Way To Blue - An Introduction Original recording remastered
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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.
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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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!Read more ›
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.
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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Its ok wouldnt rave about the cd but its my first listen, will give it a few more plays but i can normally tell if its a good onePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by sweetie