Nick Drake

A tragic tale of an immensely talented individual, so shy and lacking in self-confidence, that he never lived to experience the full fruits of his labour. Nick Drake only released three full albums, none of which sold any more than 5,000 copies whilst he was alive. The official census is that Nick Drake committed suicide in 1974 by way of an overdose of an anti-depressant drug, although many dispute this and label it as a “tragic accident”.

Nick Drake is a classic tale of an artist becoming hugely more popular after their own death; posthumous. He was a British singer/songwriter that had a unique way of creating very gentle acoustic pieces. His three albums were originally released between 1969 and 1972; Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970), and Pink Moon (1972). In the mid 1980s Drake suddenly began to gain popularity in certain circles, so much so that in 1986 Island released Time of No Reply, an album of previously unreleased material, and then in 1994 a “best of” album named Way to Blue was released. But it was the year 2000 that saw the release of Nick Drake’s original albums, re-released in a higher quality format, and also the use of the track Pink Moon in a Volkswagen advert (which led to much popularity in America).

Many famous artists state Nick Drake as an influence toward their own music, and his vast posthumous popularity is quite an achievement – however, nobody will ever know quite how far Nick Drake’s potential might have taken him. A sad loss indeed. We have but his recorded material, created in such a short space of time, to remember him by. Feel free to enjoy two of my favourite Nick Drake tracks…

Nick Drake – River Man
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Nick Drake – From the Morning
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  • Sam

    To borrow a phrase from the also-late Tim Buckley, Pink Moon is the most “Happy-Sad” album I’ve ever heard. It’s also the best morning album I’ve ever heard. What a genius this man was…

  • Sam

    To borrow a phrase from the also-late Tim Buckley, Pink Moon is the most “Happy-Sad” album I’ve ever heard. It’s also the best morning album I’ve ever heard. What a genius this man was…

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Seemingly most people rate Pink Moon as his best work, and darkest.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Seemingly most people rate Pink Moon as his best work, and darkest.