Nick Drake “was not reticent… 95 per cent of his vocals went down live”

Nick Drake “was not reticent… 95 per cent of his vocals went down live”

The real Nick Drake is revealed in the fascinating cover story of the new Uncut – not as a tragic, meek figure as often portrayed, but as a driven musical visionary, efficient in the studio and sure of what he wanted.

Musical collaborators, friends and producers, including Joe Boyd, John Wood, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Beverley Martyn and more, remember the Nick they knew in the expansive piece.

“I think he really enjoyed recording,” says engineer John Wood. “He was not reticient about making his impressions known. His contributions to a take were pretty much the same: his guitar playing was always spot on, bang in time, like a metronome.

“The vocals, 95 per cent of the time went down live. If we did it again, it was because it wasn’t how he wanted it to feel, or be."

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