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Time of No Reply Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (1 May 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B000000617
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Of No Reply
2. I Was Made To Love Magic
3. Joey
4. Clothes Of Sand
5. Man In A Shed
6. Mayfair
7. Fly
8. The Thoughts Of Mary Jane
9. Been Smoking Too Long
10. Strange Meetin II
11. Rider On The Wheel
12. Black Eyed Dog
13. Hanging On A Star
14. Voice From The Mountain

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Nick Drake died in 1974, but the cult surrounding him and the three albums released during his lifetime (Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon), keeps on growing. The only posthumous album so far to include previously unreleased material,Time Of No Reply, acts as a useful coda to the fragile charms of Nick Drake. The 14 tracks include some of Nick's home recordings ("Fly", "Mayfair", "Strange Meeting II") as well as alternative takes of songs he later re-cut ("Man In A Shed", "Thoughts Of Mary Jane"). Most illuminating, though, are the four final tracks that Nick recorded right at the end of his life. "Rider On The Wheel" is among the most attractive of his melodies, but it is the chilling "Black Eyed Dog"--a haunted English blues-style song and the despairing "Hanging On A Star" which are the most striking. Within a year, Nick Drake was dead. But for once, the cliché rings true, and the music really does live on. --Patrick Humphries

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Time of no reply" is the dream of the elusive lost album made real. On this album I believe is to be found Nick Drake at his purest and most direct. Lacking as it does for the most part the strings, flutes, and other peripherals of for example "bryter later", "Time of no reply" has an uncluttered and persistant clarity. This is perhaps at its most evident in the haunting "Black-eyed dog" in which the harmonics, which alternate with the verse lines seem to hang in a space which is not confined to the bare mechanics of sound. It is this communication of mood, sensation and spirit that is at the heart of Nick Drakes music and it is for this reason that few people having experienced it remain unmoved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
This version of 'Fly' recorded at his home in 1969 is among his best- the edgy vocal and perfect, intricate guitar part make this much more affecting than the Bryter Layter version. The other early demos are very listenable, but I find the versions of 'Man in a Shed' and 'Thoughts of Mary Jane' slightly irritating.

'Rider on the Wheel' - flowing guitar piece with simple, bewitching lyrics - my favourite Drake song. The guitar is so deceptive, made to sound so easy....but just try working it out!
'Black Eyed Dog' - unsettling; not exactly Ode To Joy either. ps tuning GGDGBD
'Hanging on a Star' - a bitter outcry at the music industry...the guitar sounds so much like a piano, it is incredible!
'Voice From The Mountain' - probably his most depressing song!
Buy it if you like Pink Moon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
My favourite tracks on this posthumous compilation include the title track, I Was Made To Love Magic with its elegant orchestra and the heart-wrenching Fly as his most achingly beautiful song (although I prefer the version on Bryter Layter). For obvious reasons, it calls to mind another melancholy masterpiece, the song Firefly by American Music Club.

This graceful take of The Thoughts Of Mary Jane is embellished by Richard Thompson's electric guitar, but the album's real classic is Black Eyed Dog, a chilling listening experience. It's like a momento mori, the most magical dance of anguish between his voice and the guitar.

Covered by World of Skin on their Ten Songs for Another World album, that version is now available on Swans' Various Failures 1988 - 1992 compilation in all its blood-curdling glory. Overall, Time Of No Reply is a great album, but I prefer Bryter Layter and Five Leaves Left where more instruments create a denser sound. Still, one cannot have too much of Drake's enchanting music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Just a quick thought about this beautiful record. Not totally realised, not even nearly finished. Tinged with the kind of real melancholy that would have Billy Corgan running for the medicine cabinet. Bless this boy and his short career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rung on 25 Oct. 2014
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If you want to get into Nick's music I'd recommend you get his three studio albums first. Once you do that it's likely you'd crave more from him and this is where you might want to explore his compilations of unreleased/ alternate/ home demo numbers. Currently there are two 'official' compilations available which are Made to Love Magic and Family Tree. Made to Love Magic is very similar to Time of No Reply except that the songs are remastered and some songs- Fly , Strange Meeting II, Been Smoking Too Long and Man in a Shed - previously available here in Time of No Reply were taken off and replaced by River Man, Three Hours and newly discovered Tow the Line. Also, some songs are replaced with different versions like Mayfair and Hanging on a Star; and they add orchestration arranged by Kirby to (Made to Love) Magic and Time of No Reply.

Having described some differences between Time of No Reply compilation and its updated Made to Love Magic I'll tell you why I chose Time of No Reply.. First, I really love this stripped down version of Fly (though I find the official version on Bryter Layter beautiful too but in a different way) which isn't available on any other compilations unless you can get hold of bootleg CDs. Man in a Shed and Thoughts of Mary Jane are quite similar to the official version on Five Leaves Left but more soothing in sound (again the ones on Five Leaves Left are beautiful with delicate orchestration!) Second, although I fall in love with the orchestrated Magic and Time of No Reply, I also appreciate the simple, acoustic-based Time of No Reply and the different arrangement by Hewson on Made to Love Magic here.
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