Martyn, 1973, when this concert was recorded, was a year of serious
transition, both musically and in terms of moving once and for all away
from the folk club scene and into the college and concert circuit.
'The Battle Of Medway', released with the full approval of John Martyn,
captures him in blistering form, on one of his last ever solo acoustic
folk club gigs.
Famed for the late-night cool of his '70s studio albums and the
explosive live shows of the same era, John Martyn forged a unique path
through the accepted forms of folk, jazz and rock, bringing electric
power into the folk clubs and soulful balladry into the colleges.
While Live At Leeds, recorded in 1975, has long defined the man's sound
during his breakthrough years on the college circuit, little has
survived of his path-finding years in the folk clubs - until now.
Recorded in July 1973, in ambient stereo by club organiser Geoff Harden
at Medway, Kent, in between the releases of Solid Air and Inside Out,
this is the sound of John Martyn - on one of his determinedly last ever
folk club gigs - frightening the living daylights out of anyone who came
there expecting 'The Wild Rover'.