04 maggio 2013


In due podcast pubblicati in questi giorni dalla rivista online Mouth, Joe Boyd parla della realizzazione di Way To Blue (Navigator, 2013), cd dal vivo tratto dall'omonima serie di concerti prodotti negli scorsi quattro anni in omaggio a Nick Drake. Tra gli interpreti ci sono Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Krystle Warren e Danny Thompson, con la direzione musicale di Kate St John e gli arrangiamenti orchestrali di Robert Kirby.

Over the years since Nick Drake’s death, his original producer Joe Boyd has explored the possibility of producing an album in tribute to his songwriting. But despite many well-known artists wishing to participate, he always resisted, because it seemed the only practical way to accomplish it would be for each artist to supply a track recorded separately, with their own chosen musicians. Boyd felt that the only way to avoid the pitfalls of the typical 'Tribute Album' would be to have everyone together for a week in a rural studio, backing each other with harmonies and guitar parts, creating an organic whole of an album. By performing Way To Blue fifteen times over the course of four years, he has accomplished something resembling his original dream. The songs have been honed and shaped over the course of time, and the spirit of togetherness among the Way To Blue company has proved inspiring to all participants. The recordings on this new CD are the edited highlights of concerts in London and Melbourne; the interpretations provide evidence, if such evidence was ever needed, of the timeless depth of Nick Drake’s qualities as a songwriter. The result is an album with the quality of a studio production and the spontaneity of a live performance.

www.joeboyd.co.uk
www.navigatorrecords.co.uk/2013/02/new-album-way-to-blue-the-songs-of-nick-drake
themouthmagazine.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/nick-drake-mouthcast-1
themouthmagazine.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/nick-drake-mouthcast-2