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Amazing re-release, though with minor missteps
on May 15, 2013
When I discovered that one of my most favorite albums, Bryter Layter by Nick Drake was going to be re-released on vinyl in a special edition box, I was ecstatic and ordered it the day it was out. I just received the box set today and I have to say that the estate of Nick Drake did a wonderful job at at remastering. The sound quality is excellent, and is on very high quality 180 gram vinyl, and has the original inner bag reprinted on a higher quality inner sleeve. It also comes in the original cover and back cover of course.
Some of the extra things included:
-A full sized reproduction of a "Bryter Layter" shop poster (that would have been used to advertise the album).
-A scan of an original concert list showing many acts playing in the area at the time (including some high class acts like Pink Floyd and Fairport Convention as well as Nick Drake of course).
-A scan of Nick's own set list for the handful of concerts he played.
-A scan of the original master-tapes with download codes of the album on the back (including a download code for Nick's own personal copy of Bryter Layter, wow!)
As great as all of these extra things are, there are some minor missteps; firstly, there is no lyric sheet included with the album. This is a pretty inexcusable mistake on their part. For the hefty price of the box set (at around 60 dollars here in the US) there should have been a printed lyric sheet to the album, even if it was on the back of the shop poster, like the poster included with the Beatles White Album. Secondly, the album cover itself is embossed with small bumps (just like the original release back in '70), however they seem to have over embossed the cover; The bumps become really noticeable in Sunlight which sometimes makes it a bit awkward to view the cover (or back cover). Another thing is that in the video showing the un-boxing of the album, the box was in a clamp-shell case, but the box now is just two separate pieces. No biggie, but just something the mention.
All in all, if you are a big fan of Nick Drake, and like the little extras that come included with the album, then I would definitely recommend purchasing this. If you're just looking for a copy of Nick Drake's Bryter Layter, then maybe skip on this one and wait until the album is released as a standalone, like they eventually did with Pink Moon.