Nick Drake (album)

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Nick Drake
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Compilation album by Nick Drake
Released August 1971
Genre Folk
Label Island
Producer Joe Boyd

Nick Drake was an American only LP compilation release by Nick Drake. It was released in August 1971 as SMAS-9307, shortly after Island Records had started selling their own records in the U.S. At the time, they were distributed by Capitol records.

The album included three songs from Five Leaves Left and five songs from Bryter Layter, and was packaged in a gate-fold sleeve that featured photos by Keith Morris.

The 5th Edition of the Goldmine Record Album Price Guide places its value at $80.

Universal Island Records released a limited-edition reproduction of the LP on April 20, 2013, as part of Record Store Day 2013.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Cello Song" - 4:48
  2. "Poor Boy" - 6:09
  3. "At the Chime of a City Clock" - 4:45
  4. "Northern Sky" - 3:45

Side two[edit]

  1. "River Man" - 4:22
  2. "Three Hours" - 6:15
  3. "One of These Things First" - 4:51
  4. "Fly" - 3:00


The 1971 August 7 edition of the Billboard Magazine gave the album the following review: " From the Opening Tune,"The Cello Song". Nick Drake has established his past, present and future, as he blends with the finest taste, the elements of jazz, classical and pop music with a mellow voice which whispers its message and soothes the ears of the listener. "Poor boy" is a jazz based arrangement leaning heavily on piano and saxophone improvisations and a soul chorus. "Three Hours is rhythmic and foreboding in parts" [1]


Production notes:

  • Joe Boyd – producer
  • John Wood – engineer


  1. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2015-03-23.