Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake

Performers Nick Drake

Hannibal Records | August 1, 2000 | Compact Disc

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Between 1968 and 1972, Britain's Nick Drake recorded three albums. His untimely death cut short a career that was already beginning to bloom. A unique artist with a sad, smooth, haunting voice, his impact on British Folk-Rock is undeniable. Way To Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake gives an overview of the work he completed and includes all of his best songs like "Pink Moon," the title track "Way to Blue" and "Cello Song." An exceptional artist, Drake has earned great recognition with his three beautiful recordings - both in the UK and beyond - and listening to him shows why. Like the moon itself, his voice drifts and hovers, a light-tinged power that peers, immortal yet untouchable, from within the dark night. Backed by skilled acoustics, his music is magic.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 1, 2000

Genre: British Folk Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 0

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1994

Label Name: Hannibal Records

UPC: 731452400727

Found in: British Folk Rock

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Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake

Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake

Performers Nick Drake

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 1, 2000

Genre: British Folk Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 0

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1994

Label Name: Hannibal Records

UPC: 731452400727


See artistic credits for this CD
Title Track Time
1.Cello Song --
2.Hazey Jane I --
3.Way To Blue --
4.Things Behind The Sun --
5.River Man --
6.Poor Boy --
7.Time Of No Reply --
8.From The Morning --
9.One Of These Things First --
10.Northern Sky --
11.Which Will --
12.Hazey Jane II --
13.Time Has Told Me --
14.Pink Moon --
15.Black Eyed Dog --
16.Fruit Tree --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Nick Drake (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano); Richard Thompson (guitar); Clare Lowther (cello); Ray Warleigh (alto saxophone); John Cale (piano, organ); Chris McGregor, Paul Harris (piano); Dave Pegg, Ed Carter, Danny Thompson (bass); Dave Mattacks, Mike Kowalski (drums); Rocki Dzidzornu (congas); Pat Arnold, Doris Troy (background vocals).
Includes liner notes by Joe Boyd.
WAY TO BLUE: AN INTRODUCTION TO NICK DRAKE is the perfect title for this well-compiled collection that exemplifies the full breadth of Drake's work. From the lush orchestrations of FIVE LEAVES LEFT and BRYTER LAYTER to the sparse acoustic guitar work of PINK MOON and the posthumous TIME OF NO REPLY, WAY TO BLUE features a handful of songs from each album, compiled and sequenced by Drake's friend and producer Joe Boyd.
Opening with the gorgeous "Cello Song," the album moves from BRYTER LAYTER's "Hazey Jane I" to the title track, which features Drake's delicate vocals alone over a symphonic swell. Also included are the haunting "River Man," the reflective "One of These Things First," and the melancholy "Time of No Reply," in addition to Drake's most well-known tune, "Pink Moon." Each song presented here (and, in fact, every Nick Drake song) is a testament to his beautifully subdued voice and proficient acoustic guitar playing, offering further evidence of his still-growing influence decades after his death.
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