I recently purchased a Japanese pressing (Universal Japan) of the late Nick Drake's final album, Pink Moon. It is stunningly good in terms of recording quality and performance.
The performance has never been in doubt. Wonder if the LP box was/is still available. You could have gotten all three of his studio records in one fell swoop and I'd have to imagine the sound at least matches the Jap pressing.
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I must admit that I've come upon Nick Drake decades too late and only through the Universal Japan pressing. It would be interesting to see how that pressing compares with the others.
I'll try to hunt down the box set with all 3 albums. Has anybody out there done the Pink Moon comparison?
Not that I'm aware of, Jim. That box was limited to 2500 copies and is already considered out of print, so a comparo on such limited titles is somewhat, well, limited. Good luck finding one.
I'll be on the hunt for a box set.
Jim, the set can be had, new, on EBAY, for $90.
Anyone compared this to an original British Island?
This record is crazy good sounding, if they get 90% on the reissue
it will be a steal.
Originals of this and 5 Leaves Left go for $500-600.
I think the ridiculous cost of the originals also relates to Drake's until-recent cult status. Island pressed few copies because no one reviewed, and few bought, those records upon release.
I don't think the cult status is of much relevance to the high cost of originals, and certainly the lack of reviews is not the signifier. When the records were released they got high critical praise, and remain on reviewers' "best of all time lists". All UK originals of the better quality Island issues are very collectable. Generally, the sound quality is superior on the UK originals across the board. The Drakes have amazing fidelity. And the lack of sales is probably not as significant as truly rare jazz titles, where the number pressed is a fraction of Drake titles. I picked up my copies in the early 1980s and they were not cheap even then.
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