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Family Tree is the first real collection of unreleased Nick Drake recordings since 1987’s Time of No Reply. 2004’s Made to Love Magic uncovered a single track, “Tow the Line,” but Family Tree officially brings out home recordings by Drake that have been surfacing on low-quality bootlegs for years. Drake’s death at 26 in 1974, after just three excellent studio albums and very little public profile, have made him that most mysterious of legends, and the cult has been growing steadily. The Nick Drake that presents himself on these home work tapes, however, is still evolving into an English folksinger. His originals — “Blossom,” “Bird Flew By,” “Rain” — contain the Drake mystique, but mostly these are blues and folk traditionals, with a smattering of Jackson C. Frank (“Here Come the Blues,” “Blues Run the Game,” “Kimbie”), Bob Dylan (“Tomorrow Is a Long Time”) and a touching duet with sister Gabrielle on the old spiritual “All My Trials.” Drake’s mom Molly is featured on the track “Poor Mum,” rounding out the “Family Tree” concept.

Customer Reviews

A perfect companion

Although this compilation isn't perfect, its little flaws and imperfections are what make it so warm and endearing; from the snatches of mid-song chatter to the warm laughter of the man himself. Drake's cover of Jackson Franck's "Blues Run The Game" is absolutely heartbreaking. Its bittersweet rushes and cloying harmonies are reason enough to purchase this album. Light a smoke, pour a drink, and let this record lull you into a state of unconsciousness, more conscious than ever before. Like Dustin Hoffman's listless protagonist in The Graduate, you will feel helpless, floating, absorbed by the tides around you. And it is only within these waters that we can claim the true meaning of being human: being one blade of grass in an endless meadow, bending to the whim of some strange and cruel storm.

Sad to've just discovered Drake

I'm at least 2 decades too late to change the past & Nick Drake is long gone, yet having just 'found' him musically now I also have to accept that this musician who was the equal of any & superior to most of what was out there is gone forever. Never mind Michael Jackson,here was a REAL talent gone way too soon whose music is inspiring new fans even after he's been gone for almost 30 years! I'm so glad to've found his music, just sad that He never got to know how much of his music was & would be loved -this album is fantastic & sounds ever better with each listen! Worth buying & recommending to all your friends!!!

Oh sigh!!! Simply beautiful.

I absolutely love Nick Drake's music. This album, of the home recordings, captures little giggles and mistakes. When you listen to this album it's almost as if your there, watching him (and his family perform). It is really sweet. I do wish that his mother, Molly and his sister Gabrielle had done more recordings. What a talented family!!!


Born: June 19, 1948 in Rangoon, Burma

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, Nick Drake produced several albums of chilling, somber beauty. With hindsight, these have come to be recognized as peak achievements of both the British folk-rock scene and the entire rock singer/songwriter genre. Sometimes compared to Van Morrison, Drake in fact resembled Donovan much more in his breathy vocals, strong melodies, and the acoustic-based orchestral sweep of his arrangements. His was a much darker vision than Donovan's,...
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