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Nick Drake
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:58:17 AM »

Enjoying Nick Drake's stuff I found this fascinating article about his mothers songwriting.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2014/02/molly-drake
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 05:30:32 PM »

Interesting. Nick Drake is one of those artists that I urgently need to listen to. I don't have anything by him, but from what I've heard/read, he sounds like my kind of artist.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 07:08:36 PM »

What I don't get about Nick Drake is why almost everyone seems to see Pink Moon as his great masterpiece. I think it's easily his weakest album. Bryter Layter is so mucn better IMO.
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 08:51:30 AM »

Nick Drake had some very nice stuff. He was unfortunate to not get a bit more attention when he was living. I'm not sure he would have been a number 1 hit artist but he deserved a decent following.

He's not unlike Ralph McTell but McTell had the massive Streets of London hit to sustain his career.

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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 09:55:19 AM »

Agree Joost. I quite like Five Leaves Left-features two of my favourites Time has Told Me and River Man
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014, 10:37:29 AM »

Any reason why this thread is 'sticky'?
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2014, 02:46:06 AM »

Is it something I did when setting up the thread? I certainly didnt intend it.
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2014, 03:24:35 AM »

No, Moog.  A moderator probably pushed the wrong button.










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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2014, 07:43:10 AM »

There's nothing I don't like about Nick Drake and I never play only one song, it has to be the whole LP, and almost always four or five times on the spin.

In my recent and on-going clear out, the first three CDs to be put back on the shelf as 'going nowhere' were 'Five Leaves Left', 'Bryter Layter' and 'Pink Moon'.
I won't tell you what the first three to go were, as I'd probably get slaughtered!
(Oh, OK then, the initials of the band's name were 'L' and 'Z').
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2014, 03:40:06 PM »

Is it something I did when setting up the thread? I certainly didnt intend it.

Appearently I did it at some point by mistake. Barry unsticked it, so it's all good now.
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2014, 06:57:34 AM »

Good news.....the 'lost' 5-tracks from a 1969 John Peel Session have been found!

Slightly less good news.....it's being released on vinyl, a format most people no longer use.

Very bad news.....it's only available via a book which costs £150.

The Record Industry in 2014, eh?
It's almost geared up to make you NOT spend your money.
No wonder it's in turmoil.
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2014, 04:59:18 PM »

What I don't get about Nick Drake is why almost everyone seems to see Pink Moon as his great masterpiece. I think it's easily his weakest album. Bryter Layter is so mucn better IMO.

Just shows how little I know.... I always took "Bryter Later" to be his acknowledged magnum opus (sorry OBS, but I too had a recent CD clear out and this one was an early casualty.... although I did offload at least four Led Zep albums in the same purge!)

"Five Leaves Left" is the other popular one I'm aware of - I've never even heard of "Pink Moon"!

I do wonder if he'd command quite the same reverence today had he lived. Moog mentioned Ralph McTell and that's a good comparison in my opinion.
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Re: Nick Drake
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2014, 06:17:06 PM »

A lot of folk/pysch has enjoyed a renaissance long after the 60s.....Rodriguez, Linda Perhacs, Bill Fay, Anne Briggs, Vashti Bunyan.....and all of them are still alive.

Mercifully in Nick's case, he didn't make a bad record (31 almost perfect songs) and, for whatever reasons, got out just as the industry might have foisted awful production on his records. A Nick Drake record in 1983, no thanks!
He also had a very sympathetic record label (Island).

Death helps the mystique for many (unfortunately); but I think fantastic songs, wonderful production and beautiful LP sleeves matter more.
I, for one, would revere these three LPs if he was still alive. I revere the Incredible String Band's LPs and they're both still with us.   
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