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Made To Love Magic

Made To Love Magic

24 May 2004

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2004
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2004
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
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  • Total Length: 41:28
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  • ASIN: B001QIVWHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,922 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lenny Banter on 24 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I heard that there was to be a 'new' collection of Nick Drake songs, I was quite surprised. Having heard the three studio albums that were released during his life time, the previous out takes collection 'Time of No Reply' and the bootlegs of home recordings such as Tamworth in Arden, I wondered what else there could be to hear. The rediscovered song 'Tow the Line' is the obvious attraction to the die hard fans to whom this collection would appeal to the most. There are some other surprises to be had. The newly orchestrated songs by Drakes ex Cambridge University friend Robert Kirby are worthy additions to the cannon, along with alternative versions of songs such as 'Three Hours' and thoughts of 'Mary Jane'.
Like many compilations of this nature though, there are songs which would have been better left in the can. Nick Drake had a very high degree of quality control but Mayfair is a terrible song by anyone's standards. I have also found it difficult to work out the differences between the versions of 'Black Eyed Dog' on this and the one contained on 'Time of No Reply'. Unlike other compilations of this nature, there seems to have been a good deal of care having gone into this release. The quality of the majority of the songs contained within it does help. Similar albums of unreleased material by people such as The Beatles, Prince and Jimi Hendrix have all suffered from tinkering, lack of good material and a feeling of trying to cash in. As far as I am concerned, none of these apply to this release.
The single of 'I was made to love magic' reaching the top 40 in the charts shows that the fan base for Nick Drake is strong and no doubt growing year on year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE on 10 Aug 2006
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Indispensible really for anyone who owns the trilogy of Drake albums released in his lifetime. Features some great tracks that presumably Nick would have been happy to release - Rider on the Wheel (one slight vocal fluff), Time of No Reply, Black Eyed Dog, Magic and his final recording Tow the Line - the only one not available before in some form. They feature his great guitar playing, distinctive voice and enigmatic poetic lyrics and on the whimsical Magic , the gorgeous but, perhaps, excessive orchestration, more subtly done on Way to Blue. Black Eyed Dog is extremely moving in the context, the darkest of blues. Other tracks are weaker songs eg Joey, Mayfair or the painfully strained Hanging on a Star, or alternative versions - Three Hours, Thoughts of Mary Jane and River Man, all interesting takes. Understandably not a cohesive or homogenous album but good clean (remixed?) versions. Let's just be grateful for that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 2004
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As any fan of Nick Drake will tell you, the word 'average' was not in his vocabulary. This isn't strictly true - he may have been flawless 99.9% of the time but let's face it, we could all live without "Man in a Shed" and "Mayfair" - but whereas most 'rarities' compilations are usually cobbled together moments of over indulgence that were previously unreleased for a very good reason (ie. Syd Barrett's "Opal"), there was little doubt among the Drake hardcore that this was going to be an absolutely essential collection and fortunately for us all, it is.
The one never-before-heard song "Tow the Line" is the main attraction here but after a few listens, it's some of the unreleased performances of songs that we know and love that excite me the most. The live version of "Three Hours" with it's 'free jam' feel and superb flute part, the early solo version of "River Man" and the alternate takes from the final session are the real highlights here, all of them totally amazing.
My only concern is the tracks that have been revisited. I personally feel that you should only return to 30+ year old master tapes for the purpose of remastering and I'm generally against giving such classic material as this the 'Pro Tools treatment'. That said, at least it's been handled by Robert Kirby and John Wood (Nick's arranger and engineer respectively) who have done a sympathetic/faithful job that doesn't scream cash-in but personally, I prefer the original versions.

So, a job well done by Island but one that won't appease the serious fans for long - this needs to be followed up by the long overdue remastered box set that will hopefully contain the first official release of the Tanworth-in-Arden/Time Has Told Me bootleg material. Until then though, this will do nicely.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 24 May 2004
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Nick Drake, besides Bob Dylan and Nirvana (before I go on, I'd like to reassure you that I'm not going to mention Nirvana and Kurt Cobain again in this article. NME's review of this album compares Nick to Kurt less than favourably, stating that his albums would never have gained popularity if he hadn't died - I assume that writer never listened to Nick Drake, and shares the usual masturbatory glee most NME writers have when writing about Nirvana) is perhaps the most name-dropped act by fellow musicians. Yet until very recently he was practically unheard of by the public. I'm not quite sure of the reason for this - Joe Boyd said in a program recently broadcast on BBC Radio 2 that of all the people he had lent one of Drake's CDs to, one or two had come back to him saying it was "okay". The rest, he said, had gone out and bought all of Nick's material shortly after hearing one of his album.
With only three "real" albums, then, you would think they would have sold brilliantly, but alas most people never get to hearing a single Nick Drake CD. Even the diehard fans have a lack of extra material without having to resort to crackling bootlegs - the posthumous "Time of No Reply" being the only other official release.
"Made to Love Magic" uses six tracks from Time of No Reply as is, with only remastering to improve them. This is unfortunate, as "Magic" is short at only 13 tracks (most less than three minutes long), and could have been improved with other rarities. But what of the "new" songs? Two ("River Man" and "Mayfair") are taken from a tape recorded by Drake's arranger, Robert Kirby in Cambridge, and from those, "Mayfair" really stands out. Worse recording quality than the "Time of No Reply" version, yes, but a much more exuberant and joyful version.
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