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  • Summary: The 18-disc box set includes all the studio albums on the Island label from 1967-1987, plus live recordings, alternative takes, and a DVD with video performances from the British folk singer-songwriter.
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  1. Oct 14, 2013
    100
    These 17 discs comprise every Island studio album, each with generous extras, plus standalone discs of genuine historical worth.
  2. Oct 22, 2013
    100
    Magnificent. [Nov 2013, p.121]
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    90
    Ultimately, no matter how heated the exchanges between Martyn and his fans could be during concerts, the respect between audience and performer was total and it was loyal--the same punters who would complain the loudest would be at the very next show. It is for these people, those who knew his true worth as an artist who The Island Years was created for and will appeal to most.
  4. 80
    It's expensive but for Martyn fans it will offer hours and hours of fresh enjoyment of one of British folk's true greats.
  5. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    You may well own these already, but the value of this collection is as a portrait of the artist through time, and a compilation of the irresistible outpourings of a man who never really knew who he was. [Nov 2013, p.83]
  6. 80
    The raging fires of Martyn's talent roar through the mix. [Nov 2013, p.97]
  7. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    If you can bear the canonical duplicates, the seldom played discs, and, above all, the cost, this is a box no John Martyn fan can do without. [Nov 2013, p.96]

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