Dreams By The Sea (3:15)

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From Solid Air and 1 other release


Early life
Martyn was born in New Malden, Surrey, England.[2] Martyn’s parents, both opera singers, divorced when he was five and he spent his childhood alternating between England and Scotland. Much of this was spent in the care of his grandmother. His strongest ties were in Glasgow, and he attended Shawlands Academy there.[1]
Late 1960s and collaborations with Beverley Martyn

Mentored by Hamish Imlach, Martyn began his professional musical career when he was seventeen, playing a blend of blues and folk that resulted in a unique style that made him a key figure in the London folk scene during the mid-1960s. He signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records in 1967 and released his first album, London Conversation, the following year.
This first album was soon followed by The Tumbler, which was moving towards jazz. By 1970 Martyn had developed a wholly original and idiosyncratic sound: acoustic guitar run through a fuzzbox, phase-shifter, and Echoplex. This sound was first apparent on Stormbringer! in 1970, which featured Martyn’s then wife, Beverley Kutner, as his collaborator. She was also jointly credited on The Road to Ruin, their next album in 1970. However, Island Records felt that it would be more successful to market Martyn as a solo act and this was how subsequent albums were produced, although Beverley Martyn continued to make appearances as a background singer.[1]


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  • aenimauk

    One of my favourite tracks on the album, agree totally about the Miles/Tim Buckley comments. The keyboard coda is just perfect, one of my favourite moments in music. It's sampled in something I'm sure, can't remember what though. Something by Amon Tobin maybe?

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Oh4F6F626F74

    Damn. So glad to happen upon this.

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Dark dreams...Dreams By The Sea is one of the best tracks on Solid Air. Fits in well with the sounds of the early 70's, Miles Davis & Tim Buckley dug the same vein of disturbed funky, jazzy electric musical vibes.

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • psyclonought

    what a freaky brain show .... really he had this home made box in his rack ...yeah man like a guitar tardis yeah valve analogue and hand built.... honest babe well it was the sixties. fosooth!

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • umbuntu1

    top ten, selten ein Mann welcher so hingebungsvoll singt

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Colin_in_Mexico

    Nick McCabe, you're awesome. :D

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Obeliam

    This artist is a great discovery! WOW!!!

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Sosen

    The way it fits with the album reminds me of Jeff Buckley's "So Real" ... This is a little better, though. :)

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Fleetaire


    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • KerryExile

    Excellent tune

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • OglenStillafano

    yes man, yes! Play it buddy, play dat boogie!

    21 Oct 2009 Reply

    Couldn't love it more......

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • enogitna

    ja, vor 30 jahren und weiterhin - einfach geil!

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • delaluis

    bad dreams for me!!!! THIS GUYS SIK!!! BRILLIANT SONG

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • bigmanG

    Can't believe I'm from Glasgow, had never heard of him, he's sadly passed away and his music is so good I just got goosebumps! Don't know if I'm happy or sad

    16 Jul 2009 Reply
  • rIcKyShItPaNtS


    16 Jul 2009 Reply
  • blackdog71

    memories of many drunken, stoned late nights sprawled across the sofa and floor such a talent lost !

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • ramblebramble

    reminds me of bitches brew, if it had lyrics

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • eliochiodo

    a great friend lost, so sad....fortutely he left us his music. Ciao John, stai bene

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • wondernova

    Love this... """

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
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