Bryter Layter

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Bryter Layter
Bryter Layter.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 March 1971[1]
StudioSound Techniques, London
ProducerJoe Boyd
Nick Drake chronology
Five Leaves Left
Bryter Layter
Pink Moon

Bryter Layter, recorded in 1970 and released in March 1971,[1] is the second of three albums by British folk musician Nick Drake.

Content and production[edit]

Like Five Leaves Left, the album contains no unaccompanied songs: Drake was accompanied by part of the British folk rock group Fairport Convention and John Cale from The Velvet Underground, as well as Beach Boys musicians Mike Kowalski and Ed Carter.[2] Arranger Robert Kirby claims that Drake intended the instrumentals to evoke Pet Sounds.[3] Initially scheduled for release in November 1970, with UK promotional copies being sent out at the time, dissatisfaction with the artwork meant that the album was held over into the New Year.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Q5/5 stars[7]

Mojo called the album "Certainly the most polished of his catalogue".[8] Alternative Press called it "[one] of the most beautiful and melancholy albums ever recorded".[9]


In 2000, Q placed Bryter Layter at number 23 in its list of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever". It ranked at number 14 in NME's list of "The Greatest Albums of the '70s".[10]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 245 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Nick Drake.

Side one
2."Hazey Jane II"3:46
3."At the Chime of a City Clock"4:47
4."One of These Things First"4:52
5."Hazey Jane I"4:31
Side two
6."Bryter Layter"3:24
8."Poor Boy"6:09
9."Northern Sky"3:47


Nick Drake performs vocals and guitar, except where indicated otherwise.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 6 March 1971 Island LP ILPS 9134
May 1987 CD CID 9134
26 June 2000 IMCD 71



  1. ^ a b c Drake, Gabrielle, Nick Drake: Remembered For A While, Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
  2. ^ Music Blogger. Bryter layter: Nick Drake's Gabrielle Drake sheds a little light on her late sibling. SF Bay Guardian Online. 27 September 2007.
  3. ^ "An interview with Robert Kirby". Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Bryter Layter - Nick Drake : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly: 24. 12 May 2000. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Greene, Jayson (22 January 2014). "Nick Drake: Tuck Box : Album Reviews : Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  7. ^ Q, May 2007, Issue 250.
  8. ^ Mojo: 99. July 2000. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Alternative Press: 88. March 2001. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ NME: 19. 18 September 1993. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Desert Island Discs, interview in July 2017". Retrieved 16 September 2018.

The title is in reference to Queen's English and BBC weather reporters who would describe the weather as "brighter later".[citation needed]

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