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For many years after his death, unreleased home tapes that Nick Drake made shortly before beginning his official recording career have been bootlegged among collectors. The 28 songs on Family Tree add up to an extensive (though not quite complete, missing some minor covers like "Get Together," "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," and "Summertime") compilation of the performances he recorded on such equipment before he cut his debut album, 1969's Five Leaves Left. The bulk of it, and the part that's been oft-bootlegged, was recorded on a reel-reel at his family home (and include a vocal duet between him and sister Gabrielle Drake on "All My Trials," though otherwise they're all solo performances). Less familiar, and hence probably new even to many hardcore Drake collectors, are eight songs taped on cassette somewhat earlier during his spring 1967 stay in Aix-En-Provence in France, as well as a couple of earlier versions of songs that later appeared on Five Leaves Left that were taped by Robert Kirby in 1968, and a couple recordings of songs sung and played (on piano) by Nick's mother, Molly Drake. Many Drake fans will already be familiar with the performances he taped at his family home, but the cleaned-up sound here makes this disc much easier to listen to than those earlier unauthorized releases, though everything's still (inevitably given the sources) a little lo-fi. As for the music, it's a very pleasant and listenable portrait of Drake's folk roots, though not on par (and not meant to be) with his studio releases. For one thing, at this point, he wasn't playing much of his own material; most of the songs are traditional folk tunes, or covers of compositions by '60s folk songwriters that were obviously big influences on Drake, such as Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, and Dylan (and, on "Been Smokin' Too Long," a friend he met in France, Robin Frederick). Also, both his guitar work and singing are more derivative of the likes of Jansch, Donovan, and country bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller (whose "My Baby's So Sweet" he covers here) than they would be by the time he settled into his own style on Five Leaves Left. Still, much of what makes Drake special does come through, even with the relatively low percentage of original material and primitive recording conditions. His folk guitar work is already nimble, but more striking are his vocals, which already boast his characteristic mixture of assured slight smokiness and English reserve. And the few Drake compositions put his reclusive yet poetic world view in greater, more original focus, though it's really only on the songs later used on Five Leaves Left (and, perhaps, the haunting if Donovan-esque "Strange Meeting, Pt. 2") that it becomes fully mature. The two Molly Drake songs, incidentally, aren't mere completist add-ons; they make it clear that she was likely a substantial influence upon her son's melancholy melodies and songwriting, if perhaps a subliminal one. Less essential, though still illuminating for the dedicated Drake fan is a classical instrumental (by "the Family Trio") with Nick on clarinet.
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1
Come Into The Garden (Introduction)
Nick Drake
00:00:32

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

2
They're Leaving Me Behind
Nick Drake
00:03:17

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

3
Time Piece
Nick Drake
00:00:43

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

4
Poor Mum
Nick Drake
00:01:38

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

5
Winter Is Gone
Nick Drake
00:02:43

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

All My Trials

6
All My Trials
Nick Drake
00:01:55

Nick Drake, Artist

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

Kegelstatt Trio For Clarinet, Viola And Piano (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

7
Kegelstatt Trio For Clarinet, Viola And Piano
The Family Trio
00:01:13

The Family Trio, Artist

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

8
Strolling Down The Highway
Nick Drake
00:02:50

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

9
Paddling In Rushmere
Nick Drake
00:00:24

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

10
Cocaine Blues
Nick Drake
00:02:59

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

11
Blossom
Nick Drake
00:02:41

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

12
Been Smoking Too Long
Nick Drake
00:02:13

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

13
Black Mountain Blues
Nick Drake
00:02:36

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

14
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Nick Drake
00:03:42

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

15
If You Leave Me
Nick Drake
00:02:02

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

16
Here Come The Blues
Nick Drake
00:03:53

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

17
Sketch 1
Nick Drake
00:01:00

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

18
Blues Run The Game
Nick Drake
00:02:24

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

19
Milk And Honey
Nick Drake
00:02:59

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

20
Kimbie
Nick Drake
00:03:26

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

21
Bird Flew By
Nick Drake
00:02:54

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

22
Rain
Nick Drake
00:03:07

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

23
Strange Meeting II
Nick Drake
00:04:26

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

24
Day Is Done Family Tree
Nick Drake
00:02:20

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Robert Kirkby

25
Come Into The Garden
Nick Drake
00:02:00

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

26
Way To Blue Family Tree
Nick Drake
00:02:50

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Robert Kirkby

27
Do You Ever Remember?
Nick Drake
00:01:34

Nick Drake, Nick Drake

℗ 2007 Bryter Music

Album Description

For many years after his death, unreleased home tapes that Nick Drake made shortly before beginning his official recording career have been bootlegged among collectors. The 28 songs on Family Tree add up to an extensive (though not quite complete, missing some minor covers like "Get Together," "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," and "Summertime") compilation of the performances he recorded on such equipment before he cut his debut album, 1969's Five Leaves Left. The bulk of it, and the part that's been oft-bootlegged, was recorded on a reel-reel at his family home (and include a vocal duet between him and sister Gabrielle Drake on "All My Trials," though otherwise they're all solo performances). Less familiar, and hence probably new even to many hardcore Drake collectors, are eight songs taped on cassette somewhat earlier during his spring 1967 stay in Aix-En-Provence in France, as well as a couple of earlier versions of songs that later appeared on Five Leaves Left that were taped by Robert Kirby in 1968, and a couple recordings of songs sung and played (on piano) by Nick's mother, Molly Drake. Many Drake fans will already be familiar with the performances he taped at his family home, but the cleaned-up sound here makes this disc much easier to listen to than those earlier unauthorized releases, though everything's still (inevitably given the sources) a little lo-fi. As for the music, it's a very pleasant and listenable portrait of Drake's folk roots, though not on par (and not meant to be) with his studio releases. For one thing, at this point, he wasn't playing much of his own material; most of the songs are traditional folk tunes, or covers of compositions by '60s folk songwriters that were obviously big influences on Drake, such as Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, and Dylan (and, on "Been Smokin' Too Long," a friend he met in France, Robin Frederick). Also, both his guitar work and singing are more derivative of the likes of Jansch, Donovan, and country bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller (whose "My Baby's So Sweet" he covers here) than they would be by the time he settled into his own style on Five Leaves Left. Still, much of what makes Drake special does come through, even with the relatively low percentage of original material and primitive recording conditions. His folk guitar work is already nimble, but more striking are his vocals, which already boast his characteristic mixture of assured slight smokiness and English reserve. And the few Drake compositions put his reclusive yet poetic world view in greater, more original focus, though it's really only on the songs later used on Five Leaves Left (and, perhaps, the haunting if Donovan-esque "Strange Meeting, Pt. 2") that it becomes fully mature. The two Molly Drake songs, incidentally, aren't mere completist add-ons; they make it clear that she was likely a substantial influence upon her son's melancholy melodies and songwriting, if perhaps a subliminal one. Less essential, though still illuminating for the dedicated Drake fan is a classical instrumental (by "the Family Trio") with Nick on clarinet.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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