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Solid Air - Half Speed
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Album: Solid Air - Half Speed
# Song Title   Time
1)    Solid Air More Info... 0:05
2)    Over the Hill More Info... 0:03
3)    Don't Want to Know More Info... 0:03
4)    I'd Rather Be the Devil More Info... 0:06
5)    Go Down Easy More Info... 0:03
6)    Dreams By the Sea More Info... 0:03
7)    May You Never More Info... 0:03
8)    The Man in the Station More Info... 0:04
9)    The Easy Blues More Info... 0:03
 

Album: Solid Air - Half Speed
# Song Title   Time
1)    Solid Air More Info... 0:05
2)    Over the Hill More Info... 0:03
3)    Don't Want to Know More Info... 0:03
4)    I'd Rather Be the Devil More Info... 0:06
5)    Go Down Easy More Info... 0:03
6)    Dreams By the Sea More Info... 0:03
7)    May You Never More Info... 0:03
8)    The Man in the Station More Info... 0:04
9)    The Easy Blues More Info... 0:03
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: John Martyn (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, synthesizer); Richard Thompson (mandolin); Simon Nicol (autoharp); Sue Dranheim (violin); Tony Coe (saxophone); John "Rabbit" Bundrick (acoustic & electric piano, organ, clavinet); Tristan Fry (vibraphone); Danny Thompson (acoustic bass); Dave Pegg (bass); Dave Mattacks (drums); Neemoi "Speedy" Acquaye (congas).
  • He began as a folksy minstrel but seemed drawn to experimental, free form improvisation. Solid Air is where John Martyn's love affair with effects and echoplex became serious. The title track, dedicated to his close friend Nick Drake, became a eulogy, while the breezy "Over The Hill"--one of the greatest songs ever written about a train journey--is a feathery delight. "May You Never" and "Don't Want To Know" continued the simple, stoned ballad approach, although it is his interpretation of Skip James' "I'd Rather Be The Devil," totally reshaped with hypnotic shifts, tidal echoes, and a slurred growl, which broods over the whole album. A record that remains Martyn's youthful zenith.
Professional Reviews
Q (7/99, p.150) - Included in Q's Best Chill-Out Albums of All Time - "...the musical equivalent of a reassuring hug....a quiveringly sexy folk record."

Q (6/00, p.65) - Ranked #67 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"

Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.143) - "[A] sublime proto-chill out record on which the vaunted interplay between Martyn and double bassist Danny Thompson reached its folk-jazz zenith."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he artist's command of his craft and spirit of experimentation resulted in a jaw-dropping collection..."

Uncut (magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 - "It includes Martyn's sweetest pop song, 'May You Never,' a lullaby in which optimism triumphs over every possible cause of the blues."

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