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  • Audio CD (9 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000PFU7O4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Into The Garden (Introduction)
2. They're Leaving Me Behind
3. Time Piece
4. Poor Mum - Molly Drake
5. Winter Is Gone
6. All My Trials - Nick Drake, Gabrielle Drake
7. Kegelstatt Trio For Clarinet, Viola And Piano - The Family Trio
8. Strolling Down The Highway
9. Paddling In Rushmere
10. Cocaine Blues
11. Blossom
12. Been Smoking Too Long
13. Black Mountain Blues
14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
15. If You Leave Me
16. Here Come The Blues
17. Sketch 1
18. Blues Run The Game
19. My Baby's So Sweet
20. Milk And Honey
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BBC Review

Recognition of Nick Drake's talent was slow in coming during his brief lifetime. The three albums he recorded between 1969 and 1972 barely sold a bean, and it's a safe bet that with his aversion to gigging and promotion, a fourth album, had it been forthcoming, would have gone the same way.

Dying young is no obstacle to a successful career and the trickle of reappraisal that began in the 70s became an unstoppable tidal wave of praise and celebrity endorsement from the 80s onwards as the world found it loved Drake after all. The ensuing clamour for yet more 'new' material turned up the valuable unreleased demos, Time Of No Reply, and 2003's less than essential, Made To Love Magic.

But fans always want more as many a happy bootlegger would tell you. Nth-generation, execrable quality boots of a pre-Five Leaves Left Drake at home and in France, have been reeling punters in for many a year and it's these original recordings that make up the bulk of Family Tree.

Happily the tapes have been resuscitated and remastered by John Wood, (engineer on all his studio albums), and though that's good news, there's little on this collection of interest to anyone but the most avid - sorry, make that rabid - completist.

In addition to ill-fitting covers from the Dylan, Van Ronk, and folk standards songbooks (all sung in a toe-curling American accent), there are tunes written and performed by his mother, an earnest duet with his sister, and a family rendition of a Mozart trio in which Nick plays clarinet. As might be expected from material that was never intended to be commercially available, none are noteworthy in any respect.

As for the original material upon which Drake's reputation correctly rests, the stilted versions of 'Day Is Done' and 'Way To Blue' only demonstrate how crucial his friend, John Kirby's string arrangements were in making these songs really bloom and ultimately flower.

If you don't know Nick Drake, just buy the first three albums. If you already have them then you won't need this bottom-of-the-barrel compendium. --Sid Smith

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Diggle on 21 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
If, like me, you are just a bit obsessed by the man behind Five Leaves Left etc and have all his other records then this is another essential Nick Drake purchase. The letter from his sister Gabrielle, to Nick, is especially poignant & is generous in thanking the fans for slowly building his following over all these years. One person at a time.

In isolation, these recordings will do little to reward the newcomer. But if you are familiar with his work, they are a great insight into the very early days of Nick Drake who was to become one of the finest singer songwriters of the 20th century.

The inclusion of his mother, Molly Drake, illustrates perfectly that Nick came from a truly musical household. And the light-hearted tracks particularly help dispel the unremitting gloom that usually goes with the ND legend. But when contrasted with the subject matter and singing style of, for example, "Black Eyed Dog" it is truly shocking just how much he deteriorated in a few short years.

If you are unfamiliar with Nick Drake, don't start here. Buy the 3 main albums and when he has taken your soul a prisoner and you wonder how you ever managed to live without them, then look into the less mainstream releases.
None are especially satisfying in isolation, but I would recommend a certain unoffical set of LP's that have the original Five Leaves Left orchestral arrangements that were rejected by Nick. The project was given to his Cambridge friend, Robert Kirby. Then you will truly know what a huge contribution Robert made to the wonderful piece of work that is Five Leaves Left.

So an interesting piece in the ND jigsaw. But I do hope this now draws a line under further Nick Drake releases, as the sound of barrels being scraped could be getting dangerously close.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If Jeff Buckley's mother Mary Guibert needed an object lesson in how to manage her son's legacy, she could do a lot worse than copy those who run the estate of deceased singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

Rather than flooding the market with overstuffed "legacy editions" and live collections, Drake's sister Gabrielle has wisely put out only the best of his work. This is probably the best rarities collection yet - finally remastering the so-called "Tanworth-in-Arden demos" which have been circulating in inferior sound quality on the net for years.

Family Tree gives you a mixture of Drake's pre-fame home demos, comprising covers of blues classics and prototypes of songs which were later to appear on his debut album Five Leaves Left. The blues covers offer a surprising amount of insight into how Drake's own songwriting was to develop, the wistful sadness with which he imbues them contrasting with the summery sweetness of his very English voice. The brilliance of his fingerpicking style on guitar is also highlighted here, with his work on Robin Frederick's "Been Smokin' Too Long" an especial delight.

Not widely circulated in bootleg form are a couple of bittersweet, Ivor Novello-ish songs from Nick's mother Molly, a duet with his sister and a version of Mozart's Kegelstatt trio played by a collection of family members, with Nick himself on clarinet - a reminder of how close-knit and creative this middle-class rural family was. Drake's youthful experience was as far from the bluesmen whose songs he explores here as it's possible to get - yet his disappointment and depression was every bit as real.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 11 July 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was nervous about listening to this album as I feared it might be material which was being released just for the sake of it rather than because it needed a wider audience but I needn't have been, it's an absolute joy. The recordings are understandably not amazing quality (though most are perfectly fine to listen to) but that doesn't detract from how special they are. To hear him talking and joking in between tracks and chuckling in the middle of one song when he forgets the words is truly precious. For someone who has only ever heard his 3 studio albums it is nice to get a glimpse of Nick Drake the person as well as the musician... The mix of traditional folk and blues covers alongside his own compositions and his mother's songs strikes a good balance and gives an interesting idea of his early influences. ... I hope other Nick Drake fans and those just discovering him through this album enjoy it as much!

(Oh and on a side note the packaging, which caused the delayed release, is pretty special too!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Neale on 3 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers have already commented at some length as to the merits of these old home recordings by the masterful Nick Drake and they are excellent, but I feel this collection could and should have been better. What we have here are a selection of home recordings extremely well remastered. These recordings have been floating around on the net and on at least 9 unofficial bootlegs for several years but the difference in the sound quality on this official release is significant and therefore justifies the purchase of this set without a doubt. But the real problem I have with Family Tree is that this cd alone will not make you want to throw out your old bootlegs because this set is simply not long enough to satisfy a big Nick Drake fan and after all that's surely who this set is really aimed at. The casual fan is not going to want to go beyond a 'best of' compilation or the three main albums but someone who's really into Drake's music is going to want a lot more than this and herein lies the problem with Family Tree. We get one wonderful Dylan cover (Tomorrow is a long time) but not the other one (Don't think twice, it's alright)we also miss out on some other great covers namely Betty and Dupree, summertime, Dino Valente's 'Get together', Cocaine blues etc. Commendably at the end of the set we get lovely stripped down versions of 'Day is done' and 'way to blue' but why not the beautiful stripped down versions of 'Three hours', 'Hazey Jane' or 'fly'? Where is the sublime 'picked' version of 'Place to be' or the great sounding parasite takes etc etc. Im not suggesting that every single track, take, alternate version has to be included but there are some real ommisions here wich is a real pity beacuse they sound great even on substandard bootlegs.Read more ›
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