Pink Moon is the sound of Nick Drake cracking up. That's not exactly true–some have long thought that his death by an overdose of an anti-depressant was an accident, and not suicide–but this album, recorded over two late nights, certainly sounds like a fever dream. Peter Buck of R.E.M. has called the album "Like an English version of (Robert Johnson's great blues) `Hellhound on My Trail.'" The lyrics to the title song read in their entirety: "Saw it written and I saw it say, pink moon is on its way. None of you will stand so tall, pink moon is gonna get ye all. And it's a pink moon." Aside from a splash of piano, the only instrumentation on this stark and spooky collection is Drake's eloquent acoustic guitar. –John Milward
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Nick Drake's final album, released in 1972. With basic tracks recorded in a span of three days, PINK MOON is much more spare than the prior two albums. Because of the disc's lean arrangements, Drake's dexterity as a guitarist is more in evidence than on earlier works. TJ McGrath, writing in Trouser Press Collector's Magazine, says, "The songs are stripped to bare emotion. No lighthearted and melancholy verses – these songs are cloaked in despair. PINK MOON gives no quarter." That said (and it's an accurate assessment), PINK MOON isn't really a depressing record; it's just a darker shade of blue.
Following the success of his 2011 album Rose of Sharon a celebration of 18th Century American music that landed on Billboard s classical chart and critics year-end lists the latest project by Joel Frederiksen and the Ensemble Phoenix Munich takes them all the way back in time to… 1972. That was the year the late British troubadour and cult favorite Nick Drake released his third and final album, Pink Moon. Initially, the album garnered a small amount of critical attention, but it was not until decades after Drake s death that it received widespread public and critical acclaim. Today, the sparse and unadorned tracks of Pink Moon are regarded by many fans and music critics as the greatest efforts of a tragically short career.
Island/Universal Music release a five CD, limited edition collection of the complete Nick Drake catalogue 'Tuck Box'; Five Leaves Left: Nick's debut album from 1969. Bryter Layter: the second album released in 1970. Pink Moon: Nick's final release from 1972. Made To Love Magic: the collection of Island-period recordings, out-takes, off cuts, cast-offs, orphans and the last 5 songs Nick recorded for his proposed 4th album. Family Tree: originally released in 2004 to add to and replace the Time Of No Reply compilation, Family Tree is a collection of recordings made before the Island Records period, from a 9 year old Nick playing Mozart through to spoken word pieces, early songs, cover versions and demos recorded to secure his contract, as well as two recordings by his mother Molly Drake perhaps written in response to her son (Originally released in 2007).
Cover-mount compilation with Mojo magazine issue 292 dated March 2018 of Nick Drake covers, most of which are recorded exclusively for this release (track 7 is from a forthcoming deluxe edition of Judy Dyble / Andy Lewis - Summer Dancing, track 8 from Amber Arcades - Cannonball and track 14 available on Various - Way To Blue - The Songs Of Nick Drake).