NICK DRAKE - Tuck Box (2013) [5CD Box Set]
Nick Drake was strling to find success when he died from an overdose of antidepressants in 1974, at the age of 26, but since then his gentle, haunting songs have transformed him into a folk legend. Now his complete catalogue has been re-released, housed in a replica of his school tuck box. The 5CD set of course includes his three now-celebrated albums, including Five Leaves Left, with lush string backing on songs such as River Man, and the more stark and simple Pink Moon, on which he demonstrated his impressive guitar work. Then there's Made to Love Magic, released in 2004, which includes out-takes and his final 1974 recordings, including the bleak Black Eyed Dog, and Family Tree, a set of home recordings he made before 1969, that was originally released in 2007. It's predictably patchy, but he showed some inspired guitar work on his cover of Bert Jansch's Strolling Down the Highway. Each CD comes housed in mini-replica LP sleeves and come with reproductions of the original shop posters for each release. The box set itself is a 7-inch square and the design depicts Nick Drake's own tuck box from his Marlborough College days, used to guard the various cakes dispatched weekly from his mother, Molly Drake.
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