A bit of a break from the four to the floor stuff we normally post but I love this record and think its worth sharing. I picked up John Martyn’s ‘Solid Air’ a while ago at Rat Records for a measly £3! An absolute bargain. Its one of my all time favourite LP’s and felt lucky to get my hands on it.
I was introduced to this album by a good friend of mine about a decade ago. My friend had the broadest musical taste of anyone I knew back then so I was always up for and respected any of his recommendations. I was hooked the moment he pressed play. This album really takes you on a journey. There was just something so enchanting about the opening track ‘Solid Air’ . I could just imagine being in a dark hazy jazz club watching this guy ooze coolness from the stage. ‘Solid Air’ isn’t the only killer track though, ‘Don’t Want To Know’ is up there, along with ‘Go Down Easy’.
John Martyn’s compositions on Solid Air shook the British folk movement and inspired generations to come but didn’t make a huge impact commercially when it was released on Island Records in 1973. Despite this big names like Eric Clapton regularly covered Martyn’s songs in their sets which speaks volumes on how great this record really is.
I tend to find myself listening to this record on a Sunday afternoon when I have nothing to do, which is perfect. We rarely take the time nowadays to listen to albums all the way through so when you can, make it special.
Like my good friend did a decade ago, I highly recommend you sit back, relax and breath in some Solid Air.
- “Solid Air” – 5:46
- “Over the Hill” – 2:51
- “Don’t Want to Know” – 3:01
- “I’d Rather Be the Devil” (Skip James) – 6:19
- “Go Down Easy” – 3:36
- “Dreams by the Sea” – 3:18
- “May You Never” – 3:43
- “The Man in the Station” – 2:54
- “The Easy Blues” – 3:22