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Album: Solid Air [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Solid Air Album Version More Info... 5:44
2)    Over The Hill Album Version More Info... 2:52
3)    Don't Want To Know Album Version More Info... 3:00
4)    I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) Album Version More Info... 6:17
5)    Go Down Easy Album Version More Info... 3:34
6)    Dreams By The Sea Album Version More Info... 3:15
7)    May You Never Album Version More Info... 3:40
8)    The Man In The Station Album Version More Info... 2:51
9)    The Easy Blues / Gentle Blues More Info... 3:20
1)    Solid Air Alternative Take More Info... 5:48
2)    Over The Hill Alternative Take More Info... 3:29
3)    Don't Want To Know Alternative Take More Info... 3:26
4)    I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) Alternative Take More Info... 7:40
5)    Go Down Easy Alternative Take More Info... 4:55
6)    Dreams By The Sea Alternative Take More Info... 3:22
7)    May You Never Alternative Take More Info... 3:34
8)    The Man In The Station Alternative Take More Info... 5:32
9)    The Easy Blues/Gentle Blues Alternative Take More Info... 4:49
10)    Keep On More Info... 4:57
11)    When It's Dark Demo More Info... 8:37
12)    In The Evening More Info... 4:04
13)    May You Never Single Version More Info... 2:44
14)    The Easy Blues Live More Info... 3:25
15)    May You Never Live More Info... 3:40
16)    I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) Live Version More Info... 8:34
 

Album: Solid Air [Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Solid Air Album Version More Info... 5:44
2)    Over The Hill Album Version More Info... 2:52
3)    Don't Want To Know Album Version More Info... 3:00
4)    I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) Album Version More Info... 6:17
5)    Go Down Easy Album Version More Info... 3:34
6)    Dreams By The Sea Album Version More Info... 3:15
7)    May You Never Album Version More Info... 3:40
8)    The Man In The Station Album Version More Info... 2:51
9)    The Easy Blues / Gentle Blues More Info... 3:20
1)    Solid Air Alternative Take More Info... 5:48
2)    Over The Hill Alternative Take More Info... 3:29
3)    Don't Want To Know Alternative Take More Info... 3:26
4)    I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) Alternative Take More Info... 7:40
5)    Go Down Easy Alternative Take More Info... 4:55
6)    Dreams By The Sea Alternative Take More Info... 3:22
7)    May You Never Alternative Take More Info... 3:34
8)    The Man In The Station Alternative Take More Info... 5:32
9)    The Easy Blues/Gentle Blues Alternative Take More Info... 4:49
10)    Keep On More Info... 4:57
11)    When It's Dark Demo More Info... 8:37
12)    In The Evening More Info... 4:04
13)    May You Never Single Version More Info... 2:44
14)    The Easy Blues Live More Info... 3:25
15)    May You Never Live More Info... 3:40
16)    I'd Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman) Live Version More Info... 8:34
 
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  • 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).
  • Personnel: John Martyn (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer); Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Sue Draheim (autoharp, mandolin, violin); Tony Coe (saxophone); John "Rabbit" Bundrick (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ); Tristan Fry (vibraphone); Danny Thompson (double bass); Dave Mattacks (drums); Neemoi "Speedy" Aquaye, Neemoi Acquaye (congas).
  • Liner Note Authors: John Hillarby; Daryl Easlea.
  • Recording information: 11/1972-12/1972.
  • Photographer: Brian Cooke.
  • 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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