Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Remaster + Digital Download

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Bryter Layter is the second studio album by English folk musician Nick Drake, originally released in March 1971 via Island Records.

With even more of the Fairport Convention crew helping him out - including bassist Dave Pegg and drummer Dave Mattacks along with, a bit of help again 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.

This "Back to Black" series reissued LP with Remastered Audio is pressed in Europe on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl includes reproduced artwork with textured sleeve and digital download.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Introduction

1:33

A2

Hazey Jane II

3:46

A3

At The Chime Of A City Clock

4:47

A4

One Of These Things First

4:52

A5

Hazey Jane I

4:31

B1

Bryter Layter

3:24

B2

Fly

3:00

B3

Poor Boy

6:09

B4

Northern Sky

3:47

B5

Sunday

3:42

SKU 602537347551
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0602537347551
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 27 May 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 05 March 1971
Barcode # 602537347551
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Textured Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Digital Download Code, "Back to Black" Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Format VINYL LP

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