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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B0000931OQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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1. ' Cello Song
2. Hazey Jane I
3. Way To Blue
4. Things Behind The Sun
5. River Man
6. Poor Boy
7. Time Of No Reply
8. From The Morning
9. One Of These Things First
10. Northern Sky
11. Which Will
12. Hazey Jane II
13. Time Has Told Me
14. Pink Moon
15. Black Eyed Dog
16. Fruit Tree

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Way To Blue - An Introduction To Nick Drake (Remastered) by Nick Drake

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The options where Nick Drake is concerned are limited, but wholly appealing. The downhearted singer-songwriter released only three albums in his 26 years; the posthumous rarities collection, Time of No Reply, rounds out his abbreviated oeuvre. The whole lot is contained in the exemplary four-disc Fruit Tree box set. Way to Blue is a scaled-back option for those who are enchanted by Drake's intricate yet cozy lamentations, but feel no need to join the ever-growing legion of Drake completists. But while the 16 songs included here provide a fine introduction to the ill-fated Englishman's work (which seems to fit together no matter how it's sequenced), Drake is one of those rare artists whose entire catalog is worth owning due to its excellence and, sadly, its brevity. --Steven Stolder

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This is an excellent introduction to the work of Nick Drake.
Pieter Uys
I highly recommend buying this, or any of the other Nick Drake albums.
J. Sutherland
The loss of Nick Drake to the music world is truly a tragic thing.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent introduction to the work of Nick Drake. It also provides an entirely new perspective on his genius since the tracks are not arranged in chronological order. The individual albums are all classics but they are very much self-contained units that make one associate a particular song with the album. Way To Blue thus lends a new angle in the mix of songs. Although 10 tracks are repeated from the 1985 Heaven In A Wild Flower, the sound quality is much better.
From the album Bryter Later come Hazey Jane I and II, Poor Boy, One Of These Things First and Northern Sky. Five Leaves Left contributes Cello Sing, Way To Blue, River Man and Time Has Told Me, whilst the stark minimalist album Pink Moon supplies Things Behind The Sun, Which Will and the title track. Black Eyed Dog and Time Of No reply come from the posthumous Time Of No Reply album.
On Sweet Old World Lucinda Williams beautifully covered Which Will and Swans made a bloodcurdling version of Black Eyed Dog, found on their Various Failures album. The group Drive covered his song Road on their early 90s album Out Freakage. The Dream Academy dedicated the song Life In A Northern Town (1985) to Nick Drake. His song Mayfair had already been covered by Millie (of My Boy Lollipop fame) in 1970.
My only complaint about Way To Blue is the omission of Fly, a song that first appeared on Bryter Later and was then included, in a different version, on Time Of No Reply. In my opinion, it is one of his most moving songs. Besides that, this compilation contains the best of Drake's eerily compelling music but it is still worth it to investigate the original albums.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Martin on July 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The hauntingly beautiful music of Nick Drake is an essential addition to any music collection. This introduction, however, will most likely leave you wanting more - so if you can afford it, skip the introduction and proceed directly to the Nick Drake Box Set - Fruit Tree.
Drake's compostions consist generally of soft acoustic guitar, with some tracks featuring beautiful Baroque strings. Drake's voice has been best described as being "otherworldly" - it is hauntingly beautiful. Drake's lyrics are poetic explorations on themes of failed romances, isolation, melancholy, depression, and mortality. The themes are dark, and the delivery incredibly beautiful.
Shortly after listening to this introduction to Nick Drake, I felt compelled to learn more about the man and his music. The Fruit Tree Box Set is perhaps a better buy than this CD, since it provide all of his recorded music (the three albums Drake released between 1969-1972, and the posthumously released disc of rarities, each packaged in separate jewel cases), w\as well as complete lyrics and an insightful essay. While Way To Blue covers material from all four of those albums, it may actually be more economical to skip this introduction and obtain the box set right away.
In response to reviewers who are curious as to the "tragedy" surrounding Drake, the last two songs on this CD hint at the outcome of this tortured, lost soul. He struggled with performing in public, ultimately refusing to tour to support this beautiful music (which is perhaps why so few people have heard of him). Drake battled depression, as his lyrics often demonstrate, and ultimately lost. He died of an overdose of anti-depressants, which some people have speculated was a suicide.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "heddo" on October 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Another Cabrio convert here. I first saw the commercial and said that it sounded like Belle and Sebastian. My husband commented on my young age (26) and how the song "Pink Moon" was nearly 30 years old. I was stunned. Truly B&S owe alot to Nick Drake. It took me a while to purchase the album. It was suggested to start with WAY TO BLUE and I am quite happy with it. Some of the material sounds dated like "Poor Boy" but reminds me of Patsy and Edina's hippie fantasies on "Absolutely Fabulous" and other songs are timeless. I bought it on the strength of "Pink Moon" but find that "Way to Blue" the most beautiful track on here. It brings tears to my eyes. Worth it. Just buy it. Who cares if it is folk music from the late 60's. This is wonderful music any way you look at it.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Robert on April 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Music reviews are difficult because we each hear the music differently. Our experience with an eclectic array of musical ideas frames how we hear the music.

My college years were 67-71 so I had broad exposure to the early English invasion - my favorites included the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Cream. At the same time I appreciated many American groups - Beach Boys, Byrds, Blood Sweat and Tears.

As time passed I experienced jazz and began to appreciate more textures in the music. Early jazz influences included the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Weather Report and Miles Davis.

Favorite singer/songwriters included James Taylor, Carol King, Joni Mitchell and early Elton John.

I write all this to give context to my perceptions of Nick Drake.

Nick Drake wrote beautiful, complex songs during his brief career. He did not write boring 3 chord progressions. Rather his music has many layers of complexity. While I do not find his lyrics profound, along with the music, I find them haunting.

For me the test of a CD is how often I want to listen to it. Does it addict me? Do the songs stay fresh as they become familar?

Nick Drake succeeded - even though few knew it at the time. His songs are timeless because his music remains interesting and unpredictable. He wrote uniquely - and that is wonderful.

So for those who do not hear the music as I and many other fans do - de gustibus non est disputandum. This CD meets my standard of greatness.

So who will like it - those who like their music a bit more complex - those who find that music creates mood - those who like Van Morrison, Jimmie Spheeris, and Leonard Cohen.
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