Wednesday, April 11, 2007
New Nick Drake Album
Nick Drake died or committed suicide 33 years ago and we've had numerous reissues of his three proper albums, a fourth album of outtakes, a boxed set, biographies, and a documentary. And if you haven't heard his three classic CDs, you can't go wrong with any of them but start with "Pink Moon." Surely we've heard everything there is to hear from him? Of course not. A new CD out June 19 contains demos and covers and sing-alongs with his sister, not to mention two solo numbers by his mom (and bless her, but why they're included other than to cajole her into releasing this stuff is beyond me). Apparently, the family used to hand out home-made cassettes to people who visited where he grew up. Now we're getting to hear it all too. One song in particular intrigues me: a cover of Jackson C Frank's "Blues Run The Game," a classic tune covered by Simon & Garfunkel and included in my friend's film "The Street."