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John Martyn - Head And Heart: The Acoustic John Martyn album review

Album Review

Late folk giant unplugged and kicking

Always acknowledged as one of the UK’s true sonic innovators, John Martyn is too often remembered as the scarily volatile drunken genius unleashing the startling echoplex excursions he started exploring when he couldn’t afford an expensive guitar. But at heart Martyn was always a modern folk singer and guitarist, blessed with an edgy intensity and distinctive voice. It elevated his music, from the opening bars of Fairy Tale Lullaby, the first track on his 1967 debut album London Conversation, and which also opens this superlative set that strives to highlight the core talent under the effects and jazz impulses.

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