Don’t be misled by the title. This is not Martyn’s classic 1973 album Solid Air, but a best-of that isn’t even really that. Yes, all his greatest songs from two decades of back catalogue are here. Yet they’re not the original recordings but reinterpretations made in 1992-93 with a soft-rock, dinner party backing provided by such mates as Phil Collins and Dave Gilmour.
The songs still sound pretty good and his voice is as wonderfully slurred as ever. But nobody could claim any of these 28 retreads are improvements on the originals.