Bryter Layter advert, 1970
Advert for Bryter Layter with the text:
"Nick Drake is a folk singer who writes and sings all his own songs. He was discovered a little while back by the Fairport Convention. Bryter Layter, his second album, has been a long time in the making. It's been worth the wait."
Pink Moon advert, 1972
This advert for Pink Moon originally appeared in Melody Maker, 26 February 1972. It included an edited version of David Sandison's press release for the album. You can read the entire press release here:
"Pink Moon - Nick Drake's latest album: the first we heard of it was when it was finished.
The first time I ever heard Nick Drake was when I joined Island and picked out his first album Five Leaves Left from the shelf and decided to listen to it because the cover looked good.
From the opening notes of Time Has Told Me to the last chord of Saturday Sun, I was held by the totally personal feel of the music, the words, and the vague feeling of intruding on someone's phone conversation.
The first time I ever saw Nick Drake was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, when he came on with his guitar, sat on a stool, looked at the floor and sang a series of muffled songs punctuated by mumbled thanks for the scattering of bewildered applause from the audience who didn't really know who the hell he was, nor cared too much. At the end of his last song, his guitar was still holding the final notes as he got up, glanced up, then walked off, his shoulders hunched as if to protect him from the embarrassment of actually having to meet people.
The first time I ever met Nick Drake was the week his second album Bryter Layter was released. I went to the old offices of Joe Boyd's Witchseason company in the beautiful Charlotte Street, W1, with the intention of telling Nick how much I liked the album, and that I wanted him to do a couple of interviews.
He arrived an hour late, shuffled in, and shrugged disinterestedly when I suggested a coffee round the corner. When we got there (it was about lunchtime), I asked him if he wanted a cup of tea, something to eat, anything? He looked down at the dried ring of saucerstain on the table, and smiled to himself, meaning 'No'.
For the next half-hour he looked at me twice, said maybe two words (one was to agree to an interview which was done and was a total disaster), while I rattled on at him about every kind of nonsense, trying to get some reaction, until I ran out of voice, paid the bill for my coffee and sandwich, and walked him back to Witchseason.
That was more than a year ago. Since then, I have seen Nick twice. Once, when for some reason still never explained he came to Island's offices, stayed for maybe half an hour, addressed perhaps three monosyllabic words to people he knew from Witchseason, before leaving as mysteriously and silently as he'd come.
The second time was a week or so ago, when he came in, smiling that weird little smile, half-mocking, half-bewildered, and handed over this, his new album. He'd just gone into the studios and recorded it without telling a soul except the engineer. And we haven't seen him since.
The point of this, is this: Nobody at Island is really sure where Nick lives these days. We're pretty sure he left his flat in Hampstead quite a while ago. We have a bank agreement for him so that he's always got his rent money and some spending bread, so there's no need for him to make more appearances than he does.
The chances of Nick actually playing in public are more than remote.
So why, when there are people prepared to do anything for a recording contract or a Queen Elizabeth Hall date, are we releasing this new Nick Drake album, and the next (if he wants to do one)?
Because we believe that Nick Drake is a great talent. His first two albums haven't sold a shit, but if we carry on releasing them, maybe one day, someone in authority will stop to listen to them properly and agree with us, and maybe a lot more people will get to hear Nick Drake's incredible songs and guitar playing. And maybe they'll buy a lot of records and fulfill our faith in Nick's promise.
Then. Then we'll have done our job.
Dave Sandison - December 1971 (Island's Press Officer)."
Pink Moon advert, 1972 - US
This advert appeared in the American music press in 1972. It contains a quotation by Stephen Holden from Rolling Stone magazine, 27 April 1972: "The beauty of Drake's voice is its own justification. May it become familiar to us all."
Heaven In A Wild Flower advert, 1985
The text for the advert:
"The legacy: 1. Five Leaves Left, 2. Bryter Layter, 3. Pink Moon, 4. Fruit Tree (boxed set).
The influences: Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, Traffic, Jim Webb, William Blake.
The companions: Joe Boyd, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Dave Mattacks, John Cale, Ashley Hutchings.
The admirers: Tom Verlaine, Mike Read, The McGarrigle Sisters, Chris Blackwell, Jackson Browne, Fairport Convention, The Dream Academy."
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