27.5.07

which will you go for...





Pink Moon

Nick Drake

(Hannibal, 1972)


...music to live by...


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A fabulous recording – Drake’s last. Pure music. The voice and guitar – drenched in mood.

When lifting the mask from a local clown
And feeling down like him
And I’m seeing the light in a station bar
And travelling far in sin
And I’m sailing downstairs to the northern line
Watching the shine of the shoes
And hearing the trials of the people there
Who’s to care if they lose.
                 – from “Parasite”

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“Place to Be”...

7 comments:

Stu said...

I'm a big fan of Drake... especially 'Pink Moon' and 'Five Leaves Left'. "Drenched in mood" is right.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

His is music is outstanding. Thanks for the read and listen, Stu.

C. E. Chaffin said...

Couldn't find much else on the net by Drake without paying for it, found one other snatch from Pink Moon, found both selections rather boring and unimaginative as musical compositions, though I love his voice. Lucky or unlucky to be "discovered" after his death? Both, I guess. Too bad he didn't get better treatment for his depression. Then the medicines are so much better today.

Andrew Lundwall said...

i've been a big fan of nick drake for a few years now...his album pink moon is one of the best things that ever happened to me...

c.e. chaffin you thought that the selections you heard from pink moon were "boring" and "unimaginative"?

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Hope you'll give Drake a more thorough listen, CE.

Thanks for the read, Andrew. Drake's music is strong and very non-generic.

jeannine said...

I have almost all Drake's albums, but Pink Moon - his last - so minimalistic, fatalistic, and almost whimsically gloomy, is my favorite.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

"Whimsically gloomy" is a perfect description of the recording. His voice is such a wonder. Thanks for the comment, Jeannine.