NICK DRAKE: FAMILY TREE

Nick Drake's Family Tree, Featuring Never Before Heard Recordings
To Be released June 19, 2007 by Tsunami LG/Fontana


Nick Drake by Julie Lloyd
Family Tree, to be released on June 19, 2007 on Tsunami LG/Fontana, will feature previously unreleased tracks from the vaults of the Estate of Nick Drake. The album, produced by Drake Estate manager Cally, tells the story of Nick Drake's musical development in the years prior to recording his official debut, Five Leaves Left.

Family Tree explores the upbringing of an artist who-- in his tragically short career-- produced three albums which continue to be treasured by fans. Recorded in the late 1960's, the 28 tracks feature lo-fi recordings made on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at his home, Far Leys in Tanworth In Arden, as well as eight songs recorded on cassette during his sojourn in Aix En Provence. The inclusion of two songs, "Poor Mum" and "Try to Remember", written and performed by Molly Drake bears testament to her musical influence on her son, conscious or otherwise.

After Nick Drake's death in 1974, his parents Rodney and Molly Drake began to receive visits from fans compelled to understand more about the source of his music by traveling to the place where he lived and died. For Rodney and Molly, this was no invasion of privacy. On the contrary, aware that this might be the beginning of the recognition that their son had longed for in his lifetime, they invited those fans in and quite often shared the music a young Nick had recorded on an early reel-to-reel recorder. Often fans left with their own cassette tapes of those songs.

Some third and fourth generation versions of these tapes circulated among collectors on rare bootlegs for decades. The overwhelming fan demand for unreleased material or stronger versions of these poor-quality bootlegged songs has thrown up a challenge to the estate to release something worthy of his legacy.

The Family Tree release will include a letter written from Gabrielle Drake to her brother in which she reminisces about their growing up, their family life, and explains how she has tried to preserve his legacy as she thinks he would approve. "I hope that, in the circumstances, you could have given Family Tree your blessing. Or if not, that you could have at least looked on with that wry smile of yours."

Family Tree, unlike Nick's albums which contained only his own material, features the young artist mastering the compositions made famous by Bob Dylan, Blind Boy Fuller, and Jackson C Frank. It also showcases his early songwriting skills on tracks like "They're Leaving Me Behind," "Blossom" and "Come Into The Garden." In segues between tracks, the listener hears Nick speaking aloud to himself, even laughing in between takes. The album also includes two versions of songs that ended up on Nick's first album Five Leaves Left which were recorded by his arranger Robert Kirby whilst they were both studying at Cambridge University in 1968.

You need only hear Nick and Gabrielle's exquisite blood harmonies on "All My Trials" - or Nick playing clarinet with his aunt and uncle on "Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio" - to realize that this was a house whose inhabitants entertained themselves and each other by playing music. In the album closer "Do You Ever Remember?" Molly Drake sings not just for their sorrow, but also for the laughter that once resounded throughout a happy, loving home. It's a laughter that resounds - sometimes literally - throughout the whole of Family Tree. In doing so, it brings us closer to who Nick Drake was than perhaps any written account of his life thus far.

In addition to the release of Family Tree, 2007 will see the release of an upgraded version of the Fruit Tree Box Set - which includes Nick Drake's three original studio albums; a new book; as well as a DVD of the A Skin Too Few documentary. Fruit Tree will also be available in limited edition vinyl.

Track listing:
1. Come In To The Garden (introduction) (Nick Drake)
2. They're Leaving Me Behind (Nick Drake)
3. Time Piece (Nick Drake)
4. Poor Mum (M.Drake) performed by Molly Drake
5. Winter Is Gone (Traditional, arr: Nick Drake)
6. All My Trials (Traditional) performed by Nick and Gabrielle Drake
7. Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, (W.A. Mozart)
8. Strolling Down the Highway (Bert Jansch)
9. Paddling In Rushmere (Traditional)
10. Cocaine Blues (Traditional)
11. Blossom (Nick Drake)
12. Been Smokin' Too Long (Robin Frederick)
13. Black Mountain Blues (Traditional)
14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Bob Dylan)
15. If You Leave Me (Dave Van Ronk)
16. Here Come The Blues (Jackson C. Frank)
17. Sketch 1 (Nick Drake)
18. Blues Run The Game (Jackson C. Frank)
19. My Baby So Sweet (Traditional)
20. Milk And Honey (Jackson C. Frank)
21. Kimbie (Traditional)
22. Bird Flew By (Nick Drake)
23. Rain (Nick Drake)
24. Strange Meeting II (Nick Drake)
25. Day Is Done (Nick Drake)
26. Come Into The Garden (Nick Drake)
27. Way to Blue (Nick Drake)
28. Do You Ever Remember? (M. Drake) performed by Molly Drake

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[Published on: 4/11/07]

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Comments

linsbee314 Wed 4/11/2007 12:46PM
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WOW!!!!

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/11/2007 01:11PM
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moephishH2O

sweet!

mattland Wed 4/11/2007 02:03PM
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mattland

Don't know anything about this guy. Should I?

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/11/2007 02:12PM
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j-bizzle

mattland - nick drake was one badass "folk" singer/songwriter back in the late 60's and 70's. If i remember correctly, a song of his was put on the garden state soundtrack. if you really want to check him out, listen to pink moon - its a really good album.

gmoo starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/11/2007 02:32PM
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gmoo

Wow is right :) I've never been too into Nick Drake (not really my cup o tea) but fans should most definetely be stoked about this release. If you haven't heard of Nick Drake and are a fan of folk music, he is a must listen! Although I think this album release was strictly for $$$, it does give a chance for the younger generations to enjoy something they might never get a chance to hear. J-Bizzle is right, Pink Moon is a great starting point if you wanna know what this guy was all about. Great article jambase.

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/11/2007 02:37PM
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theivywall

My personal favorite is five leaves left but that one, pink moon, and bryter later (all of his cd's) are all amazing. Really amazing songwriter lyrically and musically. Definately somebody you might want to check out mattland.

Matty Boh starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/11/2007 02:50PM
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I got these bootlegs a few years back and theyre incredible, even if theyre low quality. Which makes me very happy to hear that they've been remastered, something that's been long overdue. The song Rain even includes Drake recording the sound of rain at his home in the beginning of the track, and the songs Bird Flew By and Strange Meeting II are some of my favorite tracks. I will definitely be buying this when it comes out, and for anyone not familiar with his work,I recommend all of his albums. You won't be disapointed.

manjotar starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/11/2007 02:50PM
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manjotar

nice, i can't wait to check this out!!

BlewW044 Wed 4/11/2007 03:20PM
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Kevg43 Wed 4/11/2007 04:10PM
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Amazing songwriter, very sad that he died so young

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstar Thu 4/12/2007 02:48AM
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We are really showing our age, to admit we know Nicks music.
hehe. I remember when :P Pink moon was a great album. One thing is for sure, when you make a great album, its great FOREVER, no one ever forgets... Peas homies..

Little Whiskey Girl Thu 4/12/2007 06:52PM
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Little Whiskey Girl

pink moon is a great almbum, not was

Cottell starstarstarstar Thu 4/12/2007 08:57PM
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genius

Bluegirl313 starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/13/2007 06:25AM
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Bluegirl313

How amazing. Such a beautiful, bittersweet spirit Nick Drake is/was...

beatstock starstarstarstar Sat 4/14/2007 01:20PM
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beatstock

I LOVE NICK DRAKE. old school elliot smith

moomoocomehome Mon 4/16/2007 07:30PM
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moomoocomehome

Nice!!!!!