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Old 04-28-2006, 11:03 PM   #1
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The Nick Drake thread.

I don't think there has been a thread about Nick Drake here, so this is it.

What do you guys think of the music Nick wrote during his short time as a recording artist? Favourite songs, albums, etc. I don't have all of his work - only Pink Moon and Bryter Layter, still have to get Five Leaves Left - but I really enjoy what I've heard from him. I like Pink Moon a lot more than Bryter Layter (which suffers a little from that overly "70s sound" I think.) It's really beautiful stuff, and no-one could accuse him of over-production on it. I also feel that his lyrics are quite fantastic on that album in particular. Things Behind The Sun, Parasite, From The Morning, and Road are rather brilliant.

I think it's a shame that he never received the kind of appreciation that he should have received while he was still alive.
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My email (theatrefullofsadness@gmail.com) is from a line in 'Fruit Tree'.

Everytime I listen to him I get the image of rainy London streets in the 1970s. Good stuff.
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His music is beautiful...
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There is/was a student at the university where I work named Nick Drake. He wasn't as excited about his name as I was, though.
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Re: The Nick Drake thread.

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I think it's a shame that he never received the kind of appreciation that he should have received while he was still alive.
There is a certain allure to dead artists and musicians. There's no certainty that anyone would be listening to his music today had he not died. Sad, but true.

I enjoy his music quite a bit. There's a certain timeless melancholy to his work.

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All I have is 'Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake' but he really is something else. I love the simplicity to the music, and it just conveys a specific feeling that a lot of other artists try (and fail) to capture.

One of my first exposures to Nick Drake was Wes Anderson's use of "Fly" in the Royal Tenenbaums for the scene when Richie leaves the hospital. Having an artist's song in my favorite movie of all time is a good way to get my attention and get me more into his music.
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All I have is 'Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake' but he really is something else. I love the simplicity to the music, and it just conveys a specific feeling that a lot of other artists try (and fail) to capture.

One of my first exposures to Nick Drake was Wes Anderson's use of "Fly" in the Royal Tenenbaums for the scene when Richie leaves the hospital. Having an artist's song in my favorite movie of all time is a good way to get my attention and get me more into his music.
That movie is in my top ten. I Love it so much. I remember seeing for the first time and being blown away, which NEVER happens when I see movies.
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Nice to see some fans around here. And you're right, melon, regarding the allure. I still think it's a shame, though.

imp13, you should try to get your hands on Pink Moon. Way To Blue is missing Road, Horn, and Parasite, which I feel are some of his most beautiful songs. And throughout that whole album, Nick really managed to create the illusion that there was far more going on in the music, when it was mainly just him and his guitar. It's kind of hard to believe it just is vocals and guitar.
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Nice to see some fans around here. And you're right, melon, regarding the allure. I still think it's a shame, though.

imp13, you should try to get your hands on Pink Moon. Way To Blue is missing Road, Horn, and Parasite, which I feel are some of his most beautiful songs. And throughout that whole album, Nick really managed to create the illusion that there was far more going on in the music, when it was mainly just him and his guitar. It's kind of hard to believe it just is vocals and guitar.
Pink Moon was my first exposure to Nick
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imp13, you should try to get your hands on Pink Moon. Way To Blue is missing Road, Horn, and Parasite, which I feel are some of his most beautiful songs. And throughout that whole album, Nick really managed to create the illusion that there was far more going on in the music, when it was mainly just him and his guitar. It's kind of hard to believe it just is vocals and guitar.
I can find some links for it easily, and I will later today on your recommendation. Right now all my traffic and rapidsharre allotment is going towards the damn Arcadium Stadium Uranium Deposits.

But I will grab Pink Moon later and give it a listen. VW commercial
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His music is some of the most haunting, thought provoking i have ever heard...
you can feel his emotions and see london of that era through his songs...
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I haven't really had the chance to explore him fully, but what I've heard I've loved.

Would Pink Moon be a good starting point?
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I haven't really had the chance to explore him fully, but what I've heard I've loved.

Would Pink Moon be a good starting point?
Oh yes, or Bryter Later, five leaves left...
I am rather partial to Nick so I think they are all worth getting...
But... If you can only get one, start with Pink Moon
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