John Martyn recorded his 1978 masterpiece One World with a cast of characters that included Lee “Scratch” Perry, Steve Winwood, Pentangle’s Danny Thompson and Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg. But when it came time to promote the album live, the songwriter went out solo – and this selection from his appearance on the German Rockpalast show is a dazzling document of the era. Some of the set is made up of beautiful acoustic renditions of Martyn’s most lovely ballads — “Couldn’t Love You More,” “Solid Air” and “Bless The Weather” among them. But the real highlight is when John turns on his trusty Echoplex pedal for a thrillingly dubbed out version of “Big Muff,” which effortlessly conjures up the adventurous textures of One World. After watching this, you’re going to want more, so definitely check out another show from right around the same time, which features a deliciously spacious rendering of “Small Hours.” words / t wilcox
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