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Bryter Layter [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Nick Drake Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000025H0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Hazey Jane I 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bryter Layter 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fly 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Poor Boy 6:040.99  Buy MP3 
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Bryter Layter, the second album from Nick Drake, came in 1970, and while not quite as melancholy as his debut, Five Leaves Left, there are certain brooding qualities that continued to propagate the Nick Drake mystique. Horn, flute and string arrangements lift such songs as "At the Chime of a City Clock" and "Hazy Jane I" and "II" out of the realm of sad, folk-guitar music into something jazzier and lighter, while the beautiful piano and simple guitar of "One of These Things First" laments what could have been without sounding like a song of despair. But two tracks featuring John Cale on various instruments (such as viola and harpsichord) have the dark fragility of "Pink Moon": the lovely "Fly" is a fragile apparition, and "Northern Sky" is a dreamy, brooding plea for long-lasting love. It's definitely not the same mood music as his starker work, but it's still a fine showcase for Nick Drake. --Lorry Fleming

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Lush 2nd album from 1970 where sombre lyrics meet upbeat melodies.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRICELESS.. 30 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Its not often you find an album that works perfectly from beginning to end as a complete body. Hearing this for the first time, i was so very concious of the outright 'sensitivity' of the music lyrics & voice- I found it thouroughly engaging. Upon the 2nd & 3rd listen i was gobsmacked at just how beautiful these arrangements were & just how ridiculously talented this person was. Technically-the musicianship is outstanding, acoustic guitars, flute, piano, strings etc.. There is a fairly big orchestration compared to his other 2 albums, the difference being that all of these tracks stand up in their own right. Its an original sound - sort of folky & jazzy at the same time. They set a romantic - reflective mood that is somehow tinged with the slightest bit of sadness- but is ultimately totally uplifting!
Its hard to comprehend someone so young being so developed in his art, 20 - 21 i believe- really! - to be able to articulate his vision & express himself in such a way so as it can be universally experienced; this is what sets him apart from so many.
I cant say that there is a stand out track in particular, with catchy hooks that reel you in- this music doesnt work that way- all i know is that i dont mess around with the 'skip' button at all- but by no means is this just 'background fodder'. The lyrics are beautiful & reflective without being trite or cliched, & reveal a sense of vulnerability & a sense of wonder of himself & the world around him. Its powerful in its understatedness, beautiful & heartfelt. Some may prefer PMoon- a much more sombre minimal affair, withjust Nicks breathy vocals & acoustic guitar- some with a Robert Johnson bluesy feel. Five Leaves has some outstanding tracks but fails to be as consistent as BLayter- my favourite.
If you want a gentle uplifting album to make you reflect the hours away, i cant reccomend this enough. An album i know ill always connect with & for that .. well... its priceless!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars 13 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have owned this record for over 30 years and still rate it as one of the most satisfying pieces ever made by anyone, JS Bach included! Northern Sky is achingly beautiful but I can't pick out just one track.
Every time I listen, it is with a sense of occasion. If you don't own it you have a huge, gaping omission in your musical life. No recommendation is too high.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Masterpiece 19 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
The cinematic instrumental, Introduction, opens this treasure trove of an album, and is followed by Hazey Jane II, a lilting dreamy pop number. At The Chime Of A City Clock has its jazzy moments with lovely sax, while One Of These Things First, with its lively piano, is the closest Drake comes to happiness. The wistful and spacious Hazey Jane I is followed by the title track, an elegant breezy instrumental, and the sublime Fly. This version, with its fuller instrumentation, is my top favorite Nick Drake song, displaying the man at his best in its exquisite spirituality. Poor Boy is a jazzy/R&B song with soulful backing vocals, while John Cale's celeste, piano and organ contributions on Northern Sky make this track a classic. Like two of his collaborators, Richard Thompson and Cale, Nick had his own poetic voice from the beginning, and his legacy is being rediscovered by a new generation of musicians. This album is the perfect entry point to investigate Drake's magic. So many styles, but so coherent. Bryter Layter's variety, sympathetic production and breathtakingly beautiful songs make it my favorite by this gifted artist.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 13 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'd never listened to any Nick Drake before, but I'd read glowing reports in Total Guitar magazine's look at his life and work. I bought this album out of curiosity, and what a good choice it was.

From Introduction's simple guitar riff to Poor Boy's choral backing, this album never fails to impress. Nick Drake's true, unique style in terms of both his voice and guitar playing really have a great impact, even in the 35 years since his tragic death.

This album impressed me so much that I eventually bought his final album, Pink Moon, as well. Pink Moon was equally impressive.

Classic, timeless, folk perfection. You won't be disappointed.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 3 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
`Bryter Layter` is the second of Nick Drake's three studio albums and on the face of it seems like his least substantial. 1969's `Five Leaves Left` has more classic tracks while 1972's `Pink Moon` best showcases Nick's melonacholic depression which, rightly or wrongly, is what attracts many people to his legacy as we enter the new Millenium. But careful listening reveals `Bryter Layter` to be a more varied and more complete album than the other two. `Five Leaves ...` is more a collection of ten songs than a complete album while `Pink Moon`, for all its brilliance, is rather limited in theme. `Bryter Layter` is also his most likeable record. The instrumental `Introduction` leads us into the jazzy warmth of Hazey Jane II`. It is by far the most positive track on the album and it is interesting that, when sequencing the album, he chose to follow it with its bleakest track, `At The Chime Of A City Clock`, Nick's tale of dropping out of Cambridge to become a musician. This song contains the morbid but haunting line, `The sunny boy/ With smokes for sale/ Went to ground with a face so pale`. However the mood soon lifts with two of Nick's finest melodies, `One Of These Things First` (also one of his best lyrics) and `Hazey Jane I`. After the instrumental title track we have the shortest vocal track on the album, `Fly`, a stunningly simple boy meeting girl song which is in my opinion shamefully neglected by those compling Nick's epitaph. `Poor Boy`, by contrast is something of an acquired taste. A biting story of a moaning, sorry for himself, street urchin - the `poor boy` of the title. At six and a half minutes it is rather too long and if I had to lose one track from the album it would be this one. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryter Now!
What more can one say about this beautiful & ethereal album? The songs have a curious fragility & timeless quality that evoke feelings of nostalgia, as if a forgotten memory had... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Stotzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Bryter Later
In a class of his own. Belatedly recognized as a superb singer/songwriter and this album, which should have 3.5 stars quite rightly shows this.
Published 1 month ago by Hans Westerlaken
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after my last review,got bryter layter by nick drake.great relaxing cd.will buy blue moon!!by nick drake.this artist is very unrated!!!he is brillant. go get his cds.
Published 1 month ago by leslie1
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly More Commercial
Bryter Layter dovetails beautifully with Five Leaves Left - almost as if the two should have been a double album. They seem to be totally interchangeable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful delux box sets
I cannot rate any of these box sets highly enough, they are, in a word; fantastic. For the price you get a beautiful boxed case, the original shop poster that would have been sent... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Galbally
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
Nothing much to add. Great Album by a sadly departed and underrated (at the time of issue)artist. I recommend his other albums as well
Published 5 months ago by Cumbrianblue11
3.0 out of 5 stars Nick
Choose this just to hear how glum old nick real is. He didn't disappoint, Their are charm numbers on this but you always feel there's something missing.
Published 8 months ago by dinky
5.0 out of 5 stars 1970's to 2013+
Oh so good, to see nick got his recognition,i thought was due,even when i first got this music in 1975................
Published 9 months ago by bearcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Recently discovered Nick Drake and bought this album after sampling them all on Spotify. Lovely easy listening, particularly on a summers day with the roof down!
Published 12 months ago by Ken Heddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Drake Bryter Layter LP
Good value for money. Textured card sleeve is really effective and inner sleeve which is printed to look like a well worn original Island light blue inner sleeve is a nice touch. Read more
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