Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9105
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Genre:Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Folk Rock, Folk


A1Time Has Told Me
Electric GuitarRichard Thompson
PianoPaul Harris (2)
A2River Man
Arranged ByHarry Robinson
A3Three Hours
CongasRocki Dzidzornu
A4Day Is Done
Arranged ByRobert Kirby
A5Way To Blue
Arranged ByRobert Kirby
B1'Cello Song
CelloClare Lowther
CongasRocki Dzidzornu
B2The Thoughts Of Mary Jane
Arranged ByRobert Kirby
B3Man In A Shed3:49
B4Fruit Tree
Arranged ByRobert Kirby
B5Saturday Sun
Drums, VibraphoneTristam Fry*
PianoNick Drake

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Released on a pink Island label with black ''block'' logo, in a fold-out cover.
This release should be used for the smooth label pressing from Phonodisc ltd. The rough label version pressed by Orlake can be found here Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
'Day Is Done' & 'Way To Blue' track listing is reversed on first cover and also label. Label is corrected on subsequent pressings. Album actually plays 'Way to Blue' followed by 'Day is Done'.

Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): ILPS 9105 A//2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): ILPS 9105 B//2

Other Versions (5 of 73)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Five Leaves Left (LP, Album, Advance copy in unmade two piece sleeve)Island RecordsILPS 9105UK1969
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Five Leaves Left (LP, Album, Misprint)Island Records, Island RecordsILPS 9105, ILPS-9105UK1969
New Submission
Five Leaves Left (LP, Album, Orlake, Rough Label)Island RecordsILPS 9105UK1969
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Five Leaves Left (Cassette, Album)Island RecordsCIR 15011UK1970
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Five Leaves Left (LP, Album, Repress, Stereo)Island RecordsILPS-9105UK1972


  • berkleymews's avatar
    Listening to this first pressing is a beautiful, immersive experience.
    • JDT1337's avatar
      The thing with Mr. Drake that people often forget is that he played gatar
      • whitepatrick's avatar
        An absolutely brilliant record, both in terms of writing and performance and in production. Joe Boyd gets out of the way and lets Drake's voice and guitar shine. Other instrumentation is sparse and gorgeous. The real standout, however, is the string arrangements.

        I have a recent Island Records reissue on what feels like 200g vinyl. It sounds really good, but it is my second copy, and both were pretty badly warped. So beware.
        • CRONK1980's avatar
          Holy shit this album is amazing . . . .
          • NWpunx's avatar
            Edited 5 years ago
            A great album. All of Nick's albums are great. Love his voice and guitar. I'm mainly into punk stuff and love him dearly. I consider this the first folk record I ever got into. "River Man" is my favorite song off this album. It's a good end-of-the-day song. Good for when you're depressed, drinking beer and watching the sun go down on a hot summer day. RIP. Hard to believe he passed away at only 26.

            I'd heard the name Nick Drake off and on for years and assumed he was a 70-something year old music legend. Didn't really know who he was. Quite surprising when I finally heard him and realized he had died decades before and was quite young. His name is quite handsome.
            • MerryMusic's avatar
              Very 1st pressings are on textured Pink Block Label - 'Polydor' Pressing
              This can be easily identified by the textured matte label with the ridge around the edge. The album is on heavy vinyl and the matrix numbers are ILPS 9105 A//2 & ILPS 9105 B//2 (A//3 - A//3 varients exist) which are machine stamped. There isn't an A1/B1 matrix pink label. All of these are Pink Rim labels and probably unofficial reissues. The gatefold sleeve was printed by Ernest J. Day and the track order for Day is Done and Way to Blue is reversed. The labels show the correct track order listing. The Island Records address on the back is Basing Street, London W11.



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