An enormous, career spanning John Martyn box set has been confirmed.
A product of the folk scene, John Martyn was far too much of his own man to stick within the confines of any one genre. From his early material with then-wife Beverley to his later exploratory excursions, the man's savage heart was always to the fore.
Sadly passing away in 2009, Martyn's sprawling back catalogue can be intimidating to new artists. Now a new box set titled 'The Island Years' has been confirmed, bringing together some 12 key studio albums.
Moving between 1967 and 1987, the discs contain out takes, alternate versions and unreleased tracks, alongside two complete, previously unheard live solo concerts from 1972 and 1977.
Numbering 17 CDs in total, 'The Island Years' also contains a DVD featuring rare and unseen live performances. In total, the box set includes five complete discs of previously unreleased or first time on CD recordings and the equivalent of a further three discs of rare, live and unreleased studio material.
As if that wasn't enough, the box set also features a hard back book containing an essay written by 'The Island Years' compiler and researcher John Hillarby.
'The Island Years' is set to be released in September.
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