Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

 (Vinyl Box Set + Poster + Download Code)


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UPC: 602537134359
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Limited edition box set includes: Original textured sleeve, replica shop poster, live mini-poster and a reprint of Nick's handwritten set list.

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"...Certainly the most polished of his catalog...It begins to suggest a whole other tableau of unexplored possibilities...God, how damn confident it all sounds. He knew how good he was." — Mojo

Nick Drake‘s second album Bryter Layter (1970) is released in remastered vinyl form as a limited edition deluxe box set. The album gets the same treatment as the Pink Moon reissue from last year — pressed on audiophile heavyweight virgin vinyl, with the original packaging replicated, and additional items (such as handwritten lyrics) collected in a large clamshell-style box. 

"With even more of the Fairport Convention crew helping him out — including bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks along with, again, a bit of help from Richard Thompson — as well as John Cale and a variety of others, Drake tackled another excellent selection of songs on his second album. Demonstrating the abilities shown on Five Leaves Left didn't consist of a fluke, Bryter Layter featured another set of exquisitely arranged and performed tunes, with producer Joe Boyd and orchestrator Robert Kirby reprising their roles from the earlier release. Starting with the elegant instrumental 'Introduction,' as lovely a mood-setting piece as one would want, Bryter Layter indulges in a more playful sound at many points, showing that Drake was far from being a constant king of depression. While his performances remain generally low-key and his voice quietly passionate, the arrangements and surrounding musicians add a considerable amount of pep, as on the jazzy groove of the lengthy 'Poor Boy.' The argument could be made that this contravenes the spirit of Drake's work, but it feels more like a calmer equivalent to the genre-sliding experiments of Van Morrison at around the same time. Numbers that retain a softer approach, like 'At the Chime of a City Clock,' still possess a gentle drive to them. Cale's additions unsurprisingly favor the classically trained side of his personality, with particularly brilliant results on 'Northern Sky.' As his performances on keyboards and celeste help set the atmosphere, Drake reaches for a perfectly artful reflection on loss and loneliness and succeeds wonderfully." — All Music Guide

Side 1
Hazey Jane II
At The Chime Of A City Clock
One Of These Things First
Hazey Jane I

Side 2
Bryter Layter
Poor Boy
Northern Sky

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