The Road to Ruin (John and Beverley Martyn album)

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The Road to Ruin
Road to ruin.jpg
Studio album by John and Beverley Martyn
Released November 1970
Recorded 1970
Studio Sound Techniques, Chelsea, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 42:18 (2005 reissue)
Label UK Island
USA Warner Bros.
Producer Joe Boyd
John and Beverley Martyn chronology
The Road to Ruin
Bless the Weather
(1971)Bless the Weather1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Word (favourable) [2]

The Road to Ruin is a 1970 album released by husband and wife John and Beverley Martyn. It was the second (and last) album released as a duo. Island persuaded John Martyn to resume his solo career as they believed that the public was more interested in John as a solo artist rather than as part of a duo.

The album's first track "Primrose Hill" written and sung by Beverley Martyn, about the simple joys of domesticity, was extensively sampled by Fat Boy Slim for the track "North West Three" from his 2004 album Palookaville.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Martyn except where indicated.

  1. "Primrose Hill" (Beverley Martyn)
  2. "Parcels"
  3. "Auntie Aviator" (John & Beverley Martyn)
  4. "New Day"
  5. "Give Us A Ring" (Paul Wheeler)
  6. "Sorry To Be So Long" (John & Beverley Martyn)
  7. "Tree Green"
  8. "Say What You Can" (John & Beverley Martyn)
  9. "Road to Ruin"

The remastered CD release includes the following previously unreleased track:

  1. "Here I Am"


  • John Martyn - vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
  • Beverley Martyn - vocals, guitar
  • Dudu Pukwana - saxophone on "Road to Ruin", "Sorry To Be So Long" and "Say What You Can"
  • Lyn Dobson - flute on "New Day"; saxophone on "Say What You Can"
  • Dave Pegg - bass on "Say What You Can" & "Give Us A Ring"
  • Rocky Dzidzornu - congas
  • Paul Harris - keyboards
  • Wells Kelly - drums on all tracks, except "Auntie Aviator"; bass on "Auntie Aviator"
  • Mike Kowalski - drums on "Auntie Aviator"
  • Alan Spenner - bass on "Primrose Hill", "Road to Ruin" and "Sorry To Be So Long"
  • Ray Warleigh - saxophone on "Primrose Hill"
  • Danny Thompson - double bass on "New Day"

Arrangement for "Say What You Can" by Tony Cox. All other arrangements by John Martyn and Paul Harris.

  • John Wood - engineer
  • Nigel Waymouth - design, photography
  • Max Ernst - front cover engraving


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