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Nick Drake

A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, Nick Drake produced several albums of chilling, somber beauty. With hindsight, these have come to be recognized as peak achievements of both the British folk-rock scene and the entire rock singer/songwriter genre. Sometimes compared to Van Morrison, Drake in fact resembled Donovan much more in his breathy vocals, strong melodies, and the acoustic-based orchestral sweep of his arrangements. His was a much darker vision than Donovan's, however, with disturbing themes of melancholy, failed romance, mortality, and depression lurking just beneath, or even well above, the surface. Ironically, Drake has achieved a far greater stature in the decades following his death, with an avid cult following that grows by the year.

Part of Drake's failure to attract a mass audience was attributable to his almost pathological reluctance to perform live. It was at a live show in Cambridge, however, that a member of Fairport Convention saw Drake perform, and recommended the singer to producer Joe Boyd. Boyd, already a linchpin of the British folk-rock scene as the producer for Fairport and the Incredible String Band, asked Drake for a tape, and was impressed enough to give the 20-year-old a contract in 1968.

Drake's debut, Five Leaves Left (1969), was the first in a series of three equally impressive, and quite disparate, albums. With understated folk-rock backing (Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson plays bass on most of the cuts), Drake created a vaguely mysterious, haunting atmosphere, occasionally embellished by tasteful Baroque strings. His economic, even pithy, lyrics hinted at melancholy, yet any thoughts of despair were alleviated by the gorgeous, uplifting melodies and Drake's calm, measured vocals. Bryter Later (1970) was perhaps his most upbeat effort, featuring support from members of Fairport Convention, and traces of jazz in the arrangements. On some cuts, the singer/songwriter, remarkably, dispensed with lyrics altogether, offering only gorgeous, orchestrated instrumental miniatures that stood well on their own.

Neither album sold well, and Drake, already a brooding loner, plunged into serious depression that often found him unable to make music, work, or even walk and talk. He managed to produce one final full-length work, Pink Moon (1972), a desolate solo acoustic album that ranks as one of the most naked and bleak statements in all of rock. He did record a few more songs before his death, but no more albums were completed, although the final sessions (along with some other fine unreleased material) surfaced on the posthumous compilation Time of No Reply.

Drake's final couple of years were marked by increasing psychiatric difficulties, which found him hospitalized at one point for several weeks. He had rarely played live during his days as a recording artist, and at one point declared his intention never to record again, although he wished to continue to write songs for others. (It's been reported that French chanteuse Françoise Hardy recorded some of Drake's songs, but she hasn't released any.) On November 25, 1974, he died in his parents' home from an overdose of antidepressant medication; suicide has been speculated, although some of his family and friends dispute this.

In the manner of the young Romantic poets of the 19th century who died before their time, Drake is revered by many listeners today, with a following that spans generations. Baby boomers who missed him the first time around found much to revisit once they discovered him, and his pensive loneliness speaks directly to contemporary alternative rockers who share his sense of morose alienation. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Family Tree

1. Come In To The Garden

2. They're Leaving Me Behind

3. Time Piece

4. Poor Mum

5. Winter Is Gone

6. All My Trials

7. Kegelstatt Trio

8. Strolling Down The Highway

9. Paddling In The Rushes

10. Cocaine Blues

11. Blossom

12. Been Smokin' Too Long

13. Black Mountain Blues

14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

15. If You Leave Me

16. Here Come The Blues

17. Sketch, Part 1

18. Blues Run The Game

19. My Baby's So Sweet

20. Milk And Honey

21. Kimbie

22. Bird Flew By

23. Rain

24. Strange Meeting II

25. Day Is Done (Early Version)

26. Come Into The Garden

27. Way To Blue (Early Version)

28. Do You Ever Remember?

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Track List: A Treasury

1. Introduction

2. Hazey Jane II

3. River Man

4. 'Cello Song

5. Hazey Jane I

6. Pink Moon

7. Poor Boy

8. Magic

9. Place To Be

10. Northern Sky

11. Road

12. Fruit Tree

13. Black Eyed Dog

14. Way To Blue

15. From The Morning

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Track List: Made To Love Magic

1. Rider On The Wheel

2. Magic (New 'Original' Arrangement)

3. River Man (Alternate Version)

4. Joey

5. Thoughts Of Mary Jane (Alternate Version)

6. Mayfair (Alternate Version)

7. Hanging On A Star

8. Three Hours (Alternate Version)

9. Clothes Of Sand

10. Voices

11. Time Of No Reply (New 'Original' Arrangement)

12. Black Eyed Dog

13. Tow The Line

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Track List: Way To Blue

1. Cello Song

3. Way To Blue

4. Things Behind The Sun

5. River Man

6. Poor Boy

7. Time Of No Reply

8. From The Morning

9. One Of These Things First

10. Northern Sky

11. Which Will

12. Hazey Jane 2

13. Time Has Told Me

14. Pink Moon

15. Black Eyed Dog

16. Fruit Tree

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Track List: Time Of No Reply

1. Time Of No Reply

3. Joey

4. Clothes Of Sand

5. Man In A Shed

6. Mayfair

7. Fly

8. The Thoughts Of Mary Jane

9. Been Smoking Too Long

10. Strange Meeting II

11. Rider On The Wheel

12. Black Eyed Dog

13. Hanging On A Star

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Track List: Pink Moon

1. Pink Moon

2. Place to Be

3. Road

4. Which Will

5. Horn

6. Things Behind The Sun

7. Know

8. Parasite

9. Free Ride

10. Harvest Breed

11. From the Morning

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Track List: Bryter Layter

1. Introduction

2. Hazey Jane II

3. At The Chime Of A City Clock

4. One Of These Things First

5. Hazey Jane I

6. Bryter Layter

7. Fly

8. Poor Boy

9. Northern Sky

10. Sunday

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Track List: Five Leaves Left

1. Time Has Told Me

2. River Man

3. 3 Hours

4. Way To Blue

5. Day Is Done

6. Cello Song

7. The Thoughts Of Mary Jane

8. Man In A Shed

9. Fruit Tree

10. Saturday Sun

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tyler1976
The song is actually called 1952 Vincent Black Lightning and it was written and recorded by Richard Thompson, another brilliant British singer/songw r i t e r . The connection is Thompson started off in Fairport Convention before going solo.
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Yes ... Sad situation ... But~ look at what he left us !!!
~~Thanks Nick ~You do in fact go on in your music ~~
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I hadn't heard of Nick Drake til now, knowing now that his songs were way before their time! I also read he passed from an O.D. way back when! So sad for all the beautiful ones who took their lives way too early!
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Nick Drake... One word... Gorgeous
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I don't think Things behind the sun was written by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though... Maybe you'll get it fixed, but right now the lyrics are supposedly written by Anthony Kiedis... lol.
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Tough to think of this gifted man consumed by the wolf of depression. Great beauty and grief here.
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metalnorm
A very interesting artist who people missed out on, Even me... A treasure for sure.....
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Love the YouTube of black and white sailboat scene with Nick Drake songs~
Fans of his check it out~~~~~~~
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Chatterton, Keats and Nick...
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pgross9674
Love his music. Wish I would have heard him back in the 60's and 70's and heard him in that concert at Cambridge.
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I have loved Nike Drake for quite a bit. Everything he digs resonates. ��
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This is what I call 'suicide music' but I still love it...
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WELL THEN... TURN IT UP AND BREAK OFF THE KNOB BOOB.
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This artist makes me want to stick my head in an oven.
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Sorely missed...
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So sad.
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Love him.
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I first heard Nick on a late 70's sampler record and was immediately hooked. Even his instrumental s are brilliant. HIs unique picking combined with unusual chords and the whispery singing has never been copied. His albums are never far from the player.
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Thank you Pandora for finding him for me. My favorite is Man in the Shed.
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Most devastating, hauntingly sad song of all time is Fruit Tree - listen to the lyrics and see if he's not foreshadowin g his own demise...and fame.
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YES, thank you Pandora for Nick's music. I love Lucinda Williams' cover of Vincent '54. (not sure if that is the right year of the motorcycle).
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I'm like many of you. Missed Nick Drake in his lifetime. Thank you, Pandora. A great talent. Sad to think he died too young. He never achieved the recognition he deserved during his short time on Earth but with Pandora spreading The Word, I hope he's never forgotten. May he rest in peace, in Heaven with his guitar.
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I too didn't notice you while you were here and found you long after you left us. Such beauty in your lyrics and music!
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Love this music he left~~~~RIP Mr Drake~~~~ your music is appreciated and it lives on~~~~~
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cswigart91
Beautiful... . . he didn't intend to take his life - prescribed narcotics took his life. Sad.
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A cornerstone of my musical foundation. Nick Drake.
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Wow I can't believe you came and left so soon and I never noticed. Grateful at discovering your music. Huge talent!
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Brilliance at its best~~~
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erex56
Touches me and I'm thankful
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Spells and smells of magic.. Enchanted with a broken heart
Always and forever longing for you
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garrickconne c t i o n
How could Nick Drake sneak under my radar? Truly a great artist!
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captaindvorn i k
His mother
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Who sang with Drake in "All my trials"????? Anybody know out there?!?!?
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Better late than never.....
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How could I get to my 50's without ever hearing this most amazing talent before? For a great tribute to Nick, see www DOT stitcher DOT com/podcast/ 9 9 - i n v i s i b l e / e / 1 4 1 - t h r e e - r e c o r d s - f r o m - s u n d o w n - 3 6 0 3 1 1 6 7
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Amazing~~~~~ ~ ~ ~
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gamcneir4
To the person that mentioned Molly Drake.. Beautiful! His mom and Nick were born in Burma. I need to read more, I bought the book Pink Moon and will start reading it tonight. I'm so intrigued with him and now his family. Thank you Rack city scouser!
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gamcneir4
Pink Moon was playing on Pandora while I was driving. I took a photo to learn what song and musician, I came across that photo months later. I was first in disbelief of the dates of the recorded songs I was finding, late 60s and early 70s. Still thinking it was the wrong musician I found out it was him. Then reading more about him, his life was short lived and many years ago, 16 June 1948-
25 November 1974, he was 26 years old when he took his life. I always thought he was much older because
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Pepe Hernandez, Love it! Bless.
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zenshinestud i o
a bridge supported by pain and loneliness.. . .
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I rediscovered Nick Drake in my late 50's. His music is timeless and not bound by a generation.. . . b u t spans them and builds a bridge.


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We are all prisoners within our own bodies and minds, yet not the soul. Little by little drop all that binds you, become freer - lighten your load, soul, so that it can forever soar. That is why angels have wings, they are so light, unattached, unbound, that they fly! The importance now is the destination, soar while you can, the journey is the destination.
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In reference to the person who commented on being stuck in the 60s I much rather be stuck in the 60s in so many ways then in the 2000's!! Just listen and maybe you'll understand why.
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I'd read somewhere that Nick Drake tuned his guitar to give it a unique sound -- slack string, slack key -- something like that -- loosening the strings more than the norm.
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Three Hours: good song
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"I saw it written and I heard it said / pink moon is on it's way....pink pink pink, pink moon." Nick Drake reminds me of Elliot Smith. Sort of single note, but does it well, and the fact that they can make it sound original each time is perhaps less of an indictment of their monotony than a testament to their skill. After all, painters and sculptors spend entire careers probing a single subject or form or color.
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Sarah who!! :-)
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irvd2x
Ignore Sarah below me.

This guitar accompanimen t to Nick Drakes Black eyed Dog is so inventive and effective in its contribution to the song that it surpasses in its simplicity the endless guitar god competitions going on between his contemporari e s . . good as they were.Drake was the real deal.
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slofolksmusi c
A poet with a beautiful voice...so genuine...so sad...
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His song River Man was the closing song in the movie A Perfect Man. It was also beautiful. Check it out. Too bad gone too soon-damned depression! Poor fellow.
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