Nick Drake

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Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and was a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. Drake's reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. No footage of the adult Drake has ever been released; only still photographs and home footage from his childhood.

Drake suffered from major depression, and this was often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972's Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, at the age of 26, Drake died from an overdose of approximately 30 amitriptyline pills, a prescribed antidepressant. His cause of death was determined to be suicide.

Drake's music remained available through the mid-1970s, but the 1979 release of the retrospective album Fruit Tree allowed his back catalogue to be reassessed. By the mid-1980s Drake was being credited as an influence by such artists as Robert Smith, David Sylvian and Peter Buck. In 1985, The Dream Academy reached the UK and US charts with "Life in a Northern Town", a song written for and dedicated to Drake. By the early 1990s, he had come to represent a certain type of "doomed romantic" musician in the UK music press. His first biography was published in 1997, followed in 1998 by the documentary film A Stranger Among Us.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Five Leaves Left 4.75 8
1970 Bryter Layter 4.75 7
1972 Pink Moon 4.6 11

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Fruit Tree 4.7 5
1985 Heaven in a Wild Flower: An Exploration of Nick Drake 1
1987 Time of No Reply 2
1992 The Hannibal Sampler 1
1994 Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake 3
1994 Tanworth-in-Arden 1967/68 1
1998 The Complete Home Recordings 1
2001 Second Grace: Alternate Versions and Unreleased Songs 2
2004 Made to Love Magic 4
2004 A Treasury 2
2005 Time Has Told Me 1
2006 Time Has Told Me, Volume Two 1
2007 Family Tree 3
2013 N. R. Drake, 69. 1
2014 A Day Gone By... 1
Tanworth-in-Arden II 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Magic 1
2004 River Man 2

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