The Island Years [Box Set]


Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2013
    Magnificent. [Nov 2013, p.121]
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    These 17 discs comprise every Island studio album, each with generous extras, plus standalone discs of genuine historical worth.
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    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. 90
    All told, The Island Years contains an embarrassment of riches and must rank as amongst the most exhaustive and impressive undertakings of its kind; it’s the kind of towering tribute Martyn’s talents richly deserve. However, it’s hard to figure out who it’s intended for exactly.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 25, 2013
    The raging fires of Martyn's talent roar through the mix. [Nov 2013, p.97]
  6. Mojo
    Oct 14, 2013
    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]
  7. Uncut
    Oct 4, 2013
    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]
  8. Oct 4, 2013
    Devotees will not be disappointed.
  9. 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.

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