72 Songs, 3 Hours 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nick Drake’s whispery, autumnal folk takes William Blake’s lyrical wonder at the natural world and places it against masterful finger-style acoustic guitar. His bewitching songs sparkle with jazzy sophistication (“Northern Sky”) or hang heavy with somber orchestration (“Way to Blue”). This set brings together all his available songs from the turn of the ‘70s, showcasing his short journey from ghostly chamber pop (“River Man”) to eerie pastoral ballads (“Pink Moon”) to the haunted man of his final recordings (“Black Eyed Dog”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nick Drake’s whispery, autumnal folk takes William Blake’s lyrical wonder at the natural world and places it against masterful finger-style acoustic guitar. His bewitching songs sparkle with jazzy sophistication (“Northern Sky”) or hang heavy with somber orchestration (“Way to Blue”). This set brings together all his available songs from the turn of the ‘70s, showcasing his short journey from ghostly chamber pop (“River Man”) to eerie pastoral ballads (“Pink Moon”) to the haunted man of his final recordings (“Black Eyed Dog”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
56 Ratings
56 Ratings
LC08 ,

Wonderful music, disappointing package

Nick Drake's melancholy, low-fi music is indisputedly great. There's a raw intimacy to these recordings that's hard to find and even harder to fake, and his discography has become highly sought in recent years.

Unfortunately in preparing this 'digital box set' for the market, Island records have failed to include a digital booklet, track notes, bio information, etc., or indeed any of the supplementary material that is key to enjoying a box set.

5 stars for the music, -2 for the thrown-together feel of this package. Until record companies make consistent use of the digital booklet/iTunes LP features, a digital box set will be no substitute for the real thing.

Soul Doubt ,

Tragic and Beautiful

A great look at one of the most introspective song writers ever. While lacking the obligatory liner notes that typically accompany a collection of this magnitude, what we are left with with are the songs that defined Nick Drake. While some of the more commercial tunes are of course included ("Pink Moon" & "From the Morning"), the remained of the collection offers listeners a thorough look at the career that was cut all too short by alcohol, depression, and drugs use. The clean, lo-fi recordings offer the essence of his music: beautiful guitar work, wonderful melodies, and soul searching lyrics. It might be suggested that those looking for a more concise introduction to Nick Drake purchase his most successful album (Pink Moon); however, those who are looking for a comprehensive collection will probably be satisfied with the depth and breadth of this set.

hal2k ,

Classically Doomed

Nick Drake is in one aspect like Vincent Van Gogh - appreciated by a few, ignored by many - and many years later appreciated as a unique voice at the nexus of late 60's and early 70's contemporary folk in Great Britain. It is easy to cast him in the romantic role of tortured artist who prematurely dies (due to either accidental or on purpose overdose of antidepressants). His best music is moody and spare, with a unique guitar playing style and tuning.

This collection is even bigger than the 4 CD box set "Fruit Tree", which contained his three completed albums, and an additional CD of music which matches the quality of the other, commercially released material. Here we get that same content, and even more extras, alternate versions and songs covered by other artists. For the completists, this is likely a must-buy - but if you already have Fruit Tree you have the majority of his best material, plus some very nice packaging. At the end of the day - if you don't have Fruit Tree - this represents the best bargain in terms of getting all of his music in one place.

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