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Rediscovering the Great ’70s Folk-Rocker John Martyn

John Martyn’s Solid Air, released in 1973, is one of those timeless albums, an album that stands outside of time but also brings me back to those free-spirited years when I was a college student living at UC Santa Cruz.

I saw Martyn once, opening for Traffic, but that tour didn’t launch a career for him in the U.S.

Now a mammoth multi-CD box, The Island Years, has been released and Rob Young has written an informative review that provides a great overview of the late folk-rocker’s music.

Check it out at Uncut.

Here’s what might be his best song, “May You Never.” A live version from 1973:

Here’s the album version: