Magic (Nick Drake song)

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Single by Nick Drake
from the album Made to Love Magic
Released 17 May 2004
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1969
Genre Baroque pop
Length 6:31
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Nick Drake
Producer(s) Robert Kirby and Joe Boyd
Nick Drake singles chronology
"River Man"
"River Man"

"Magic" (also known as "I Was Made to Love Magic") is the second listed song from Nick Drake's 2004 compilation album Made to Love Magic and was remastered and released as a single in 2004. The single was released on both CD and vinyl record formats with Bryter Layter track "Northern Sky" as a B-side.

"Magic" was originally recorded for the Five Leaves Left sessions but did not appear on the final album. A version of the song with a different string arranger features on Time of No Reply, Drake's 1986 outtakes compilation. For Made to Love Magic the song was artificially sped up and stripped of its original string section, which was scored by Richard Hewson. A separate string arrangement written in 1969 by Robert Kirby, recorded in 2004, was used as a backing to the new faster track. Upon its 2004 issue as a single, it was placed at #32 on the UK Singles Chart, the first time the single had appeared on the chart.

Track listing[edit]

All Songs by Nick Drake:

  1. Magic - 2:45
  2. Northern Sky - 3:46