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Man Behind the Sun: Songs of Nick Drake Import

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1. Fruit Tree
2. River Man
3. They Are Leaving Me Behind
4. Things Behind the Sun
5. Time Has Told Me
6. From the Morning
7. Road
8. Harvest Breed
9. One of These Things First
10. Northern Sky

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Poland
  • ASIN: B009XY1VVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2013
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OK, I love this singer's voice and style. After hearing "The River", I had to make a special trip to Chicago to see her on her home turf. I mean, who else even tries to cover Egberto Gismonti ? And makes it work ? With a Polish accent ! This is awesomely insane !

OK, I already knew about Nick Drake. I like Nick Drake. A number of Jazz artists have recently picked up on Nick Drake, for whatever reason, and Brad Mehldau probably has a lot to do with it. But Grazyna obviously has some special affinity because this album rises above. I have no idea where the song "They Are Leaving Me Behind" comes from (not found on my 4 Nick Drake CDs) but it blows me away every time I listen to it.

If you got here because you think you like either of these artists, go ahead and pull the trigger.
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These songs by the late cult artist Nick Drake are given impressive treatment on "Man Behind the Sun." These songs sound like a labor of love from Ms. Auguscik who has been turning out astonishing and varied work for many years. The highlight, "River Man" demands repeated listening. The only false note on the album is "Time Has Told Me" with it's faux-country arrangement. All of the other offerings are sensitive and sweeping in scope. This is, overall, a lovely piece of work from a very talented artist. Enjoy!
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By Joseph R. Lex Jr. MD on April 28, 2014
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I have been a Grażyna Auguścik fan for many years and place her only behind the transcendent Aga Zaryan as top Polish jazz vocalist. The bossa nova albums she did with Paulinho Garcia are beautiful, and her duets with Polish jazz-mother Urszula Dudziak marvelous. This recording marks a splendid return to form after her questionable Beatles tribute. And I have been a Nick Drake fan since he was still alive. I would not have put the two together, but ... it works. In fact it more than works, it now seems an obvious choice. I'm on my 3rd consecutive listening and marveling at her phrasing, her pronunciation, and the just-right accompaniment.

The high point may be the liquid-sounding "River Man," like its name floating along in 5/4 time with the classic ominous lyrics.
"For when she thought of summer rain / Calling for her mind again / She lost the pain / And stayed for more
Gonna to see the river man / Gonna to tell him all I can / About the ban / On feeling free
If he tells me all he knows / About the way his river flows / I don't suppose / It's meant for me."

Auguścik's version is every bit as good as Andy Bey's, and that is high compliment from me.

The recent tragic death of her long-time boyfriend and manager Marek Bajson may effect her career, but she has given us a remarkable series of recordings over the last 20 or so years. After you've fallen in love with this recording, check out Pastels (1998), Fragile (2000, with Paulinho Garcia); To i Hola (2000, with Urszula Dudziak), River (2001), PastForward (2003), and The Light (2005). Then, as a special treat, get her totally unique Christmas album Lulajże (The Lullaby for Jesus). The voice will stay with you, I promise.
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By john c kowynia on November 20, 2013
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It's all fine if you like Nick Drake, but buy this CD for Ms. Auguscik's voice. You will not be disappointed.
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