The discography of Nick Drake , an English folk musician and singer-songwriter, consists of three studio albums , five singles , seven compilation albums , two box sets , one video album and various soundtrack and compilation appearances. While Drake was attending University of Cambridge in , he was introduced to the American record producer Joe Boyd and signed a contract to Island Records. Drake released his debut studio album, Five Leaves Left , in July The recording sessions and post-production of the album were difficult due to creative differences between Drake and production personnel.
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By , the year-old was overwhelmed by depression and had lost all confidence as a live performer. Drake did not know what he wanted on the cover of his new album, except that it had to feature a pink moon. The album, which is only 28 minutes long, has an unsettling simplicity.
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June 19, Though his career spanned only three albums, the influence of Nick Drake can be felt in a diverse range of later releases. The colour of his tone was gentle, smooth and intimate—descriptors which belie the power of his music and the weight of his legacy. In life, he was far from a star, but over the decades, his enigmatic body of work has been pored over by artists and fans alike, providing a rich source of inspiration. Though the contemplative soundscapes of Drake ultimately became more memorable than most, he was still a product of his environment and generation.
To mark his anniversary, we're revisiting Adrienne Murphy's reflections on his legacy, originally published in Hot Press in , following the release of Drake's compilation album, A Treasury. At the time of his death the reclusive Drake was barely known outside a circle of devout admirers. This is deep, beautiful music that rewards repeated listening; songs that you want to learn so you can carry them in your heart. But here is the original, with the high lyricism and musical knowledge — hear those classical string and jazzy brass arrangements! In classic romantic poetry, he sings of mortality in a way that hints at his own demise. A Treasury provides an excellent starting point from which to explore the work of this man, whose extraordinary sensitivity was both his shining star and the black dog that chased him, too young, from this world.