Nick Drake – Pink Moon

Published on 1 March 2019 by

      Nick Drake – Pink Moon is the third and final studio album by the English folk musician Nick Drake, released on 25 February 1972 on Island. It was recorded at midnight in two separate two-hour sessions, over two days in October 1971, featuring only Nick Drake’s vocals and guitar, as well as some piano later overdubbed by Drake on the title track.

      Ned Raggett:  ‘After two albums of tastefully orchestrated folk-pop, albeit some of the least demonstrative and most affecting around, Drake chose a radical change for what turned out to be his final album. Not even half-an-hour long, with 11 short songs and no more — he famously remarked at the time that he simply had no more to record — Pink Moon more than anything else is the record that made Drake the cult figure he remains. Specifically, Nick Drake – Pink Moon is the bleakest of them all; that the likes of Belle and Sebastian are fans of Drake may be clear enough, but it’s doubtful they could ever achieve the calm, focused anguish of this album, as harrowing as it is attractive. No side musicians or outside performers help this time around — it’s simply Drake and Drake alone on vocals, acoustic guitar, and a bit of piano, recorded by regular producer Joe Boyd but otherwise untouched by anyone else. The lead-off title track was eventually used in a Volkswagen commercial nearly 30 years later, giving him another renewed burst of appreciation — one of life’s many ironies, in that such an affecting song, Drake’s softly keened singing and gentle strumming, could turn up in such a strange context. The remainder of the album follows the same general path, with Drake’s elegant melancholia avoiding sounding pretentious in the least thanks to his continued embrace of simple, tender vocalizing. Meanwhile, the sheer majesty of his guitar playing — consider the opening notes of “Road” or “Parasite” — makes for a breathless wonder to behold.’


Nick Drake – Pink Moon Tracklist

  1. Pink Moon 0:00,
  2. Place to Be 2:06
  3. Road 4:50
  4. Which Will 6:53
  5. Horn 9:51
  6. Things Behind the Sun 11:15
  7. Know 15:12
  8. Parasite 17:38
  9. Free Ride 21:15
  10. Harvest Breed 24:22
  11. From the Morning 26:00

Nick Drake - Pink Moon

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