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Gilles Peterson // Significant Album // #135

September 9, 2016

We’re continuing the countdown of the albums that have shaped Gilles Peterson so far. The album this week is Solid Air by John Martyn.

Released in 1973 on Island Records. A classic, quintessential album from a musical pioneer who beautifully fused British Folk, Jazz and Blues. The title track, Solid Air, was dedicated to Martyn’s friend Nick Drake – a fellow musician who was suffering from severe depression at the time. The track, slurred in its message and melancholic in its tone is painfully understanding and sentimental. The journey throughout the rest of the album shifts fearlessly from rhythmic to romantic to hazy, always solid – and alluringly executed.

Tracklist
A1 Solid Air
A2 Over The Hill
A3 Don’t Want To Know
A4 I’d Rather Be The Devil
B1 Go Down Easy
B2 Dreams By The Sea
B3 May You Never
B4 The Man In The Station
B5 The Easy Blues

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