, London Conversation, on the other hand, stands as a mere footnote. The record, though incorporating touches of blues and his characteristic guitar and vocal, doesn't really prepare you for what's to come from Martyn. The album is a basic, no-frills, guitar and voice effort, although one track, the droning dulcimer and flute-driven "Rolling Home," shows Martyn's urge to stretch, which would become much more evident in the coming years. His vocal delivery is traditionally British, while his playing is steeped in the eclectic folk of British artists such as Davey Graham and Bert Jansch, as well as American blues and folk. London Conversation, whose material (written primarily by Martyn) reflects the era and his age (18 years old), comes across as a young, although soon to be important artist looking for a voice.
by Brett Hartenbach

Although some of you maybe think other Martyn’s albums are better, I think this one is good too. Remember that he was only 18 at the time of its release. True folk guitar and singing in a lot of his compositions. I believe it was a great debut. Great guitar finger picking, I am really trying to reach him at this point at my guitar playing! One of the best folk guitarits for me actually!

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