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Way To Blue - The Songs Of Nick Drake

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  • Audio CD (15 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • ASIN: B00B10FWCE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Things Behind the SunLuluc 4:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Place to BeScott Matthews 4:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fruit TreeGreen Gartside 5:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Poor BoyShane Nicholson 6:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Time Has Told MeKrystle Warren 4:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. ParasiteRobyn Hitchcock 5:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. One of These Things FirstDanny Thompson, Zoe Rahman 5:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Which WillVashti Bunyan 3:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Black-Eyed DogLisa Hannigan 4:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rider on the WheelShane Nicholson 3:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. River ManTeddy Thompson 5:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Saturday SunLisa Hannigan, Luluc 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Day Is DoneScott Matthews 3:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. FlyLuluc 4:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Pink MoonKrystle Warren, Teddy Thompson 4:510.89  Buy MP3 

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Undoubtedly one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, Nick Drake found little mainstream success during his lifetime; however, since his untimely death at the age of 26, his fragile acoustic, autumnal music has touched the hearts of millions of people. Nick Drake is an unlikely romantic hero. In the 1970s he was a minor English singer and songwriter who peddled a lyrical brand of introspection that earned him a small but devoted following and few record sales. Dogged by depression and embittered by his lack of success, he died of an overdose in 1974, virtually unknown and unnoticed. He left an amazing legacy - a handful of recordings of his sparsely beautiful songs across just three albums, less than two hours of music. But over the ensuing decades, the enduring potency of these songs has ensured Drake's reputation as one of the UK's truly great musical talents. "Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake" curated by Nick Drake's original producer, Joe Boyd (at the helm for two of the Drake albums - "Five Leaves Left" in 1969, and "Bryter Layter" in 1970), combines live recordings from 2 remarkable concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre 15 & 16 November 2011 and another at The Barbican Centre, London in January 2010. Here, renowned contemporary singers, united by their reverence for the work Nick Drake left behind collaborated with those who were actually involved in those unforgettable original recordings. The band and string section is led by musical director Kate St John, anchored by double bassist Danny Thompson, who played on many of Drake's albums, and features the original orchestrations arranged by Robert Kirby in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sadly, Kirby passed away very recently, but not before conducting the string section at the UK's very first "Way To Blue" concert in May 2009. Now, "Way To Blue" has become a tribute to Kirby as well as Drake. The special guest artists who sing and re-interpret Nick Drake's often hauntingly poetic material include: folk rediscovery Vashti Bunyan, Scritti Politti front-man Green Gartside, psychedelic pop maverick Robyn Hitchcock, stunning Irish singer Lisa Hannigan, American soul powerhouse Krystle Warren, UK success-story Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson, Luluc, Zoe Rahman, Neill MacColl, Shane Nicolson, Kate St John and Danny Thompson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Way To Blue Concert Tribute Is Sublime 16 April 2013
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I hesitate to start this review by making it clear that I was originally astounded by Nick Drake's music when in my last year of school in 1969, having purchased his first album " Five Leaves Left" on the strength of hearing the track "Time Has Told Me" upon an Island Records sampler album of the time. I could never understand then why he didn't reach more appreciative ears because tracks such as "Riverman" , "Three Hours" , "Way To Blue" and " 'Cello Song" were simply extraordinary in terms of melody, musicianship - Nick's very distinctive style of guitar playing and musical virtuosity, more specifically Robert Kirby's musical/ string arrangements.
So when the Way to Blue Tour was announced , I picked up a few tickets to go catch the concert at Warwick Uni in the UK in early 2010. Frankly, to hear Nick' s music performed live by such a varied and brilliant group of musicians and orchestral players as featured then and upon this CD compilation was just a rare and beautiful opportunity too good to miss. I have to say a big, big thanks to the ubiquitous Joe Boyd for making the concerts and this album happen. The interpretations of ND's music and finely crafted songs are just sublime upon this album, I cannot emphasise that strongly enough. Go buy it and listen for yourself.
The musical arrangements by Kate St.John are not just a great tribute to Nick and Robert Kirby' s originals but the playing by the musicians involved is top draw. When you take a look at the list of participant musicians and hear the contributions of the likes of the incomparable bassist Danny Thompson, Zoe Rahman on piano then it just keeps on getting better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A brilliant idea perfectly realised. If you have seen one of the concerts live or on TV, you will know what to expect. Wonderful musicianship and passionate, intelligent versions of some of Nick Drake's songs. I have waited patiently for this CD to come out and am delighted to finally have these songs on disk.

Green Gartside can no wrong (and btw have you heard his songs on Tracey Thorn's Christmas album?) and his version of Fruit Tree is soulful and thoughtful and a cover that for me is up there with the original. I would also pick out One of These Things First and Robyn Hitchcock's slightly psychedelic version of Parasite as beautiful tracks.

This concert also pointed me in the direction of Lisa Hannigan and Teddy Thompson whom I didn't know at the time. An unquestionable, no room for doubt, 5 star CD. How about a follow up? There's no shortage of other brilliant Nick Drake songs in spite of his sadly short life. A genius of a songwriter and these recordings are totally in the spirit of the man. Apparently he never sung many of the songs in public. He would surely be pleased and proud with the performances of those who have done it as a tribute to his great work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have stayed for more 4 Jun 2013
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Great concept - Nick Drake's songs performed by a host of different artists. And some of these interpretations are so good, they bring a fresh perspective to songs that many of us have known and loved for years. Teddy Thompson's River Man, Krystle Warren's Time Has Told Me, Vashti Bunyan's Which Will, Lisa Hannigan's Black Eyed Dog, Shane Nicholson's Rider on the Wheel and Scott Matthews' When The Day is Done are extraordinary.

The Barbican concert in 2010 was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Sadly this isn't that concert, with many interpretations replaced by lesser versions recorded at an later tribute concert in Melbourne. The biggest gap is the absence of Kirsty Almeida, who's Cello Song was mesmerising. She also provided wonderful backing vocals to Teddy Thompson's Poor Boy, a song which, here, is replaced by a similarly rousing Shane Nicholson version. Other notable omissions are Robyn Hitchcock's Free Ride and the ensemble's haunting Voice From the Mountain. I would gladly have dropped the instrumental and somewhat plodding One of These Things First for either of these. It's also a shame that nobody has adequately tackled Northern Sky - Neill MacColl's sub-par version on the night is rightly dropped. I seem to recall that Bernard Butler did an astonishing version of this song at an earlier tribute. It's a great shame that neither he, Teddy Thompson or Scott Matthews were given Northern Sky - or One of These Things First for that matter.

The only real bum note is vocal group Luluc's gauche barbershop Fly. That this lot get to butcher 3 of Nick's songs while Kirsty and Robyn are dropped seems more than a little perverse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth waiting for 14 May 2013
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Ever since I watched the Way to Blue Concert on BBC4 in 2010 (and on various iPlayer repeats since) I've been waiting for this album and it certainly was worth the wait. Every track is so good it's hard to pick out favourites but Scott Matthew's 'Place To Be', Shane Nicholson's 'Poor Boy', Krystle Warren's 'Time Has Told Me' and Teddy Thompson's 'River Man' are four tracks worth individual mention but the stand out track for me both on the album and on the concert film has to be Lisa Hannigan performing 'Black Eyed Dog'.
Just one question remains when will the DVD of the concert come out?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way to Blue
I was astounded at some of these cover versions of songs by, possibly, one of our greatest talents. For goodness sake, do not buy this: simply disregard it and buy the originals. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. G. Keeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb
Wonderful album - an immediate favourite, all the artists have contributed excellent covers of Nick Drake's songs beautifully done especially love River man by Teddy Thompson.
Published 4 months ago by PamC
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing Nick Drake Proud!
Terrific music! Great concert on BBB4 now this on CD. Would like the DVD now!
Come on where is it? 5*
Published 5 months ago by TESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Drake
Nick Drake's songs are wonderful and I love the way he presents them. I saw these musicians playing his songs at The Barbican and have wanted to find this CD for some time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jane grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Much desreved tributes for a greatly missed atrist.
Thank heavens that Nick Drake is now getting the recognition and accolades that he so richly deserves. It is such a shame that it came too late to save him. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit lost for words here - just listen to the music
I'll keep this fairly short, as others have given it some fine plaudits, and those who are in doubt will now find the entire concert on YouTube and can make up their own... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jon65
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to blue
I love this album! Heard a track on the radio and had to buy it straight away. Some great choices of artists.
Published 11 months ago by J. Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album well made.
The songs of Nick Drake performed by talented current folk artists could have been a huge mistake but the concerts and now this album are seen as a welcome addition for the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rosco
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Drake BBC concert
watched the concert on the BBC by accident and loved it. Never heard of Nick Drake before ,
so was pleased to find there was a c.d. Read more
Published 13 months ago by h.r.lawson
3.0 out of 5 stars a wistful reminder of what used to be
Without going into great detail, I have to acknowledge the great love and affection for Nick Drake's music amongst those participating. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lb
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