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Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)

December 8, 2012

[Album 122/1001]

Want to get pumped up before the big game? What a tremendously inappropriate record!

For a quiet evening?  Brilliant.

I recently had the pleasure of seeing ‘an evening of Nick Drake’ in Kingston.  Different singers took turns playing through his catalogue where highlights included Jeremy Fisher’s take on Pink Moon and Kevin Kane’s version of Northern Sky.  Cliché it may be, as good as the musicians were (and good they all were), the songs were the stars.  I suppose the very nice Chalmers United Church acoustics didn’t exactly detract from the sound either.

Many of the featured tunes that night were from this record, Drake’s first of three records before his premature death at age 26.

Based on Five Leaves Left, it’s little wonder his work is still celebrated today.  Gorgeous, subtle tunes with gentle vocals & guitar picking.

No real standouts or skip-worthy tracks, which is likely how it should be for a soundtrack to a pleasant evening.

From → 1960s

  1. I ADORE Nick Drake. I first heard him on a CAR COMMERCIAL remember the Jetta! I feel in LOVE and have been ever since. I am so sad he didn’t stay with us to see all of this love for him. He was ahead of his time.

    • Agreed! Amazing how his even his songs that are just guitar + vocals sound so full, great musician.

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