John Martyn – Live At Leeds University Album 1975

supplied by Jim Breeds

Jim Breeds…..Melody Maker 13th September 1975 and John Martyn is selling his Live In Leeds album from his home in Coburg Place, Hastings. Island records refused to release the LP but allowed John to do so independently and even gave him an Island catalogue number to use. Production difficulties delayed the release and by the time the orders were ready to be fulfilled he was back out on tour and most of the work fell to Beverley. My copy of the LP is number 3261. This advert is from the book that accompanies the box set “John Martyn – The Island Years”.

John Wilde….I worked with Beverly. Packaging and mailing records, visits to the post office 3 times a day. For anyone that is interested I sat in on the Inside Out recordings where I did the album art which was used in the gatefold cover. A real honour and extraordinary pleasure hanging out with such legendary artists.

Jim Breeds…. I read that he was not at all happy with this ad when he saw it, so perhaps he didn’t draft it?

John Wilde…..Yes pretty sure this was not Johns style. I was his roadie for those dates and then went to europe with him. It was an eye opener and great fun. We know what an original John was and to see him recording with Steve Winwood, Chris Wood (Traffic), Bobby Keyes, Remi Kebaka (Traffic) and Danny Thompson was a dream come true to me. I will never forget it.

Tony Davis… We should get the council to put something up on the address perhaps a blue plaque

Jim Breeds… said similar in the J. M. FB group, but the council wouldn’t be able to help, I don’t think. I think it would be down to the likes of us to try to do it.

Andy James Long… Tony, I’ve been in touch with John Bownas with regard to just this. He’s going to look into it and find out how to go about it. If I hear anything back from him about it I’ll let you know, it’s something I’ve thought about for quite some time!

Jim Breeds… It’s come up before, possibly in this group. The Biddy plaque in West Street is a good example of the community getting it done. We could tap into that expertise.

Tony Davis… Failing that I suppose another possibility is John’s favourite watering hole….The Nelson



El Pea – Island Records Sampler 1971




Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember or still got this double album sampler, that sold for £1.99?

Mojo71 Reyneva… Yes, I have this album and was musically around when it was released. But here I am too many years later trying to putting the artist names to the pictures and coming up short! Who are the two women the right inside cover? By the way it is a shit hot sampler. Mojo71

Alan Esdaile… I think the two women are from The Incredible String Band.

Pete Prescott… Ah ! Never seen this before !

Terry Smith… i have this album as it was the third LP i ever bought ( Led Zep 1 & After the Goldrush were the first two and were bought from Richard Branson’s first advert in Melody Maker) I once met Chris Blackwell and waxed lyrical about this sampler . He was delightful and charming but i think it meant a lot more to me than him.

Simon Javille… STILL NOT AVAILABLE ON CD 50 years later !!’

Colin Lloyd Hall… I have a copy

What happened to Spooky Tooth?!/article/what_happened_to_spooky_tooth_by_jimfarber?tetparam=werwrjk

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Alan Esdaile… Good band. Love the track wings on my heart.

Bob Laurie… Not forgotten by me – last saw them at the Country Club, Haverstock Hill, London – probably early 1969 – still got first 3 albums. “Society’s Child” a classic!

Steve Reents… Spooky Tooth was one of the better underrated bands of their time.

Mick Knights… Like a number of “underground” bands at the time they just lost their way a bit, a lot didn’t understand Ceremony and core members leaving mainly to get back to their rock roots, but none the less a great band of their time which I was lucky enough to see once

Chris Wilson… One of my favorite bands, we (Hastings College of FE) booked them on at least 2 seperate occasions to play at the Witch Doctor

Mick O’Dowd… I think they probably got pulled on a trip to the dentist!

Nick Drake – 40th Anniversary of his tragic death. 25th Nov 1974

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John Storer… .Wondered if you would consider putting up a post today, 25th, to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragic early death of one of the UK’s best ever songwriters, Nick Drake. Like almost everyone else, my only real exposure to him when he was alive were the odd tracks that appeared on Island sampler records. I really liked “Time Has Told Me” which appeared on “Nice Enough To Eat” but not enough to buy the album. Over the years, he was an artist who’s name I knew, but who’s music was not. It was not until 10 years ago, when Island released “Way To Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake”, that the true measure of his genius became apparent to me. A friend asked me if I’d heard of him and lent me the CD. The music didn’t sound 30 years old … it sounded as fresh as a daisy. I couldn’t believe that I’d gone all that time without having heard classics such as “One Of These Things First”, “River Man”, “Black Eyed Dog” etc. Forty years on, his music still sounds like it could have been released a couple of months ago.

Whether it was suicide or an accident, his death at such a young age (he was 26) was a tragedy. Most agree that his depression was brought on by the public’s and some critics poor response to his music (his second album, the brilliant “Bryter Layter” sold less than 4,000 copies initially).
These days, his music is appreciated both here and in the States and all of his albums have achieved Gold record status. Its often a cliche, but Nick Drake truly was a man born out of his time.

Jane Hartley… Such a loss, I have only come across his music in the last few years!

Stuart Moir… There are many singer/song writers now departed who have suffered the same response to their music and yes, I agree they where obviously born too early to enjoy the fruits of their talent.

Will Cornell… As for this “Yank”, first heard him in ’78 or 9 on a cutout “Antilles Sampler” import–Antilles being an Island offshoot. The tune was “Northern Sky”. I was hooked..but…. Then his albums kind of disappeared–went out of circulation locally…until a few years later when I was an import and indie buyer for a chain and managed to nab a promo copy of the LP box set Fruit Tree–which had 4 lps–Bryter, 5 Leaves, Pink Moon and the collection of odds & ends Time of No Reply. When CDs came out I settled for the one pictured above but it wasn’t enough and got the updated CD box Fruit Tree and a further odds & ends collection Made to Love Magic which includes tunes his mother recorded. While it may not sound intriguing some patrician English housewife singing tunes she wrote accompanied on piano, think again. There are simply no wasted notes anywhere on anything this guy (or his mom!) ever did. Oh, and the DVD movie that came with the Fruit Tree CD is one of few that i’ve watched more than 1x. His sister is a real charmer and her stories are fascinating. Yet again they’ve re-issued his stuff in new form (what are they trying to do, break the record set by “Pet Sounds”?)….but rest assured: if you get a one disc comp you will eventually relegate it to the car, vacation cabin, or your outdoor woodshop, and you will end up buying everything else for the living room stereo. Another post recently asked “Which musician who died before his time would you like to have back again?” There were the usual, Jimi, SRV, Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia, etc…in other words, plenty of performers that had real fame before they died. But I put down Nick Drake…and I had more people agreeing with me. He would have been pleased with how appreciated he is now. PS: don’t know about your market over here, but Volkswagen’s ad dept is to be credited with finally breaking him here. Radio, press, other music biz types were and still pretty much are worthless when it comes to recognizing his genius.