Not Just One New Nick Drake Release but Two.
|Continuing the ReDISCovered boxed vinyl series of Nick Drake’s albums, Island Records will release his second album Bryter Layter, on 29th April 2013, in a format similar to that used for the release of Pink Moon in 2012. |
The album itself is a near exact replica of the original 1970 release, pressed on heavyweight audiophile vinyl, and remastered at Abbey Road from master tapes by the album's original engineer John Wood. Although the first generation master tapes were found to be unusable, Wood had made a safety copy of the album in 1970 and it is from this that the new album has been struck.
The vinyl comes in an Island card inner bag in a single pocket textured sleeve just as the original release would have done. In addition it is housed in a box containing a copy of the original shop poster, a smaller 'Live' poster/brochure and a reprint of Nick's handwritten set list together with reproductions of the master tape reel and tape box lids.
The album comes with a selection of downloadable electronic formats, including either high-resolution files, the usual MP3 files or unique Dubbed-From-Disc files for that authentic play-back experience.
First released in November 1970, Bryter Layter expands on themes introduced by Drake in his debut album Five Leaves Left (1969). Principally featuring Nick on vocals and guitar performing his own original material, and using the same production team of Joe Boyd, John Wood, and orchestrator Robert Kirby, Bryter Layter is unusual in that it contains three instrumentals composed by Nick.
Musicians on the album include members of Fairport Convention, The Beach Boys and John Cale. Fresh from producing former Velvet Underground bandmate Nico, Cale played on and arranged two songs including Northern Sky
Though Bryter Layter met with an indifferent set of media reviews when it was released, it went on to be included in the Rolling Stone top 500 albums of all time and reached 23 in Q magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever chart.
On April 15th 2013 Navigator Records releases Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake Featuring Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Krystle Warren, Danny Thompson and more, recorded live in London and Melbourne.
To celebrate the Way To Blue project, a live concert featuring many of those involved has been announced for 2nd April. Joe Boyd will talk of his working relationship with Nick and the making of the Way To Blue CD, a large part of which was recorded at the Barbican.
With performances from Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Neill MacColl, Kate St John and special guests Paul Smith (from Maximo Park) and Olivia Chaney.
The concert will take place at Wilton's Music Hall, 8 Graces Alley London E1 8JB. Tickets from the link below.
Way to Blue Concert Tickets
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