Pink Moon by Nick Drake
Ranked 320/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
On February 25, 1972, Island Records released Nick Drake's third, and what was to be his final, album Pink Moon to a largely disinterested press and public. For 4 years the artist Nick Drake had appeared in the various Island Records catalogues and album samplers as much as an anomaly as an essential purchase. Fans of John Martyn, Fairport and Fotheringay may have investigated Drake's work but his own reluctance to tour or sell his work allowed Drake to slip into the same also-ran bracket as Island's Claire Hamill and tir Na Nog, legends all. The initial 3,000 pressings sold poorly but never quite sold out, and Island kept on catalogue up until interest started to grow in Drake in the early 1990s.
Such small interest exploded when Volkswagen used the title track to promote their new Cabriolet in the US in the late '90s. Nick's poorest-selling album became a best-seller and the interest in all of his tiny canon blossomed. The 28 minutes, 11 track Pink Moon transferred onto CD and the original vinyl ran its course later being deleted. Original scarce first-pressing values soared thus allowing inferior counterfeit bootleg vinyl editions to proliferate. 40 years on since its birth, USM re-presents the album in an exactly replicated vinyl pressing, re-mastered by the original co-producer and engineer; John Wood at Abbey Road and pressed on Audiophile virgin vinyl with the original gatefold sleeve, inner sleeve, paper labels, the promotional shop-poster and a facsimile of Nick's handwritten lyrics to four of the songs, all gathered together in a box showing the original master tape box from which the vinyl was mastered.
1. Pink Moon
2. Place to Be
4. Which Will
6. Things Behind the Sun
7. From The Morning
10. Free Ride
11. Harvest Breed
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