John Martyn – May You Never (9/10)

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A fine single CD compilation of work by the late great John Martyn, who at his best sung a truly individual brand of soul-infused folk. Like friend and contemporary Nick Drake, Martyn never quite transcended cult status, but his work has aged extremely well. This collection is largely culled from his early seventies gold patch and his best-known album, 1973’s Solid Air, is well represented.

Equally great are heart-on-sleeve songs in the same vein like Couldn’t Love You More and Head And Heart. Towards the end of the disc, however, matters diversify with hints at Martyn’s echoplex experiments (Small Hours) and occasional catastrophic misfires (Over The Rainbow).

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