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Way To Blue - An Introduction Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000931OQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Way To Blue: An Introduction To Nick Drake is the perfect title for this well-compiled collection that exemplifies the full breadth of Drake's work, From the lush orchestrations of Five Leaves Left and Bryter Layter to the sparse acoustic guitar work of Pink Moon and the posthumous Time Of No Reply, Way To Blue features a handful of songs from each album, compiled and sequenced by Drake's friend and producer Joe Boyd.

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These days the term "genius" is bandied about so routinely that it is practically meaningless. However Way to Blue, a 16-track introduction to Nick Drake, proves that the ill-starred troubadour was indeed a genius in the truest sense of the word. Singer-songwriter Nick Drake released just three poorly selling albums during his brief lifetime. A manic-depressive, he committed suicide in1974 aged just 26. Posthumously, his intricately sculpted pastoral psalms have been discovered by an ever-expanding audience. Way to Blue deftly captures the essence of Drake's unique oeuvre, embracing the plaintive poetry and baroque chamber music of his wistful debut Five Leaves Left, the lighter, verging-on-jazzy Richard Thompson and John Cale assisted follow-up Bryter Layter and his troubled, starkly eerie swansong Pink Moon. Throughout, Drake's seraphic vocals, expressively fluid acoustic guitar picking and elegiac lyrics articulate a lexicon of life, love and loss. --Chris King

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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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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2004
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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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i'm gonna be honest with you,i don't own any nick drake albums as yet,why i bought this i don't know,i took a chance on someone i randomly picked out.and wow was i taken aback when i played this,every song shimmers with an undefinable brilliance,why this guy wasn't a huge success when he was living i don't know it just proves that talent and genius sometimes is not enough to guarantee success,i can't describe these songs to you ,but i challenge you not to be gobsmacked the first time you hear them,the melodies are so moving,the voice so quite yet so demands for you to listen,if there is a heaven i expect the music playing there is nick drakes,i've listened to these collection of songs so many times and i never tire of them,if i did'nt know i wouldn't believe the recordings are so old they sound so fresh and relevant today.my personal favourite tracks are river man,cello song,one of these things first,northern sky,pink moon,and black eyed dog(the scariest song you'll ever hear)if your a music lover please,please buy this it'll change your life believe me.
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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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This is a brilliant introduction to Nick Drake's work and spans his (far too short) recording career. Impossible to categorize, these songs are timeless works of genius. Gentle, beautiful, uplifting and utterly indispensable.
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