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Way to Blue [Original recording remastered, Import]

Nick Drake Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000062O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cello Song
2. Hazey Jane I
3. Way To Blue
4. Things Behind The Sun
5. River Man
6. Poor Boy
7. Time Of No Reply
8. From The Morning
9. One Of These Things First
10. Northern Sky
11. Which Will
12. Hazey Jane II
13. Time Has Told Me
14. Pink Moon
15. Black Eyed Dog
16. Fruit Tree

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Nick Drake was and is one of those cult artists you hear about- see Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Mackenzie, Nico, Gene Clark- they all died of alcoholism or depression or drugs or in accidents or in suicide and so on. The dead cult singer tag- one that helps people classify and recognise certain artists from a posthumous vantage point, but of little use to the actual artist...& I loathe the idea that the allure of youthful death, or self-immolation holds some attraction towards artists like Nick Drake- but it probably does. The first things I heard about Drake were John Martyn's Solid Air and Dream Academy's Life in a Northern Town. A name to drop and an atypical example of a singer who sold very few records in his own, short lifetime- but who has gone on to find an audience, who recognise the beauty and sadness and everything else. A kind of music beyond time, or just out of time- forever apart from our universe- perhaps that's why it stands out & arrests people so when they hear it?
Way To Blue was a brilliant compilation from 1994, here in remastered form- a brief survey of the three-albums proper on Island (Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later, Pink Moon) & the outtakes album on Hannibal Records (Time of No Reply). I say this now, if you have the money- just get all the albums, or better yet, the Fruit Tree Boxed Set. When you listen to this, you'll want to (even the muddy recorded bootleg album I've heard is great...).
But Way to Blue compilation was my way to Drake, & it remains a brilliant budget priced primer into his back catalogue: great photographs throughout the booklet (he looks like he could have been in Ride or Supergrass in several pics!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerily compelling folkie blues 14 Mar 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent introduction to the work of Nick Drake. It also provides an entirely new perspective on his genius since the tracks are not arranged in chronological order. The individual albums are all classics but they are very much self-contained units that make one associate a particular song with the album. Way To Blue thus lends a new angle in the mix of songs. Although 10 tracks are repeated from the 1985 Heaven In A Wild Flower, the sound quality is much better.
From the album Bryter Later come Hazey Jane I and II, Poor Boy, One Of These Things First and Northern Sky. Five Leaves Left contributes Cello Sing, Way To Blue, River Man and Time Has Told Me, whilst the stark minimalist album Pink Moon supplies Things Behind The Sun, Which Will and the title track. Black Eyed Dog and Time Of No reply come from the posthumous Time Of No Reply album.
On Sweet Old World Lucinda Williams beautifully covered Which Will and Swans made a bloodcurdling version of Black Eyed Dog, found on their Various Failures album. The group Drive covered his song Road on their early 90s album Out Freakage. The Dream Academy dedicated the song Life In A Northern Town (1985) to Nick Drake. His song Mayfair had already been covered by Millie (of My Boy Lollipop fame) in 1970.
My only complaint about Way To Blue is the omission of Fly, a song that first appeared on Bryter Later and was then included, in a different version, on Time Of No Reply. In my opinion, it is one of his most moving songs. Besides that, this compilation contains the best of Drake’s eerily compelling music but it is still worth it to investigate the original albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drakes legacy lives on 20 July 2013
By Rosco
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nick Drake in his short life only made 3 albums which were critically acclaimed but sold very few copies to the record buying public. His music was discovered after his sad death as more and more of us got tuned into his songs . I was spellbound when I first heard his cds and went out and bought the lot and have been playing them ever since and all the compilations and re-mastered versions .
Anyone out there not into Nick Drake try this one out its a good introduction for you , buy it play it enjoy it .
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