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Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon and Heaven Is A Wild Flower

Review by Martin Aston, Q, August 1990

RAISED BY UPPER-middle class parents in the Black Country, educated at public school and Cambridge, Nick Drake's life was never as comfortable as his upbringing ...

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Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (Island)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

I DON'T think I've been so impressed by an unknown singer/songwriter since I got the Duncan Browne album on Immediate, eighteen months ago, (why don't ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, March 1971

THIS IS A particularly difficult album to come to any firm conclusion on. For one thing the reaction it produced depends very much on the ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Layter

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

I GET THE FEELING that only a Joe Boyd-Paul Harris alliance could have produced such a superb album as this. And once again a great ...

Something else for Nick? An interview with Nick Drake

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

NICK DRAKE IS A SHY, INTROVERTED folk singer who is not usually known to speak unless it is absolutely necessary. But Nick is not the ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

ISLAND APPEARED to have forgotten about Nick Drake until he ambled into the offices one day and presented them with this album. No one knew ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1972

JOHN MARTYN told me about Nick Drake in ecstatic terms and so it seemed the natural thing to do, bag the album when it came ...

Nick Drake: Requiem For A Solitary Man

Obituary by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1975

ON OCTOBER 25th, 1974, at approximately six in the morning Nick Drake, a 26-yearold singer/songwriter, died from an overdose of Typtasol, an antidepressant, in the ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later

Review by Stephen Demorest, Rolling Stone, June 1977

NICK DRAKE may be the most ethereal recording artist I've ever heard. His fleeting career — the moody, mysterious music, the remote relationship with his ...

Drake's Progress

Review and Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, August 1986

NICK DRAKE was one of Britain's finest folksingers. Now Hannibal Records have re-released his complete works – and included some previously unavailable songs. LEN BROWN ...

Deja Vu: Nick Drake

Retrospective by Len Brown, New Musical Express, March 1989

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left ...

Nick Drake: Way To Blue

Review by Mark Cooper, MOJO, June 1994

WHEN NICK DRAKE'S Five Leaves Left first came out in 1968, albums with gatefold sleeves by moody songwriters accompanied by orchestras were almost two a ...

Nick Drake: Way To Blue (Island)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, July 1994

IN FEBRUARY 1972, upon the release of Pink Moon, Nick Drake's third and final album proper, the press information issued by Island Records ran, in ...

Hanging On A Star: In Memory of Nick Drake

Retrospective by Gerrie Lim, BigO, November 1994

HIS MUSIC IS as evocative and haunting as ever, though much of his life remains mysterious. Nick Drake died 20 years ago this month, on ...

The Sad Ballad of Nick Drake

Essay by Mick Brown, Sunday Telegraph, July 1997

His records didn't sell while he lived. But since Nick Drake's untimely death he has become an icon. Mick Brown reports on a very English ...

Nick Drake: Exiled From Heaven

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, MOJO, January 2000

DURING THE ACADEMIC year of 1968-9, Cambridge University felt an alien influence from beyond its ancient facade of curtain walls and quiet quadrangles. Sober flag-stones ...

Nick Drake

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

"I was born to sail away into a land of forever/not to be tied to an old stone grave/in your land of never" — Nick ...

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left****; Bryter Layter****; Pink Moon*****

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2000

Lost poet's main works re-released ...

Nick Drake: Stranger To The World

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Paphides, Observer Music Monthly, April 2004

Nick Drake's rare talent was almost ignored in his brief lifetime. Since his suicide 30 years ago, his legend has grown and now the discovery ...

Brighter Very Much Later: Nick Drake

Retrospective by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, May 2004

POSTHUMOUS ACCLAIM is not uncommon in rock - "death sells" and all that - but the clamour surrounding the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake gets more ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Later (Island, 1970)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, June 2004

THE CULT OF Nick Drake, posh Lost Boy of post-folk singer-songwriting, shows little sign of abating. That’s because his mellow, Colin Blunstone-ish burr of a ...

The Enigma's Variations: Darker Than The Deepest Sea: The Search For Nick by Trevor Dann ***

Book Review by Colin Irwin, MOJO, March 2006

A bold attempt to unravel the tragic secrets of an enduring, but still elusive, cult hero, says Colin Irwin ...

Nick Drake: Family Tree

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2007

LISTEN TO NICK DRAKE with one ear and you'll hear a (self-)parody of the Sensitive Young Troubadour – the posh Poor Boy, long ways from ...

Nick Drake's Black Eyed Dog

Comment by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, October 2007

HOW MANY of us wish we could have seen and heard Ellington's Jump For Joy musical at the Mayan Theatre, Charlie Parker at the Finale ...

Robert Kirby, 1948-2009

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, October 2009

IN HIS FIRST YEAR as a music student at Cambridge University, Robert Kirby sought to join Footlights, the undergraduates' fabled arts and drama club. He ...

Nick Drake and Five Leaves Left: An Interview with Omnibus' Chris Charlesworth

Interview by Eddie Blower, unpublished, 2010

In 2010, Chris Charlesworth was interviewed by Eddie Blower about Nick Drake and Five Years Left for an unpublished article. ...

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