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April 24th, 2007

Nick Drake – Family Tree, unreleased recordings


The ‘Pac of folk, Nick Drake, will posthumously release an album comprised of unreleased tracks recorded before his debut album, Fire leaves Left. Slated for release on June 19th, Family Tree brings together a collection of rare Nick Drake material that was culled from old reel-to-reel tapes. Family Tree sees Drake performing a duet with his sister, Gabrielle, and a solo performance from his mother Molly. Also included on the album are several covers performed by Drake. Many of the songs on Family Tree have been in circulation for some time thanks to Nick Drake’s parents making copies of the early tapes for adoring fans who came and visited them wanting to know more about their sons life and music. Family Tree presents the most complete picture of Nick Drake’s early career, that up until now has only seen scattered release. Today I have a track from the forthcoming Family Tree. The first is Nick Drake covering the incredibly talented Jackson C. Frank. If you’re not familiar with Jackson C. Frank I suggest you go download the Yo Si Oigo | Devendra Banhart’s Influences compilation, as there’s another great song by him on it. The second track I’ve included is the original song recorded by Jackson C. Frank.

Nick Drake – Milk and Honey (cover) One of my favorite covers, Drake makes this song his own. The sped up tempo and unique finger picking give the song a darker and more mysterious tone than the original

Jackson C. Frank – Milk and Honey (original) Hands down, one of the best folk songs ever written it’s incredible.

Head over to Bryter Music for more information about purchasing Family Tree


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