Five Leaves Left

Five Leaves Left

by Nick DrakeNick Drake


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Released in 1969, when he was just 20 years old, Nick Drake's debut album reveals a singer-songwriter of stunning depth and maturity. Drake possessed a profound melancholy, however, which eventually claimed his life, and on Five Leaves Left, you can already hear the wheels of despair turning in his head. Most chilling is the song "Fruit Tree," on which the doomed singer posits this theory: "Fame is but a fruit tree/So very unsound/It can never flourish/Till its stalk is in the ground." Still, the album is buoyed by Drake's delicate guitar playing, the lush string arrangements, and the sheer beauty of songs like "The Thoughts of Mary Jane," "Way to Blue," "River Man," and "Day Is Done." Five Leaves Left is unassuming, yet quietly intense -- a classic that went largely unrecognized until years after Drake himself was gone.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2003
Label: Fontana Island
UPC: 0042284291521
catalogNumber: 842915
Rank: 27416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Drake   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Richard Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu   Percussion,Conga
Tristan Fry   Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes
Paul Harris   Piano
Clare Lowther   Cello
Danny Thompson   Bass

Technical Credits

John Wood   Engineer
Joe Boyd   Producer,Re-Release Producer
Robert Kirby   Arranger,String Arrangements,Bass Arrangement
Harry Robinson   Arranger
Cally   Art Direction
Stella MacPherson   Lyric Transcription

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