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  • Carl Z.
    The link also has an interview with Joe Boyd about the disc: Nick Drake Unreleased LP Due Fred Mills
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 11, 2007
      The link also has an interview with Joe Boyd about the disc:

      Nick Drake Unreleased LP Due
      Fred Mills
      April 11, 2007

      On June 19, Tsunami LG/Fontana issues Family Tree, a collection of
      unreleased tracks from Nick Drake. Culled from the Drake Estate
      vaults, it comprises material the late folk bard recorded in the late
      '60s before his debut album, 1969's Five Leaves Left. These 28 songs
      include 20 Drake made using a reel to reel at his home (Far Leys in
      Tanworth In Arden) plus eight recorded on cassette (in Aix En
      Provence). Two songs, "Poor Mum" and "Try to Remember," were written
      and performed by his mother Molly—hence the title, Family Tree.

      An official press release about the album reads, in part:

      After Nick Drake's death in 1974, his parents Rodney and Molly
      Drake began to receive visits from fans compelled to understand more
      about the source of his music by traveling to the place where he lived
      and died. For Rodney and Molly, this was no invasion of privacy. On
      the contrary, aware that this might be the beginning of the
      recognition that their son had longed for in his lifetime, they
      invited those fans in and quite often shared the music a young Nick
      had recorded on an early reel-to-reel recorder. Often fans left with
      their own cassette tapes of those songs.

      Some third and fourth generation versions of these tapes circulated
      among collectors on rare bootlegs for decades. The overwhelming fan
      demand for unreleased material or stronger versions of these
      poor-quality bootlegged songs has thrown up a challenge to the estate
      to release something worthy of his legacy.

      The 'Family Tree' release will include a letter written from Gabrielle
      Drake to her brother in which she reminisces about their growing up,
      their family life, and explains how she has tried to preserve his
      legacy as she thinks he would approve. "I hope that, in the
      circumstances, you could have given "Family Tree" your blessing. Or if
      not, that you could have at least looked on with that wry smile of

      'Family Tree,' unlike Nick's albums which contained only his own
      material, features the young artist mastering the compositions made
      famous by Bob Dylan, Blind Boy Fuller, and Jackson C Frank. It also
      showcases his early songwriting skills on tracks like "They're Leaving
      Me Behind", "Blossom" and "Come into the Garden". In segues between
      tracks, the listener hears Nick speaking aloud to himself, even
      laughing in between takes. The album also includes two versions of
      songs that ended up on Nick's first album 'Five Leaves Left' which
      were recorded by his arranger Robert Kirby whilst they were both
      studying at Cambridge University in 1968.

      You need only hear Nick and Gabrielle's exquisite blood harmonies on
      "All My Trials"— or Nick playing clarinet with his aunt and uncle on
      "Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio"—to realize that this was a house whose
      inhabitants entertained themselves and each other by playing music. In
      the album closer "Do You Ever Remember?" Molly Drake sings not just
      for their sorrow, but also for the laughter that once resounded
      throughout a happy, loving home. It's a laughter that resounds -
      sometimes literally - throughout the whole of 'Family Tree.' In doing
      so, it brings us closer to who Nick Drake was than perhaps any written
      account of his life thus far.

      Following the release of Family Tree there is also to be an upgraded
      edition of the 1986 boxed set Fruit Tree (on both CD and vinyl) as
      well as a DVD of the recent, acclaimed Drake documentary A Skin Too

      Family Tree Tracklisting:

      1. Come In To The Garden (introduction) (Nick Drake)
      2. They're Leaving Me Behind (Nick Drake)
      3. Time Piece (Nick Drake)
      4. Poor Mum (M.Drake) performed by Molly Drake
      5. Winter Is Gone (Traditional, arr: Nick Drake)
      6. All My Trials (Traditional) performed by Nick and Gabrielle Drake
      7. Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, (W.A. Mozart)
      8. Strolling Down the Highway (Bert Jansch)
      9. Paddling In Rushmere (Traditional)
      10. Cocaine Blues (Traditional)
      11. Blossom (Nick Drake)
      12. Been Smokin' Too Long (Robin Frederick)
      13. Black Mountain Blues (Traditional)
      14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Bob Dylan)
      15. If You Leave Me (Dave Van Ronk)
      16. Here Come The Blues (Jackson C. Frank)
      17. Sketch 1 (Nick Drake)
      18. Blues Run The Game (Jackson C. Frank)
      19. My Baby So Sweet (Traditional)
      20. Milk And Honey (Jackson C. Frank)
      21. Kimbie (Traditional)
      22. Bird Flew By (Nick Drake)
      23. Rain (Nick Drake)
      24. Strange Meeting II (Nick Drake)
      25. Day Is Done (Nick Drake)
      26. Come Into The Garden (Nick Drake)
      27. Way to Blue (Nick Drake)
      28. Do You Ever Remember? (M. Drake) performed by Molly Drake
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