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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent additon to the Collection, 24 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Made To Love Magic (Audio CD)
When I heard that there was to be a 'new' collection of Nick Drake songs, I was quite surprised. Having heard the three studio albums that were released during his life time, the previous out takes collection 'Time of No Reply' and the bootlegs of home recordings such as Tamworth in Arden, I wondered what else there could be to hear. The rediscovered song 'Tow the Line' is the obvious attraction to the die hard fans to whom this collection would appeal to the most. There are some other surprises to be had. The newly orchestrated songs by Drakes ex Cambridge University friend Robert Kirby are worthy additions to the cannon, along with alternative versions of songs such as 'Three Hours' and thoughts of 'Mary Jane'.
Like many compilations of this nature though, there are songs which would have been better left in the can. Nick Drake had a very high degree of quality control but Mayfair is a terrible song by anyone's standards. I have also found it difficult to work out the differences between the versions of 'Black Eyed Dog' on this and the one contained on 'Time of No Reply'. Unlike other compilations of this nature, there seems to have been a good deal of care having gone into this release. The quality of the majority of the songs contained within it does help. Similar albums of unreleased material by people such as The Beatles, Prince and Jimi Hendrix have all suffered from tinkering, lack of good material and a feeling of trying to cash in. As far as I am concerned, none of these apply to this release.
The single of 'I was made to love magic' reaching the top 40 in the charts shows that the fan base for Nick Drake is strong and no doubt growing year on year. For those who have heard about Nick Drake and are looking to start your collection, I would recommend the collection of songs called 'Way to Blue - an Introduction to Nick Drake' as a starting point. For those who have everything else, this is a excellent addition to the collection. Now all we need is the home recordings to receive the attention they are due and then the Nick Drake recording legacy will be complete.
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