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Folk - Erschienen am 1. September 1969 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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It's little wonder why Drake felt frustrated at the lack of commercial success his music initially gathered, considering the help he had on his debut record. Besides fine production from Joe Boyd and assistance from folks like Fairport Convention's Richard Thompson and his unrelated bass counterpart from Pentangle, Danny Thompson, Drake also recruited school friend Robert Kirby to create most of the just-right string and wind arrangements. His own performance itself steered a careful balance between too-easy accessibility and maudlin self-reflection, combining the best of both worlds while avoiding the pitfalls on either side. The result was a fantastic debut appearance, and if the cult of Drake consistently reads more into his work than is perhaps deserved, Five Leaves Left is still a most successful effort. Having grown out of the amiable but derivative styles captured on the long-circulating series of bootleg home recordings, Drake imbues his tunes with just enough drama -- world-weariness in the vocals, carefully paced playing, and more -- to make it all work. His lyrics capture a subtle poetry of emotion, as on the pastoral semi-fantasia of "The Thoughts of Mary Jane," which his soft, articulate singing brings even more to the full. Sometimes he projects a little more clearly, as on the astonishing voice-and-strings combination "Way to Blue," while elsewhere he's not so clear, suggesting rather than outlining the mood. Understatement is the key to his songs and performances' general success, which makes the combination of his vocals and Rocky Dzidzornu's congas on "Three Hours" and the lovely "'Cello Song," to name two instances, so effective. Danny Thompson is the most regular side performer on the album, his bass work providing subtle heft while never standing in the way of the song -- kudos well deserved for Boyd's production as well. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Folk - Erschienen am 1. September 1969 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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It's little wonder why Drake felt frustrated at the lack of commercial success his music initially gathered, considering the help he had on his debut record. Besides fine production from Joe Boyd and assistance from folks like Fairport Convention's Richard Thompson and his unrelated bass counterpart from Pentangle, Danny Thompson, Drake also recruited school friend Robert Kirby to create most of the just-right string and wind arrangements. His own performance itself steered a careful balance between too-easy accessibility and maudlin self-reflection, combining the best of both worlds while avoiding the pitfalls on either side. The result was a fantastic debut appearance, and if the cult of Drake consistently reads more into his work than is perhaps deserved, Five Leaves Left is still a most successful effort. Having grown out of the amiable but derivative styles captured on the long-circulating series of bootleg home recordings, Drake imbues his tunes with just enough drama -- world-weariness in the vocals, carefully paced playing, and more -- to make it all work. His lyrics capture a subtle poetry of emotion, as on the pastoral semi-fantasia of "The Thoughts of Mary Jane," which his soft, articulate singing brings even more to the full. Sometimes he projects a little more clearly, as on the astonishing voice-and-strings combination "Way to Blue," while elsewhere he's not so clear, suggesting rather than outlining the mood. Understatement is the key to his songs and performances' general success, which makes the combination of his vocals and Rocky Dzidzornu's congas on "Three Hours" and the lovely "'Cello Song," to name two instances, so effective. Danny Thompson is the most regular side performer on the album, his bass work providing subtle heft while never standing in the way of the song -- kudos well deserved for Boyd's production as well. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1970 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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With even more of the Fairport Convention crew helping him out -- including bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks along with, again, a bit of help from Richard Thompson -- as well as John Cale and a variety of others, Drake tackled another excellent selection of songs on his second album. Demonstrating the abilities shown on Five Leaves Left didn't consist of a fluke, Bryter Layter featured another set of exquisitely arranged and performed tunes, with producer Joe Boyd and orchestrator Robert Kirby reprising their roles from the earlier release. Starting with the elegant instrumental "Introduction," as lovely a mood-setting piece as one would want, Bryter Layter indulges in a more playful sound at many points, showing that Drake was far from being a constant king of depression. While his performances remain generally low-key and his voice quietly passionate, the arrangements and surrounding musicians add a considerable amount of pep, as on the jazzy groove of the lengthy "Poor Boy." The argument could be made that this contravenes the spirit of Drake's work, but it feels more like a calmer equivalent to the genre-sliding experiments of Van Morrison at around the same time. Numbers that retain a softer approach, like "At the Chime of a City Clock," still possess a gentle drive to them. Cale's additions unsurprisingly favor the classically trained side of his personality, with particularly brilliant results on "Northern Sky." As his performances on keyboards and celeste help set the atmosphere, Drake reaches for a perfectly artful reflection on loss and loneliness and succeeds wonderfully. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1972 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1970 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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With even more of the Fairport Convention crew helping him out -- including bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks along with, again, a bit of help from Richard Thompson -- as well as John Cale and a variety of others, Drake tackled another excellent selection of songs on his second album. Demonstrating the abilities shown on Five Leaves Left didn't consist of a fluke, Bryter Layter featured another set of exquisitely arranged and performed tunes, with producer Joe Boyd and orchestrator Robert Kirby reprising their roles from the earlier release. Starting with the elegant instrumental "Introduction," as lovely a mood-setting piece as one would want, Bryter Layter indulges in a more playful sound at many points, showing that Drake was far from being a constant king of depression. While his performances remain generally low-key and his voice quietly passionate, the arrangements and surrounding musicians add a considerable amount of pep, as on the jazzy groove of the lengthy "Poor Boy." The argument could be made that this contravenes the spirit of Drake's work, but it feels more like a calmer equivalent to the genre-sliding experiments of Van Morrison at around the same time. Numbers that retain a softer approach, like "At the Chime of a City Clock," still possess a gentle drive to them. Cale's additions unsurprisingly favor the classically trained side of his personality, with particularly brilliant results on "Northern Sky." As his performances on keyboards and celeste help set the atmosphere, Drake reaches for a perfectly artful reflection on loss and loneliness and succeeds wonderfully. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1972 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2004 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

Kaum ein Name erzeugt unter Singer/Songwritern so viel Ehrfurcht und Bewunderung wie der Nick Drakes. Obwohl der Brite 1974 im Alter von 26 Jahren starb und zu Lebzeiten kaum Aufmerksamkeit erweckte, blieben seine drei Alben mit ihren intimen Texten, der eigenwillig gezupften Gitarre und der melancholischen Stimme eine nie versiegende Inspirationsquelle. Nachdem sie um die Jahrtausendwende im Nice Price-Bereich auf CD erschienen, blieb noch eine Lücke offen: Eine Rarities-Sammlung namens "Time Of No Reply", die in Deutschland nur in einem Box-Set als sündhaft teurer Import zu haben war. "Made To Love Magic" schließt nun weitgehend das Loch, denn nur die hier vertretenen "The Riverman", "Thoughts Of Mary Jane" und "Three Hours" kamen in überarbeiteter Version auf seinem ersten Album "Five Leaves Left" (1969) auf den Markt. Ansonsten handelt es sich um Material, das Drake entweder davor oder nach seinem letzten Werk "Pink Moon" (1972) aufnahm. Dass dabei keine neuen Erkenntnisse entstehen, spielt eine nebensächliche Rolle. Allein das wunderschöne "Clothes Made Of Sand" macht den Einkaufspreis wett. Aber es bleibt nicht bei dem einen Stück; jedes der Lieder vermittelt Ehrlichkeit und eine fast schmerzhafte Zerbrechlichkeit. "Mayfair", "Time Of No Reply" und die Singleauskopplung "Magic" stammen von 1968, als Drake noch in Cambridge studierte und in Kneipen auftrat. Sein Kommilitone Robert Kirby nahm die Stücke auf und zeichnete für die Orchesterbegleitung verantwortlich, die auf "Five Leaves Left" eine zentrale Rolle spielen. Wer nur den Minimalismus von "Pink Moon" kennt, wird bei der üppigen Begleitung eher erstaunt reagieren, zumal Kirby bei der vorliegenden Veröffentlichung die Feder geführt und das eine oder andere Stück nachträglich angereichert hat. Es handelt sich jedoch um eine so behutsame Überarbeitung, dass sie selbst Puristen nicht stören dürfte. Neben der 'Ausschussware' "Joey" und "Clothes Made Of Sand", die es aus Platzgründen nicht aufs Debütalbum schafften, bietet "Made To Love Magic" auch fünf Stücke, die Drake ein Jahr vor seinem Tod aufnahm und die angeblich für ein neues Album gedacht waren. Neben dem Opener "Rider On The Wheel" handelt es sich um "Black Eyed Dog", "Voices" und "Hanging On A Star". "Tow The Line" wurde sogar erst bei der Zusammenstellung dieses Albums entdeckt. Neben einer weiterentwickelten Gitarrentechnik überrascht vor allem die Stimme, die entspannt und fast glücklich klingt. Hatte Drake so etwas wie den inneren Frieden gefunden? Sein früher Tod an einer Überdosis an Medikamenten spricht eher dagegen. "Made To Love Magic" bietet eine gelungene Ergänzung zu den drei offiziellen Alben. Und liefert auch eine Erklärung, warum Drake noch immer soviel Interesse weckt. "Voice from the mountain, voice from the sea, voice in my neighbourhood, and a voice calling me" singt er am Anfang von "Voices". Besser lässt dich die Faszination seiner berührenden Musik kaum erklären. © Laut
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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2004 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2007 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Folk - Erschienen am 9. November 2014 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

Folk - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1972 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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