John Martyn

The Electric John Martyn

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Released by Island Records in 1982, not long after he'd decamped to Warner, The Electric John Martyn focuses on the British guitarist's plugged-in efforts from the mid- to late '70s. A rather brief ten-song affair, this collection picks up just after Martyn's landmark 1973 album Solid Air (and contains none of its songs) and offers a smattering of highlights from Inside Out (1973), Sunday's Child (1975), One World (1977), and Grace and Danger (1980). It is notable for offering alternate U.S. mixes of "Dancing," "Certain Surprise," and "Dealer," as well as a single edit of "Sweet Little Mystery." There is also a nice 12" dub mix of Martyn's cover of the reggae tune "Johnny Too Bad." It's a solid enough collection with a concise feel, but Martyn's Island years would eventually receive much more thorough coverage in later, more expansive compilations.

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