Thursday, February 23, 2012

Album: Pink Moon - Nick Drake

Pink Moon is the third and final album by English musician Nick Drake. Released on February 25, 1972 It was recorded at midnight in two separate two-hour sessions, over two days in October 1971, featuring only Nick Drake's vocals and guitar, as well as some piano later overdubbed by Drake on the title track.

Initially, Pink Moon garnered a small amount of critical attention, but decades after Drake's death it received widespread public and critical acclaim. The music on Pink Moon is sparse and unadorned (especially in comparison to Drake's previous recordings), leading some to consider it to be the least accessible of his three albums, though it nevertheless continues to be thought of by many of his fans as his greatest work.

In 1999, the title track was used in "Milky Way", a Volkswagen Cabriolet commercial directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and lensed by Lance Acord, leading to a large increase in record sales, and a number-five placing for Pink Moon in's sales chart. In mid-2010, the "From The Morning" track was used in an AT&T "Rethinking Possible" commercial.

The cover of the album features an illustration by the partner of Drake's sister Gabrielle, Michael Trevithick.

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