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Nick Drake's Jukebox

Nick Drake's Jukebox

One of contemporary music’s true originals, the inimitable songs of Nick Drake are often difficult to imagine having been influenced by anyone but himself. But as with all true musical giants, Drake’s compositions and style were informed by a diverse range of musicians, songwriters and performers who came before. From the sublime finger-picking and glorious tunes of the wholly under-rated Bert Jansch to the country blues styles of Big Bill Broonzy and Reverend Gary Davis - via Donovan, The Yardbirds and Miles Davis, he listened to all of them and many others besides. The inspiration these mavericks providedmotivated the often manically depressed Nick Drake into writing , recording and, on the very rare occasion, performing some of the most beautiful music ever written – albeit, tragically, the process would contribute in no small way to his untimely deathat the age of just 26.
This compilation traces the roots of Nick Drake’s astonishing music and features all of the above mentioned artists and many others– with 24 superb and moving tracks, which now can be appreciated all together on this collection, enabling the appreciation of where this mysterious and legendary figure found much of his musical muse and hopefully, for a man often tortured by his own existence, at least a little comfort.


1 St James Infirmary - Louis Armstrong
2 Heart Full Of Soul - The Yardbirds 
3 Parchman Farm - Bukka White
4 Gallows Tree - Odetta 
5 Blue In Green - Miles Davis 
6 Careless Love - Josh White 
7 Betty and Dupree - Brownie McGhee 
8 Chega de Saudade - João Gilberto 
9 Summertime - Billie Holiday 
10 If You Leave Me Pretty Mama - Dave Van Ronk 
11 Black Mountain Blues - Dave Van Ronk 
12 Little Woman Your So Sweet - Blind Boy Fuller
13 Cocaine Blues Ramblin’ - Jack Elliott 
14 Samson and Delilah - Reverend Gary Davis 
15 Guinevere - Donovan
16 Girl From The North Country - Bob Dylan
17 Gypsy Davey - Woody Guthrie
18 Black Girl - Pete Seeger
19 I Ain’t Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs
20 I Wish I Was a Mole In The Ground - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
21 Blackwaterside - Bert Jansch (Trad, Arr Jansch) 4:44
22 Wedding Dress - Pentangle
23 When Do I Get To Be Called a Man - Big Bill Broonzy
24 Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson

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