John Martyn – Discography

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Iain David McGeachy OBE (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009), known professionally as John Martyn, was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Over a 40-year career, he released 22 studio albums, and received frequent critical acclaim. The Times described him as “an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues”.

Martyn began his career at age 17 as a key member of the British folk music scene, drawing inspiration from American blues and English traditional music, and signed with Island Records. By the 1970s he had begun incorporating jazz and rock into his sound on albums such as Solid Air (1973) and One World (1977), as well as experimenting with guitar effects and tape delay machines such as Echoplex. He struggled with substance abuse and domestic problems throughout the 1970s and 1980s, though he continued to release albums while collaborating with figures such as Phil Collins and Lee “Scratch” Perry. He remained active until his death in 2009.

Studio Albums
1967 – London Conversation
1968 – The Tumbler
1970 – Stormbringer!
1970 – The Road To Ruin
1971 – Bless The Weather
1973 – Inside Out
1973 – Solid Air
1974 – Sunday’s Child
1977 – One World
1980 – Grace & Danger
1981 – Glorious Fool
1982 – Well Kept Secret
1984 – Sapphire
1986 – Piece By Piece
1990 – The Apprentice
1991 – Cooltide
1996 – And
1998 – The Church With One Bell (covers album)
2000 – Glasgow Walker
2004 – On The Cobbles

Live Albums
1976 – Live At Leeds
1987 – Foundations (live)
1991 – Live at Bristol (Official Bootleg)
1992 – BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
1996 – And Live
2006 – In Session at the BBC

Compilations
1992 – Couldn’t Love You More
1993 – No Little Boy
1994 – Sweet Little Mysteries – Island Antology

EP
1997 – Snooo

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