Dick’s Picks: Nick Drake’s stunning debut album, Five Leaves Left

The 1969 UK first press 10-track stereo vinyl LP of Nick Drake’s stunning debut album, Five Leaves Left, was released on the pink ‘block’ label. This label design was short lived, with only two albums having their debut release on this label, and five other earlier Island releases were repressed using this design, making these albums highly desirable and very rare.

The original matt gatefold picture sleeve has the lyrics for Three Hours [here titled ‘Sundown’], Saturday Sun and River Man printed inside.

This issue is housed in a sleeve with the Island logo and Basing Street address along the bottom edge on the rear of the sleeve – only first issue sleeves had these details. The second issue sleeves had a slightly different shade of green on the front. Also the card is thicker on the second issues and the rear of the sleeve just has a small ‘i’ logo where the address is printed on the first issues.

Finding this album in any condition is a task in itself, and despite being underappreciated during his short time with us, this – and all of Nick Drake’s work – has gone on to have the respect it deserves. A timeless debut by one of the greatest singer/songwriters that existed.

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  • Nick Drake - Bryter Layter - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £695.00, $875.70, €813.15 (New Item) (arrived 27-Feb-2024 15:38)

    NICK DRAKE Bryter Layter (Rare 1970 UK first pressing 10-track vinyl LP issued on the pink rimmed Island 'palm tree' label - Often confused with the 1972 pressing with a similar label, this is the very first issue without bracketed timings on the label. The textured picture sleeve shows a little light edge scuffing & ringwear with minimal signs of corner creases. The labels on both sides are clean with the lightest of spindlewear whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition & showing minimalsigns of play. A really nice one-previous-owner copy! ILPS9134) Full details of the differences between the two pressings and condition can be found in the 'More Info' section...

  • Nick Drake - Heaven In A Wild Flower - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.80, €35.10 (Back In Stock) (arrived 22-Feb-2024 08:23)

    NICK DRAKE Heaven In A Wild Flower (1985 UK 14-track LP compilation on Island - this collection of songs from the classic albums Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter & Pink Moon is now widely out of print & takes its title from "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake. The picture sleeve is spot lacquered & remains in Excellent condition with some light shelf wear and creasing whilst the vinyl grades Excellent with few signs of play ILPS9826)

  • Nick Drake - Bryter Layter - Remastered - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $37.79, €35.09 (New Item) (arrived 20-Feb-2024 15:35)

    NICK DRAKE Bryter Layter (Back in print for 2022 UK/EU limited edition 9-track remastered LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, with replica Island pink rim labels. Nick's much loved second studio album and one of the most beautiful and melancholy albums ever recorded. This edition is an authentic reproduction of the 1970 first pressing, with original textured picture sleeve and facsimile of the period-correct Island pale blue inner sleeve. Brand new & factory sealed. Essential) #Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

  • Nick Drake - Heaven In A Wild Flower - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.80, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 20-Feb-2024 09:51)

    NICK DRAKE Heaven In A Wild Flower (1985 UK 14-track LP compilation on Island - this collection of songs from the classic albums Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter & Pink Moon is now widely out of print & takes its title from "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake. The picture sleeve is spot lacquered & remains in Excellent condition with some light shelf wear and creasing whilst the vinyl grades Excellent with few signs of play ILPS9826)

  • Nick Drake - Pink Moon - Remastered - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $37.79, €35.09 (New Item) (arrived 23-Jan-2024 17:18)

    NICK DRAKE Pink Moon (Back in print for 2022 UK/EU limited edition 11-track remastered black vinyl LP with replica Island pink rim labels. Nick's third and final studio album, featuring just Drake on vocals, acoustic guitar and a brief piano riff overdubbed onto the title track. Gatefold picture sleeve replicating the original cover artwork, complete with facsimile of the period-correct pale blue Island inner sleeve. Brand new & factory sealed. Essential) #Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

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