Nick Drake box set: reissued, enhanced
Considering how fragile and introspective his music sounded, it's almost cringe-inducing to see how thoroughly the music industry has excavated, refurbished, and repackaged the work of Nick Drake in the more than 30 years since his untimely death. Then again, the guy did call the whole posthumous recognition thing well before it happened:
"Forgotten while you're here / remembered for a while / a much updated ruin / from a much outdated style."
These prescient words, taken from the Drake song "Fruit Tree," helped to inspire the 1979 compilation of the same name. Now, on Nov. 6, UME/Fontana is offering a "much updated" version of the box set, which went out of print seven years ago. In addition to the seminal troika of albums that built Drake's considerable legacy (Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, and Pink Moon) the package will include a DVD copy of the Drake documentary A Skin Too Few, and a 108-page book of song analysis and artwork. It's a rare reissue, too, with only 10,000 copies to be pressed on CD and 2,000 on vinyl.
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