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Nick Drake

Nick Drake
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Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and was a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums — Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. Drake's reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. Drake's music remained available through the mid-70s, but the 1979 release of the retrospective album Fruit Tree allowed his back catalog to be reassessed. By the mid-80s Drake was being credited as an influence by such artists as Robert Smith, David Sylvian, and Peter Buck.
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Releases on file (6)
Various Artists — A Band for All Seasons Various Artists — A Band for All Seasons
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 87CD, 2020, 4CD)
Petrina — Roses of the Day Petrina — Roses of the Day
(Tǔk Music TUK005, 2015, CD)
Nick Drake — Time of No Reply Nick Drake — Time of No Reply
(Hannibal HNCD 1318, 1986, CD)
Nick Drake — Pink Moon Nick Drake — Pink Moon
(Island Records ILPS 9184, 1972/2004, CD)
Nick Drake — Bryter Layter Nick Drake — Bryter Layter
(Island Records ILPS 9134, 1970/2008, CD)
Nick Drake — Five Leaves Left Nick Drake — Five Leaves Left
(Island Records ILPS 9105, 1969/2004, CD)

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