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Bryter Layter

4.5 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews

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Vinyl, Import, 4 Jun 2013

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  • Vinyl (4 June 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 4 June 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The second album from Nick Drake came in 1970, and while not quite as melancholy as his debut, Five Leaves Left, there are certain brooding qualities that continued to propagate the Nick Drake mystique. Horns, flute, and strings arrangements lift such songs as "At the Chime of a City Clock" and "Hazy Jane I" and "II" out of the realm of sad, folk-guitar music into something jazzier and lighter, while the beautiful piano and simple guitar of "One of These Things First" laments what could have been without sounding like a song of despair. But two tracks featuring John Cale on various instruments (such as viola and harpsichord) have the dark fragility of "Pink Moon": the lovely "Fly" is a fragile apparition, and "Northern Sky" is a dreamy, brooding plea for long-lasting love. Definitely not the same mood music as his starker work, but still a fine showcase for Nick Drake. Musician include:: Richard Thompson, guitar; Dave Pegg, bass; Dave Mattacks, drums; John Cale, keyboards and viola; Ray Warleigh, viola and flute; Pat Arnold and Doris Troy, vocals It was remastered by John Wood at Abbey Road studios from the original 40 year old analogue master tapes.

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James C.
5.0 out of 5 starsEssential Nick Drake
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4.0 out of 5 starsAmazing re-release, though with minor missteps
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Mark McDonough
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of My Three Favorite Nick Drake Albums! (grin)
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W. March
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant!
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steven clarke
5.0 out of 5 starsa must listen
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