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Fruit Tree (limited) [Box set]

Nick DrakeAudio CD
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Nick Drake's avid cult following continues to grow as does the list of contemporary artists who cite the legendary singer/songwriter as an inspiration--from R.E.M., Paul Weller, Travis, Portishead, The Coral and Coldplay to David Gray, Super Furry Animals and Beth Orton. Now a new "best of" compilation, A Treasury (Island/UMe), released September 28, 2004, brings Drake's ... Read more in Amazon's Nick Drake Store

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  • Audio CD (December 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • ASIN: B000UPCDUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pink Moon
2. Place To Be
3. Road
4. Which Will
5. Horn
6. Things Behind The Sun
7. Know
8. Parasite
9. Free Ride
10. Harvest Breed
11. From The Morning
12. Time Has Told Me
13. River Man
14. Three Hours
15. Way To Blue
16. Day Is Done
17. Cello Song
18. Thoughts Of Mary Jane
19. Man In A Shed
20. Fruit Tree
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Extremely limited one-time pressing! 2007 reissue of this box set features three CDs plus a bonus DVD that contains the BBC documentary A Skin Too Few and a 108 page book. The box set consists of his three original albums: Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later and Pink Moon. It's impossible to keep count of the contemporary artists who cite Drake as an inspiration, but a cursory round-up includes R.E.M., Snow Patrol, Norah Jones, Radiohead, Paul Weller, Travis, Portishead, The Coral, Coldplay, David Gray, Super Furry Animals and Beth Orton. Actors Brad Pitt, Heath Ledger, Bill Paxton and Zach Braff all site Drake's albums as among their favorites. Along with household names of his creative lifetime (the Stones, The Beatles, Marley, Hendrix), his albums have become an unofficial set text for anyone passionate about music. Island.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fruitful tree March 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Nick Drake was one of those rare artists who had great talents, but too little time on this earth. When he died in his mid-twenties in 1974, Drake left behind only three albums of poignant folk pop. Three albums, and a demo/B-side collection -- sadly, that was all he created.

"Fruit Tree" collects all four albums together, in the order they were released: The first is his enchanting debut "Five Leaves Left," a wistful and startlingly polished first album. "Five Leaves First" is followed by the masterful, brooding "Bryter Layter," which many consider to be his best work of all.

His swan song was the beautiful, tormented "Pink Moon," which hints at Drake's inner turmoil, but not in a raw or obvious way. Coming after that was "Time of No Reply," a solid collection of non-album tracks. Admittedly, it's a bit of an anticlimax after the veiled emotion of "Pink Moon," but still extremely good.

It's a rare thing when am artist's entire discography is made up of beautiful songwriting and equally exquisite music. There is literally not a single bad song on the entire collection -- the worst songs on it can simply be said to be pretty good, but never bad. That in itself is a rarity.

Drake's music is of a nearly-uniform mood -- wistful, brooding, soft and melodic. Normally a repeating theme is a bad thing, but Drake managed to keep it always interesting. He has a few catchier songs, a few bland-ish ones, and a few hopeful ones. But the overall sound is of a young man with romantic sensibilities, who was also sad and fragile.

But despite his loneliness, Drake had immense writing ability. His songwriting has a simple eloquence, with poetic overtones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Genius December 23, 2012
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Nick Drake was a musical genius who left this Earth way too early. Every June 19th (his birthday) I make sure to play his music. For those who haven't heard him, I recommend getting this box set along with Made To Love Magic, which is sold separately. Made To Love Magic has the last song he ever recorded, Tow The Line (1974). This box set has all 3 albums, Five Leaves Left (1968), Bryter Layter (1970), and Pink Moon (1972) plus the documentary A Skin Too Few that features interviews with the people who knew him best.

To quote one of his greatest lyrics -

I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you're here
Brighten my northern sky

R.I.P. Nick. You certainly brightened my Northern Sky and life and I hope you continue to for those who are just tuning into you.
Now We Rise And We Are Everywhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection. April 20, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beautifully presented in a box with slim cd sleeves. Includes an informative booklet and especially good is the DVD telling Nick Drake's story including an interview with his sister and producer. If you like his music this is the definitive collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Radar May 4, 2009
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I don't know how Nick Drake stayed below the radar all these years. I think this boxed set which captures all his music is phenomenal. His voice is reminiscent of Donovan, but the depth of his writing and his music goes way beyond a something silly like Mellow Yellow. Incredible stuff. Thanks to the movie score from Seven Pounds for opening my eyes to this great artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing January 5, 2009
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Moody and dark, but with a hopeful quality - similar to Elliot Smith in feel. This is a beautiful and astounding collection of albums - astounding because I can't believe I haven't heard of Nick Drake before now. The accompanying DVD is quite interesting as well.
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