I heard the news at teatime yesterday.
I first came across this guy with “Dusty” on “You can all join in”, which I thought was fantastic. I remember being somewhat disappointed when, a few years later, I got his album “The Tumbler”, from which the track was taken, and discovered that the rest of the songs weren’t really much like that at all.
A little later, I was able to pick up “Stormbringer” (John and Beverley Martyn) second hand, and I really liked it. However, soon thereafter, I bought his first LP, “London Conversation”, which he made when he was just 18. I loved all the songs on this one, all seeming on a par with “Dusty” to me. One song on the record, “Rolling Home”, will always have special significance for me.
This was the mid 1970s, and I had just started going out with the girl who is now my wife. I was in the second term of my first year at university, and she was still at school. Consequently, I did a lot of travelling by train at weekends, when typically there would be standing room only. On the journeys back to her, all the way “Rolling home” would be playing in my head.
I didn’t get any more until CDs came along, when I acquired the other John & Beverley Martyn album “The Road to Ruin”, the 3 LPs I had on CD, “Bless the Weather”, and of course “Solid Air”, which was I think inspired by Nick Drake.
I guess it was the drink that did it. There, but for the grace of God, go I…