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Nick Drake|Made To Love Magic

Made To Love Magic

Nick Drake

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Hunger for "new" Nick Drake material had reached enough of a fever pitch by the 21st century for Island to try digging up enough for this odd patchwork collection, combining outtakes with remixes of tracks that had been previously issued on the Time of No Reply album. The result is a curious disc that's not quite an anthology of wholly previously unreleased material, and thus of somewhat limited value to Drake collectors, though it contains much good music. The only song here previously unavailable in any form is the 1974 outtake "Tow the Line," a melancholic solo acoustic performance (as are most of the tracks on the CD) that's well up to the standards of Pink Moon and the 1974 tracks that previously surfaced on Time of No Reply. Also new to official release are spring 1968 solo acoustic versions of "River Man" (later to appear on Five Leaves Left with orchestration) and "Mayfair" (a later recording of which was used on Time of No Reply), as well as a March 1969 version of "Three Hours" that's longer than the one later cut for Five Leaves Left. There's also a newly discovered take of "Hanging on a Star" (one of the 1974 outtakes used on Time of No Reply) with a different vocal. The differences between these and the familiar studio renditions aren't knock-your-socks-off different, but certainly good and well worth hearing by Drake cultists. It's the rest of the material that might be the target of criticism from concerned consumers, whether for posthumous tampering or redundancy with previously available albums. Most controversially, two tracks from Time of No Reply -- "Time of No Reply" itself and "I Was Made to Love Magic" (the latter here, for some reason, retitled simply "Magic") -- have been altered to include Robert Kirby's original orchestral arrangements, recorded in 2003. Actually in both instances, the substituted orchestration is integrated very tastefully, but it can never be answered whether Drake himself would have approved or had it done the exact same way. The remaining cuts are simply remixes or remasterings of six songs that appeared on Time of No Reply, the remixes of the 1974 songs "Black Eyed Dog," "Rider on the Wheel," and "Voices" (originally titled "Voice from the Mountain" when it first appeared on Time of No Reply) being done by the original recording engineer, John Wood. Though those remixes of the 1974 tracks in particular are an improvement (the songs on the original release had been mixed onto a mono listening tape), again it's not the sort of thing that will generate revelations unless you're an audiophile. As everything Drake recorded was worth hearing, this CD too is quite worthy judged in isolation, and certainly full of the subdued mystery the singer/songwriter brought to his music. It's just not the gold mine of discoveries for which some might have hoped.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Rider On The Wheel
00:02:37

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

2
Magic (Orchestrated Version 2)
00:02:46

Joe Boyd, Producer - Robert Kirby, Producer - John Wood, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

3
River Man (Cambridge Version)
00:04:00

Robert Kirby, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Wood, Producer - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

4
Joey
00:03:02

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

5
Thoughts Of Mary Jane
00:03:38

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

6
Mayfair (Cambridge Version)
00:02:11

Robert Kirby, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Wood, Producer - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

7
Hanging On A Star
00:03:22

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

8
Three Hours (Alternate Version)
00:05:11

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

9
Clothes Of Sand
00:02:30

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

10
Voices
00:03:45

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

11
Time Of No Reply (Orchestrated Version)
00:02:46

Joe Boyd, Producer - Robert Kirby, Producer - John Wood, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

12
Black Eyed Dog
00:03:27

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

13
Tow The Line
00:02:16

Joe Boyd, Producer - John Wood, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Drake, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vic Gamm, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

Album Description

Hunger for "new" Nick Drake material had reached enough of a fever pitch by the 21st century for Island to try digging up enough for this odd patchwork collection, combining outtakes with remixes of tracks that had been previously issued on the Time of No Reply album. The result is a curious disc that's not quite an anthology of wholly previously unreleased material, and thus of somewhat limited value to Drake collectors, though it contains much good music. The only song here previously unavailable in any form is the 1974 outtake "Tow the Line," a melancholic solo acoustic performance (as are most of the tracks on the CD) that's well up to the standards of Pink Moon and the 1974 tracks that previously surfaced on Time of No Reply. Also new to official release are spring 1968 solo acoustic versions of "River Man" (later to appear on Five Leaves Left with orchestration) and "Mayfair" (a later recording of which was used on Time of No Reply), as well as a March 1969 version of "Three Hours" that's longer than the one later cut for Five Leaves Left. There's also a newly discovered take of "Hanging on a Star" (one of the 1974 outtakes used on Time of No Reply) with a different vocal. The differences between these and the familiar studio renditions aren't knock-your-socks-off different, but certainly good and well worth hearing by Drake cultists. It's the rest of the material that might be the target of criticism from concerned consumers, whether for posthumous tampering or redundancy with previously available albums. Most controversially, two tracks from Time of No Reply -- "Time of No Reply" itself and "I Was Made to Love Magic" (the latter here, for some reason, retitled simply "Magic") -- have been altered to include Robert Kirby's original orchestral arrangements, recorded in 2003. Actually in both instances, the substituted orchestration is integrated very tastefully, but it can never be answered whether Drake himself would have approved or had it done the exact same way. The remaining cuts are simply remixes or remasterings of six songs that appeared on Time of No Reply, the remixes of the 1974 songs "Black Eyed Dog," "Rider on the Wheel," and "Voices" (originally titled "Voice from the Mountain" when it first appeared on Time of No Reply) being done by the original recording engineer, John Wood. Though those remixes of the 1974 tracks in particular are an improvement (the songs on the original release had been mixed onto a mono listening tape), again it's not the sort of thing that will generate revelations unless you're an audiophile. As everything Drake recorded was worth hearing, this CD too is quite worthy judged in isolation, and certainly full of the subdued mystery the singer/songwriter brought to his music. It's just not the gold mine of discoveries for which some might have hoped.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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