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The haunting songs of Nick Drake continue to fascinate fans worldwide over 30 years after his untimely death. Beneath his music's delicately melodic surface are depths of emotion and insight few singer-songwriters have approached. Five Leaves Left, his 1969 debut, was recorded while Drake was still a student at Cambridge University. As a singer, he displays self-assurance far beyond his years, combining folk influences with jazz-tinged phrasing. Such tracks as "Way to Blue," "River Man" and "Saturday Sun" capture longing and loss in moody watercolor tones. "Time Has Told Me" and "Thoughts of Mary Jane" are evocative love songs, while "Fruit Tree" ponders the price of fame. Produced by folk-rock maven Joe Boyd, the album's tracks are enhanced by Richard Thompson's tasteful guitar and Robert Kirby's inspired orchestrations. A timelessly beguiling work, Five Leaves Left is the luminous first creation of an artist destined to become a legend.

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Capturing the Soul

It is rare to find artists that can show you things you've never seen, feel things you've never felt, and explain things that could never be put into words. Nick Drake's CD Five Leaves Left is a truly genius fusions of lyrics, melodies, and rhythms, that in my opinion, are unheard of and unparalleled by any other artists to date. The songs blend folk and classical influences covered by a smooth, soft voice that captures your mind, and sets it off into a strange, unfamiliar world. For any first time Drake listeners, I highly recommend the songs Day is Done and River Man. When you first hear them listen only to the haunting puzzles of melodies and allow them to take you away. Once you have let go, play them again listening to the whole song. When they have finished playing you wont feel the need to analyze them because, like all of his songs, you understand them, you just cant explain them.


One needs only to listen to the opening progression and the first lyrics to know that this man was an insightful, brilliant songwriter. Every song on this album is distinctive in its own right. Once you've heard his voice, it lingers in your mind and even though you may not hear it for a very long time, once you do hear it again you know exactly where you were the first time those beautiful notes entered your ear. Nick Drake is a musician's musician, soulful, spellbinding and with a voice so mellow it seems as though the words spill forth from some other time. In my opinion there have been very few debut albums that have such musical clout as Five Leaves Left. If you don't already own a copy of this masterpiece, I suggest you get up from you computer this very instant proceed to your local record'll be glad you did.

Cello Song: What It Feels Like To Leave Your Body

Strange face, with your eyes So pale and sincere. Underneath you know well You have nothing to fear. For the dreams that came to you when so young Told of a life Where spring is sprung. You would seem so frail In the cold of the night When the armies of emotion Go out to fight. But while the earth sinks to its grave You sail to the sky On the crest of a wave. So forget this cruel world Where I belong I'll just sit and wait And sing my song. And if one day you should see me in the crowd Lend a hand and lift me To your place in the cloud. (Buy everything Nick Drake recorded. It will make you a better person)


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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