Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Nick Drake - Bryter Layter (1970)

Αντί κάποιου σχολίου θα ήθελα απλά να απευθυνθώ στη γυναίκα μου, για να της θυμίσω εκείνο το καλοκαιράκι στην Νάξο, όπου ένα βραδάκι ακούγαμε Drake μέχρι το πρωί. Ένοιωσες ποτέ πιο όμορφα και πιο γαλήνια? Σου θυμίζω μόνο το One Of These Things First …

His second album, Bryter Layter, was largely comprised of songs written in his spartan bedsitter in Hampstead. It took over a year to complete because he was very fussy about the musicians who he wanted to work with him on the album. Richard Thompson and others connected with Fairport Convention were heavily involved and John Cale played on two tracks, Fly and the shimmering love song Northern Sky. Other highlights included At The Chime Of A City Clock and Hazey Jane I. The critics considered the album stunning but sadly it was too esoteric to achieve the widespread interest and mass sales that some predicted.

The fact that people didn't buy the album in great numbers was a major blow and may have been a contributory factor in his growing depression, which was exacerbated by his producer Joe Boyd's move to Los Angeles to work for Warner Brothers. However, Boyd sold Witchseason to Island and made them agree to release any album Drake made as part of the contract.

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