Nick Drake A Treasury on LP
Nick Drake's avid cult following continues to grow as does the list of contemporary artists who cite the legendary singer/songwriter as an inspiration - from R.E.M., Paul Weller, Travis, Portishead, The Coral and Coldplay to David Gray, Super Furry Animals and Beth Orton. Best of compilation, A Treasury (Island/UMe), brings Drake's somber beauty to the LP format.
The 15-selection is Drake's definitive collection, both the perfect introduction to a talented and sadly missed artist and an essential companion to his rarities release, Made To Love Magic, issued in 2004 to critical acclaim. The album spans his three studio LPs, Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970) and Pink Moon (1972) as well as a pair of recordings heard on Made To Love Magic.
Joe Boyd, who produced such Brit folk-rock heavyweights as Fairport Convention and The Incredible String Band, signed the 20-year-old to a contract in 1968. The haunting, evocative Five Leaves Left appeared the following year and included the illustrious Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention on electric guitar and Pentangle's Danny Thompson on bass. A Treasury culls its "River Man," "Cello Song," "Fruit Tree" and "Way To Blue."
Bryter Layter was perhaps his most upbeat album. The recording returned Thompson and also spotlighted his Fairport Convention mates Dave Pegg on bass and Dave Mattacks on drums. Underground rock legend John Cale contributed keyboards and viola. A Treasury takes that album's "Introduction," "Hazey Jane I," "Hazey Jane II," "Northern Sky" and "Poor Boy."
1972's Pink Moon was Drake's final album. A desolate solo acoustic album, with only his vocals, guitar and piano, Pink Moon ranks as one of the bleakest in all of rock. Heard on A Treasury are the title track, "Place To Be," "Road" and "From The Morning." Offered from Made To Love Magic are "Black Eyed Dog" (from his final studio session in February 1974) and "Magic." The latter hails from 1968 when Drake attended Cambridge University and fellow student Robert Kirby recorded him; "Magic" was recreated by Kirby in 2003 and heard for the first time with its original arrangement on Made To Love Magic.
Often struggling with severe depression, Drake's all-too-brief lifetime and career came to an end when he died at the age of 26 on November 26, 1974, from an overdose of antidepressant medication. For millions of viewers, a Volkswagen TV commercial in 2000 featuring "Pink Moon" was the first time they heard Nick Drake. A Treasury helps keep his magic alive.
Nick Drake A Treasury Track Listing:
2. Hazey Jane II
3. River Man
4. Cello Song
5. Hazey Jane I
6. Pink Moon
7. Poor Boy
9. Place To Be
10. Northern Sky
12. Fruit Tree
13. Black Eyed Dog
14. Way To Blue
15. From The Morning