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Molly Drake


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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00BB52ZWY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

2013 collection of never-before-heard songs recorded by Nick Drake's mother, Molly Drake, in the 1950s at the Drake family home. The recordings have been lovingly restored by Nick Drake's engineer John Wood. According to Joe Boyd, legendary producer of Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later, ''this is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.;; For fans of Nick Drake, Molly Drake reveals an undeniable influence on her son's celebrated canon. Moreover, these songs present a comprehensive first look at a singular and sophisticated artist in her own right. Molly Drake's music is at once beautiful, charming, dark and pensive. The easy elegance of her lyrics belies their deeper themes of regret, memory, dread and the sublime, crystallized as only a poet can. Her performances are intimately staged in the family sitting room, and perfectly complemented by her own piano accompaniment. With an initial CD pressing that quickly sold out earlier this year, Molly Drake is now receiving a grander release, and appearing on vinyl for the first time. The album features family photos and a biography by her daughter, Gabrielle Drake.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. van den Assem on 18 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD because Poor Mum from Dick Drake's Family Tree and from the DVD A Skin To Few kept hanging around in my head. All the other songs on this CD do too. I was pleasantly surprised by it's beauty and intimacy. I experience it as a privilege to listen to these recordings, it feels being a friend of the family. The not perfect recording quality gives a feeling of slightly blurred memories! Lovely! I play this CD often, it has an soothing atmosphere not easily found on other albums... a dusty diamond! Nick is the ring everyone wears, this is where he started.
The song texts and poetry in the nicely shaped portofolio reminiscences of Nick's writing,
Have a listen at [...].
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DEANO. on 12 Mar. 2013
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Hi there, this is so beautiful to listen to, a world that no longer exists shines through on these songs more than any pictures could do.
I am a very big fan of Nick Drake, but this on it's own merits deserves a listen.
This has become one of my favourite CD's, which I did not think would happen?
I think that the love of her two children comes through beautifully on these recordings, highly recommended, please have a listen, Deano.

P.S. Thank you GlynLuke, comments noted and amended
Deano.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.E.Holmes on 25 April 2013
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A beautiful collection of poetry and songs. The historic quality of the recording enables an intimate experience and packaged in a way that adds a private touch. Undeniably you can hear the influence of Mother upon Son. A highly recommended collection that stands alone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Huw Thomas on 8 July 2013
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This is a brilliant CD of recordings originally made on a home tape recorder. Her lyrics are wonderful, and this limited edition includes a book of her Poetry. It is easy to see where her son Nick Drake got his skill of writing beautiful words.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chilton T on 4 Dec. 2013
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Radio Four delivered Molly Drake into my world in the shape of a whole programme about her and her songs. Modern recordings are so pure and crisp that this set of recordings of Molly Drake playing at home with her piano is a transport of delight. The gentle background hiss combined with the beautiful warmth of the upright piano compliments Molly's clear soprano voice tremulous in its delivery.

The first time I heard the songs tears were in my eyes due to the sadness of the poetically written lyrics. Theses were times and places I could relate to, the Spanish market, the open countryside, moments of tenderness but all with the background of unbearable sadness.

The tunes may be short, but like a good short story carry a punch with every line, lines that come to visit you borne on the soft soprano voice. Molly's sadness is world unknown to me, but the beauty of its delivery can not be denied.
This is a soft, round ruby in a sea of sparkling diamonds.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rosco on 25 Mar. 2013
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Have heard a Molly Drake song before on one of Nicks cds and liked it .
Plaintive and so like Nicks phrasing and timbre , haunting a great hidden talent well worth a listen
The poems were a bit childlike but had depth behind them a grat addition to anyones collection
find out the inspiration behind the great Nick .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Jill E Carter on 15 Dec. 2013
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Heard a BBC4 Programme about Molly Drake and her family (Nick Drake being her well-known son, and was charmed by it, especially Molly's home-made tape recordings - now on CD. So pleased someone could source it and send it so quickly. Thank you
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