• ANNIVERSARY POST •
Album: Bryter Layter
Artist: Nick Drake
Genre: Folk rock, Baroque Pop
70 years ago today Columbia records introduced the 12", 33&1/3 rpm vinyl disc. Yes, the vinyl record as we know it.
And that very day, but on the other side of the Atlantic, Nick Drake was born.
Like many lucky artists, he could have made a living out of the vinyl record such was his musical talent. But in this case, success came too late.
Anyway, this is his second album and my favorite one. "Bryter Layter" was recorded in 1970 and released in may 1971 to poor sales, dispite some positive reviews.
Of the three albums Nick Drake recorded, this is the one with the
lushest production, featuring ex-Velvet Underground John Cale on several instruments like harpsichord, celeste and viola. The result is a beautiful album of baroque pop music, full of sad (and even some happy) tunes sung by Nick's delicate vocals.
It's impossible not to think what would have happened if Nick Drake survived the complicated life he was living. I'm not sure he would like to become famous.
As for the vinyl record standarized by Columbia, it nearly died too but is still with us.
And became my favorite way of keeping Nick Drake's legacy alive.
Favorite tracks: Hazey Jane I, The Chime Of A City Clock, Poor Boy, Bryter Layter, Nothern Sky, Sunday.
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