Five Leaves Left: The Only Evidence of Songwritership in Seventies bar John
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
This album is a must for anyone who wants singer songwriters, or 'People who write their own songs' (actual artists), to be kept to keep music moulded of itself and not a mechanism known as X-Factor.
Also for those who know that singer songwriter doesn't mean
The album is even by my critical standards, an
exceptionally great CD, and is available on here, and new, at a very good price. It's also his best album, and his first, and at the age of 20, when this was recorded, he had only been playing the guitar for four years. A self taught genius who implements an orchestra, which also needs to be given kudos.
If you don't buy Nick Drake, hearing him on youtube first, regardless of the fact, he is no longer with us, and this album is 41 years old, and you instead buy some top
40 dance track, then you've no sense of integrity
And I pity anyone who heard this in the 70s and did not buy it! No sympathy whatsoever. X
James Gould (Musician and songwriter, keen listener of
Five leaves left)
Worth A Listen
My brother first introduced me to Nick Drake by way of the track “River Man” which appears on this debut ‘folk’ album. The track although not one which I immediately warmed to gave me the impetus to explore and find out more about this ‘new’ talent whom seemed to be somewhat in vein to my current listening of James Morrison and Paulo Nutini. As always the fantastic www.youtube.com was the tool that I used and I found on there a documentary "A Skin to Few" from which I learnt that the track and album was some 30 years old!
The tragedy of his death (at 26) in 1974 prompted me to explore more. Using www.ebay.co.uk I have purchased all of Nick’s 3 albums “Five Leaves Left”, “Bryter Layter” and “Pink Moon”. For me this is the last one I purchased. It’s widely available and appears to be the most popular but I was (as always) after the best price.
So what do you get? Well for starters remember that this was the late 1960’s (early 1970’s) and as such you get 10 tracks that last just under 42 minutes. What you do you get though is some competent playing from an artist who had certainly mastered his chosen instrument and preferred playing style of ‘finger-picked’ acoustic guitar. Joined by a mix of piano, electric guitar, bass, congas, drums plus string arrangements the result is a laid-back collection of melancholy tunes that both delight but won’t demand repeated listening.
My personal favourite is the closing track “Saturday Sun” which has Nick showing he was also a dab hand on the piano and the accompanied inclusion of vibraphone makes for a really beautiful piece of music.
That said though the reviews from the period are somewhat accurate for me and I agree that the album is ‘poetic’ and ‘interesting’ (Melody Maker) but with ‘not nearly enough variety to make it entertaining’ (NME). However, it’s worth a listen and can be picked up easily and at a reasonable price here on eBay.
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Do leave me this way!
'Five Leaves Left' is a beautiful album, I particularly love 'River Man','Way to Blue' and 'Fruit Tree' because these songs perfectly match my own melancholic sensibility. I'm not allowed to play the album when my partner is in the vicinity because she finds it brings out a sadness in her. Mind you,'Man In A Shed' is a sweet song which actually reveals Nick's sense of humour!
For me, Nick Drake can do no wrong because he was a very talented writer who was able to express so consumately how he felt about life. Like Mozart, one wonders what could have been had Nick lived to a ripe old age; however, Nick still lives on - just listen....
If you only buy one CD .... make it this one!!
Anyone who hasnt discovered Nick Drake should buy this CD .... you wont regret it! Sadly, unknown and pretty much ignored while he was alive. This album has some of the most beautiful songs and arrangements you will ever here. Very simple, no pretentions, just beautiful melodies and lyrics. River Man was the first Nick Drake song I ever heard, and is still my favourite, and is probably the reason why I love his music so much. Buy the CD, for under a fiver its an absolute bargain. The quality is not a patch on the most recent Jap import 200g vinyl versions, but still good.
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Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
I really enjoyed this album. Nick Drake was a very talented song and lyric writer. I love the way he draws you in to his world,although sometimes dark. I have all his albums and we should thank Island Records for re-releasing all his work.
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