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 - Fruit Tree - Pink - UK - vinyl box set - £150.00, $166.50, €171.00 (New Item) (arrived 17-Sep-2022 09:10)

    NICK DRAKE Fruit Tree (Rare 1986 UK/French-pressed 46-track FOUR LP box set, released with additional content to the Island original. Comprises the classic albums, Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon & the 14-track collection, Time Of No Reply, which includes ten previously unreleased recordings & easily the best of the unreleased material. This edition is housed in a unique lilac [not blue] bordered 12" square picture box, with each album housed in its own respective picture sleeve reproducing the original artwork. Comes complete with a beautiful 16-page biography/lyric booklet that includes an essay by Arthur Lubow. The packaging is Excellent with some faint ageing including a little edge scuffing & the vinyl discs are Near Mint with few signs of play HNBX5302)

  • Nick Drake - Fruit Tree - UK - vinyl box set - £150.00, $166.50, €171.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Sep-2022 12:20)

    NICK DRAKE Fruit Tree (2007 UK limited edition 4-disc [3-LP/1-DVD] box set comprising THREE vinyl LP albums 'Five Leaves Left' [his astonishing debut originally released in 1969], 'Bryter Later' [originally released in 1970 & featuring guest appearances from Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, John Cale, PP Arnold & Doris Troy] and 'Pink Moon' [released in 1972 and the last before his tragic death in 1974], complete with BONUS DVD featuring a documentary entitled ‘A Skin Too Few’. Housed in a picture box complete with lavish 100-page booklet containing sleevenotes written and edited by Cally. The packaging displays only very light general wear, whilst the content remains in a really nice condition with minimal signs of play)

  • Nick Drake - Bryter Layter - Remastered - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $33.29, €34.19 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jul-2022 12:04)

    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 - Five Leaves Left - Remastered - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $33.29, €34.19 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jul-2022 11:54)

    NICK DRAKE Five Leaves Left (Back in print for 2022 UK/EU limited edition 10-track remastered LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, with replica pink Island block logo label - Nick's incredible debut album originally released in 1969, including River Man and Way To Blue. Gatefold picture sleeve replicating the original cover artwork with a facsimile of the period-correct pale blue inner sleeve. Brand new & factory sealed. Essential) #Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

  • Nick Drake - Pink Moon - Remastered - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £29.99, $33.29, €34.19 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jul-2022 11:45)

    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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