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Thread #126718   Message #2819222
Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
23-Jan-10 - 05:40 AM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
"can't say I ever cared much for Nick Drake, but Oh Lord, that sister of his ...WHOOAAHHH !!"

the pair of them sing a lovely harmony duet of "All My Trials" on Family Tree.

The Family Tree album is a beautifully compiled piece of work. It has Nick's early reel-to-reel home demos, with covers of songs by Jackson C Frank, Dylan and few blues standards, complete with a couple of Noel Coward-esque songs written and sung by Nick's mum, among other oddities.

It's really intelligently, thematically compiled and sequenced, and Nick's early demise can't have been far from the compiler's mind. Songs about time, family ties, journeys and commitments. The CD comes with a booklet and a set of photographs that are painfully/wonderfully evocative of the sort of sepia-brown upper-middle-class suburbia that my late grandparents retired into. Must admit it did make me feel a bit weepy.