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5.0 out of 5 stars
28 minutes of breathtaking beauty, 28 May 2000
Stripped bare of slushy strings and any other instrumentation other than a guitar and two or three chords of piano, this is music so intimate that it chokes your breath away. Nick Drake's husk of a voice so ethereal it seeps into every level of your consciousness, you cannot escape. Recorded in the space of a two-night session with producer John Wood in 1972 at a time when Nick's mental state was making it ever more difficult for him to cope with life and it's drudgeries. Music made almost 30 years ago has survived shifts in styles, Nick's time has come, albeit too late, it cannot be categorised, it's timeless. If the etheralness doesn't grab you then other things at other levels will, just listen to Nick Drake's guitar playing ! A veritable salad of open tunings, clusters, complex chord changes - Nick will get you in the end, at any level. "Pink Moon gonna get ye all". The Pink Moon - (which has lead to - he ironically never sold in his lifetime- an incredible revival of his music in the US due to a VW ad) is actually about impending doom and looming catastrophe - an idea found in Eastern mythology. But listen Nick is not all gloom and doom. My own favourite Nick Drake song is "From the Morning" - a song of such excruciating beauty that it makes me, and who knows, the angels weep with joy, it's so positive. That's probably because it's about a renaissance to a better world and a higher level of spirituality an escape that maybe Nick wished for. Nick Drake's legacy is, thanks to Joe Boyd's efforts (he made sure that when he sold his Witchseason record label to Island that Nick's records should never be deleted), secure. "Pink Moon", now tweaked in this remastered edition, has no clutter- just you and Nick. Laid bare. "Bryter Layter" and "Five Leaves" are musically richer and diverse what with Robert Kirby's superb and appropriate orchestrtal arrangements but we somehow need more of Nick. I prefer "Pink" because Nick can get to us more. Buy his music, enjoy his unique and profound legacy - rejoice in our rediscovery of one of the greatest troubadours and guitar players ever - you'll never be the same again. Promise !