Following an inauspicious first release for Island, John Martyn’s unique brand of acoustic music began to take some sort of shape with the Al Stewart-produced The Tumbler. Martyn, whose debut was a solo acoustic offering, here employs a second guitar, bass and, most notably, jazz flautist Harold McNair to create his blend of folk, blues and jazz. While his songs show only marginal development from London Conversation, it’s his arrangements and, especially, vocals which are the real differences, each becoming increasingly more idiosyncratic. Although nowhere near the caliber of his later recordings, The Tumbler is an important step in Martyn’s varied career – All Music
Vinyl re-press on 180g vinyl with download code. Re press of the original album, 3mm spine. Printed inner bag.
Sing A Song Of Summer
Goin’ Down To Memphis
A Day At The Sea
Fly On Home
Knuckledy Crunch And Slippledee-slee Song
Seven Black Roses