Any Nick Drake fans???

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Jethro, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Oster

    Oster Friend of Leo's

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    His songs are turning up in a lot of commercials these days. I heard Place To Be advertising a college in the States.

    It's very intimate music. I think he may have influenced John Cale, who sessioned on the Bryter Layter record. If you listen to Cale's Paris 1919, it has a similar feel.
     
  2. ianasdfg

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    Hell yes, his sound was sublime

     
  3. Mid Life Crisis

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    Just answering you last question there - I saw Robyn playing "Domino" for a documentary about Syd, and he totally got the chords wrong. But then The Soft Boys did a great version of "Vegetable Man", so I'll forgive and forget.

    OK, back on topic now everybody!
     
  4. sir humphrey

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    Northern Sky is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

    There's something of the dead singer syndrome around him and he was very hit and miss, but the best moments were sublime.
     
  5. Jethro

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    No argument here....definitely a beautiful piece of work
     
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    I put him well ahead of John Martyn, Tim Buckley and so forth. He really was in a class of one.

    I don't find his songs hit and miss; I can listen to a half dozen in sequence from any album and be amazed.
     
  7. Oster

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    I agree.
     
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    Guessing you haven't heard John Martyn's Grace and Danger album,

    Drake and Martyn were equally great
     
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    Unfortunately Drake didn't have the chance to record much in his short life. Although Martyn has some bona fide classics in his back catalogue (Solid Air especially), not everything is brilliant (Sapphire?).
     
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    The song Solid Air was written about Nick Drake



    I just love the way Martyn captures and expresses dark feelings like hurt, self loathing, loneliness etc like no one else.
     
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    Thought I'd give this a bump, as I was just listening to this.

    One of my favourites - 'Road' :

     
  12. A.B.Negative

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    I heard an interview on the radio once, too many years ago to remember, where Martyn was talking about Drake. I can't remember much of what he said but it got me interested in Drake. I borrowed the Heaven In A Wild Flower compilation from the record library at college and wore out the tape I made of it by the time you could actually get hold of Drake albums on CD.

    I was lucky enough to see Martyn perform the whole of Grace and Danger in Glasgow on the last tour he did before he died. My friend had a spare ticket because his brother was ill and couldn't go. I'm glad I went, it was a great show!
     
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    I'm jealous, I saw him on his Piece by Piece tour in late 80s at Bradford Town Hall.

    Grace and Danger was Martyn's Blood on the tracks. Hurt In Your Heart is one of the most moving songs ever written.
     
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    I had never heard of Martyn actually....thanks for sharing that. I surfed a few other tidbits and noticed he had done some work with Gilmour....great stuff
     
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    Sort of turning into a John Martyn thread, but ...

    Here's some of his lighter side:

     
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    Love it!!! Not to mention some sweet playing as always by Jerry Douglas
     
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    An amazing musician. R.I.P. :cry:
     
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    Both Drake and Martyn ... credit to Chris Blackwell for finding and bringing to the public two such talented label mates.
     
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    I love Nick Drake...

     
  20. SnidelyWhiplash

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    With all due respect,people didn't buy his records back then.

    R.I.P. :cry:
     
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