Nick Drake

Real Name:
Nicholas Rodney Drake
British folk legend. Released three albums before he died in 1974 from an overdose of anti-depressant medication.
Born June 19, 1948, Rangoon, Burma. Died November 25, 1974, Tanworth-in-Arden, England.

Father: Rodney Drake
Mother: Molly Drake
Sister: Gabrielle Drake
Cousin (distant): William D. Drake
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ILPS 9105, ILPS-9105 Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left album art Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (Album) Island Records ILPS 9105, ILPS-9105 UK 1969 Sell This Version
ILPS 9134 Nick Drake - Bryter Layter album art Nick Drake Bryter Layter (Album) Island Records ILPS 9134 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SMAS-9318 Nick Drake - Pink Moon album art Nick Drake Pink Moon (Album) Island Records SMAS-9318 US 1972 Sell This Version
0249866318 Nick Drake - Made To Love Magic album art Nick Drake Made To Love Magic (Comp, Album) Island Records, Island Records 0249866318 Canada 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RSS 7 Nick Drake - Sampler album art Nick Drake Sampler(12", S/Sided, Promo, Smplr) Island Records RSS 7 UK 1979 Sell This Version
VHNCD 4436/1 Nick Drake - Pink Moon album art Nick Drake Pink Moon(CD, Single, Promo) Hannibal Records VHNCD 4436/1 US 2000 Sell This Version
CIDDJ 871 Nick Drake - River Man album art Nick Drake River Man (Single) Island Records, Island Records CIDDJ 871 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CID 854, CID854, 9866470-0, 9866470 Nick Drake - Magic album art Nick Drake Magic (Single) Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records CID 854, CID854, 9866470-0, 9866470 UK 2004 Sell This Version
No. 11 Nick Drake - Plaisir D'Amour album art Nick Drake Plaisir D'Amour(7", S/Sided, Ltd, Promo) Antar No. 11 UK 2012 Sell This Version
S713 Nick Drake - Rider On The Wheel album art Nick Drake Rider On The Wheel(7", S/Sided, Ltd) Secret 7" S713 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Nick Drake - The John Peel Session album art Nick Drake The John Peel Session (EP) Antar Records none 2014 Sell This Version
ANTARSP012 Nick Drake - 'Cello Song album art Nick Drake 'Cello Song(7", S/Sided, Single, Ltd) Antar Records ANTARSP012 UK 2014 Sell This Version


SMAS-9307 Nick Drake - Nick Drake album art Nick Drake Nick Drake (Comp) Island Records SMAS-9307 US 1971 Sell This Version
ANDSP 3100 Nick Drake - Fruit Tree · The Complete Recorded Works album art Nick Drake Fruit Tree · The Complete Recorded Works (Comp, Album) Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records ANDSP 3100 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
VG 71441 Nick Drake - Heaven In A Wild Flower - An Exploration Of Nick Drake album art Nick Drake Heaven In A Wild Flower - An Exploration Of Nick Drake (Comp, Album) Island Records VG 71441 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
HNBL 1318 Nick Drake - Time Of No Reply album art Nick Drake Time Of No Reply (Comp) Hannibal Records HNBL 1318 US 1986 Sell This Version
IGDA 1161/1162 Nick Drake - John Martyn / Bruce Cockburn / Nick Drake album art John Martyn / Bruce Cockburn / Nick Drake John Martyn / Bruce Cockburn / Nick Drake - John Martyn / Bruce Cockburn / Nick Drake (Album, Comp) DeAgostini IGDA 1161/1162 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
VRCD 4434 Nick Drake - The Hannibal Sampler album art Nick Drake The Hannibal Sampler(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Rykodisc, Hannibal Records VRCD 4434 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
RYKINRK 001 Nick Drake - Tamworth album art Nick Drake Tamworth(CD, Comp, Promo) Les Inrockuptibles, Rykodisc, Hannibal Records RYKINRK 001 France 1992 Sell This Version
HNCD 1386 ADV Nick Drake - Way To Blue - An Introduction To Nick Drake album art Nick Drake Way To Blue - An Introduction To Nick Drake (Comp) Island Records, Island Records HNCD 1386 ADV US 1994 Sell This Version
CID 8149, 986 792-2 Nick Drake - A Treasury album art Nick Drake A Treasury (Comp) Island Records, Island Records CID 8149, 986 792-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
DRAKECD1 Nick Drake - Tribeca Sampler album art Nick Drake Tribeca Sampler(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Island Records DRAKECD1 US 2006 Sell This Version
B0012792-02 Nick Drake - Family Tree album art Nick Drake Family Tree (Comp, Album) Island Records, Island Records B0012792-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
FRUITCD1 Nick Drake - The Pick Of The Fruit Tree album art Nick Drake The Pick Of The Fruit Tree(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Island Records FRUITCD1 UK & US 2007 Sell This Version
none Nick Drake - Nick Drake album art Nick Drake Nick Drake(LP, Album, Comp, Promo) BMG none USA & Canada 2008 Sell This Version

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November 27, 2019
While I do like Nick Drake’s gentle, lilting folk rhythms and soft, melodic world-weary voice I think that it is just a great shame, that he is not around any more, as I think he would sound really good, on a party rocking EDM collaboration with The Chainsmokers. It would be a number one record!!


December 20, 2018
It's incorrect to state that no-one was aware of Drake in the 1980's. It's just that his posthumous fame has burgeoned steadily, and with constant digital reissue ever since, it's grown to far more vast proportion since. However, anyone with more than a slight interest in the general era/area of music making was aware of Drake in the 80's. The vast majority of his far larger audience now will likely never hear, nor likely ever develop an interest in Michael Chapman, or John Martyn, Roy Harper, Mandy More, Vashti Bunyan, or any number of post-modern late 60's troubadours.


March 20, 2018
I didn't equate monetary value to musical quality at all, I wondered about the source of your deep seated feelings of resentment at Drake's current popularity and apparent disdain for those who get pleasure from listening to his music. To me it smacks of someone with an axe to grind for some reason and I wondered if you had perhaps sold off your pink Island first press of his first LP in 1983 for a quid, or swapped it for an altered images LP, and it eats away at you to the point you feel the need to rant about how utterly vacuuous his music is and the people who like it are. It was just a theory.

Judging from your comments, I am probably around the same age as you and have probably followed a similar musical path, through the furthest backwaters of obscure 60s/70s music. There were many people who were teens in the 80s who followed a similar course and very often they developed into people who could only enjoy music if it was obscure and not well known. Again, I wonder if this may be the cause of your vitriol against Drake, with Shawaddywaddy and Altered Images chucked in to throw people off the scent. My memory is different to yours and very few knew about Drake in the 80s/90s, his LPs were only still in print because that was a condition of Joe Boyd selling Witchseason to Island at the time, not because they were ever selling anything. Drake has been stolen away from the 'elite' and is genuinely popular with his music on adverts, in coffee shops and on your mum's CD player. All I can say is the artists you feel are more weighty and talented than Drake I am very familiar with and I don't agree. Michael Chapman's It Didn't Work Out is great, but the rest is pretty lame in my opinion. I suppose that is taste and there is no right or wrong, it is entirely subjective. Perhaps you should go back and listen again? Maybe it will click for you on the thousandth listen?


March 13, 2018
reply to rhubarbrhubarbs comment- you misinterpreted why ive listened to drakes lps many times, which ive done only to see if im missing something, ditto other bands that i do not connect with eg queen, xtc, and to some extent david bowie, all of whom i like, but find their lps inconsistent and jarring to listen to (except "low"), my comments on drake are what i genuinely think about his music, and a small effort to redress the balance somewhat, as i think his current status is out of proportion to his music, and is the product of fashion rather than objectivity. eg drake was never forgotten or truly obscure, that notion is merely hype and mythmaking. his lps went through repressings, whereas genuinely obscure artists like mandy more or even vashti bunyan up to her mass rediscovery, were never repressed and were genuinely forgotten. overall his music seems weak. the only other comment on drake here begins by stating that he was quote "possibly the greatest folk musician who ever lived" which is surely written by someone who has not heard much folk and, no offence, surely drake is more of a singer songrwriter albeit with an acoustic folky angle. in tnat respect pentangle, as original folk orientated artists blow his music away. there should be no sense of quote "anger" in my comments, i had 30 minutes to kill in -14 in eastern europe, hence the "review". its also strange that rhubarbrhubarb equates monetary collector value with musical quality, i love eg altered images £2.50p lps as much as dr z and the cash value of lps should not influence ones estimation of musical merit. if michael chapman had blown his brains out after releasing "fully qualified survivor" that lp would perhaps be more generally considered a masterpiece, its a lot more interesting than drakes rather mundane tunes. in the "review" i attempted to cover all aspects of what i honestly think, as a music fan, is mediocre about his music because i have never read a negative criticism of drakes music since he became the poster boy of emo-pop fans. yet as a teenager in the mid eighties nearly everyone i knew was familiar with his lps and thought they were either wishy-washy, rubbish, or just not that the current scenario is puzzling, as if everyone suddenly revered Showaddywaddy...arguably the better artists. 8am no sleep for 48hrs, Anti-Drake Revolutionary Faction, Moldova.


February 27, 2018
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given the religious adoration of nick drake i hope his fans will not react too fervently to the following radical difference of opinion. to give this context im open minded about music, owned tens of thousands of lps and listened to huge amounts of music from all over the world, punk, prog, reggae, anything. and i dont like nick drake, and do not understand his popularity. it seems he is an example of retrospective myth making, and has become the acceptable side of the underground, easy for the middlebrow non-music fans to like and buy into. his music is suitably inoffensive. it drifts by with light guitar playing and whispery vocals, like a slightly jaded young clergyman. it has no power, it is the manifest sound of defeat. the mythos around him is pure wishful thinking and projection. the oft repeated story that he dropped off the master tapes of pink moon at his label and was not recognised is upon closer thought not really a reason for deification. a secretary didnt recognise him, would she have recognised the bass player from gnidrolog, the monochrome set, or elp??? probably not. drake was unhappy and died. so are lots of people, so does everyone. comparisons are perhaps silly, but i cant help think of sandy denny. if i listen to next time around by denny, i hear an extraordinary depth of emotional expression, of grappling with difficulties, of poetic phrasing, elegant and uplifting melodies, of deep sadness, and attempts to understand and crystallise thoughts and moods, in an ultimately beautiful and profound song. denny fell downstairs and died later, slightly mundane, no rock cliche drug od, no hint of glamorous suicide. was nick drake the misunderstood and ignored genius? the ultimate outsider? his lps sold. when i was younger in the 80s he was still well known. the aura created around him is false myth. daily telegraph glamorisation. on his second lp he presumably allowed the production to be awash with strings. it smacks of a label trying to increase sales. in fact did he want to be don maclean? in itself a string laden lp is a commercial cliche. im thus sceptical of him being an idiosyncratic individualist. he allowed that to happen, and posed for contrived cover shots, why? i find his music extremely weak. his vocals are oddly akin to the embarrasing demo tapes i used to receive when running a record label. people who desperately wanted to be stars, singing nervously onto tape in their bedrooms, sadly without talent. drake did have talent, but ultimately what i frankly hate about his music is the aforementioned sense of defeat in it. in fact i think thats why he is popular, because at this point in time, people are lost, disconnected from instinct and nature, and defeated. they associate with drakes uselessness. his music does not uplift, it validates submission. this idea also connects with the so called outsider status, as the entire interest in outsider art is surely because the lack of actual talent in the form makes it easy for untalented non artists to associate with, eg a felt pen scribble by an imbecile masquerading as an artist looks a lot like what anyone lacking technical skill can produce, again it validates non talent as art in a society that worships artists as replacements for gods. this part is self analysis- on a hormonal level it seems lots of women like drake, i think they want to mother him. he sounds like something defeated, giving up, dying. how sweet. non-threatening. as a heterosexual bloke that effeminacy is slightly disturbing and very unattractive. al stewart also has a slightly girly delivery, but hes brilliant, witty, intelligent, and wrote masterful songs. denny, martyn, jansch, renbourn, kate bush, i mean...think of mandy mores astonishing 'but that is me' lp, its genuinely obscure, didnt sell, its a masterpiece of artistic expression, in comparison drake is like a weak cup of tea thats unattractively luke warm. for a unique and slightly forgotten folk lp how about the difficult masterpiece that is carolanne peggs solo lp? george michaels 'older' is a more profound exploration of human misery than drakes pink moon. in closing, ive repeatedly listened to drake over decades to try to find any merit, there may be merit, but the defectiveness of his persona and his message overwhelms anything worthy of admiration. i very rarely dislike anything to the extent i dislike drake, and remain shocked at the praise he receives. to me he is the great false idol of popular music, consumer packaged for the masses, ready to be played by tom cruise in a hollywood atrocity as if el cid, wept at by idiots, if anyone else thinks like this pls post here as i wonder if, though correct, im entirely isolated in my opinion. nick drake fans still reading please go and listen to michael chapmans fully qualified survivor. i humbly beleive that the average nick drake fans lp collection consists of nick drake, beyonce and coldplay.


October 8, 2012
Possibly the greatest folk musician who ever lived

In Nick Drake's short life, he has made 3 albums, 31 songs (and that's not including bootlegs or posthumous releases), and toms of still photographs. He has suffered from depression a d insomnia almost all of his life, he has rarely performed live, and the only know footage of him is when he was a baby.

Nick has never made not one bad song. His featherlight voice, unique guitar-picking, and melancholy lyrics reminiscent of William Blake and John Keats rather than shantys and singalongs like most other folk artists do, truly are "a troubled cure for a troubled mind" and "a way to blue"...
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