Robyn Hitchcock – Parasite (Nick Drake Cover Version) (2013)

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On April 16, 2013 StorySound Records will release ‘Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake,’ a live concert recording presented by Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd. ‘Way To Blue’ was originally conceived as a series of tribute concerts featuring artists hand-picked by Boyd, including Robyn Hitchcock, Vashti Bunyan, Lisa Hannigan, Teddy Thompson, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, Danny Thompson (who played bass on Nick’s records) and many more. The concerts – nine in the UK, four in Australia and three in Italy – were staged at historic venues like the Sydney Opera House, and a show at London’s Barbican aired as a special concert on the BBC. The Times of London called the Barbican show “truly revelatory” adding that “there wasn’t a soul in the room that didn’t feel it,” and the Guardian called it “spellbinding.” This 15-song set to be released on StorySound features highlights from the ‘Way To Blue’ concerts – some faithful to the Drake originals, others radically reworked. All artists were backed by a house band led by Danny Thompson, and several of the performances feature the original orchestral arrangements of Drake collaborator, Robert Kirby. The result is an album with the quality of a studio production and the spontaneity of a live performance. Joe Boyd produced Nick Drake’s first two albums for his Witchseason production and management company, also home to Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band, and John Martyn. Boyd wrote about his experiences with Drake in his acclaimed memoir ‘White Bicycles,’ but he’s resisted making a tribute album until now. “In my opinion, the only way to make a tribute record work, is to get everyone together in the same place so there’s a unity of sound and spirit. The performances these artists came up with exceeded my dreams of what was possible. The fact that none of them sounds like Nick makes you realize what a great songwriter he was.”


‘Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake’ Tracklist:
01. Luluc – “Things Behind the Sun”
02. Scott Matthews – “Place to Be”
03. Green Gartside – “Fruit Tree”
04. Shane Nicholson – “Poor Boy”
05. Krystle Warren – “Time Has Told Me”
06. Robyn Hitchcock – “Parasite”
07. Danny Thompson & Zoe Rahman – “One of These Things First” (instrumental)
08. Vashti Bunyan – “Which Will”
09. Lisa Hannigan – “Black Eyed Dog”
10. Shane Nicholson – “Rider on the Wheel”
11. Teddy Thompson – “River Man”
12. Luluc & Lisa Hannigan – “Saturday Sun”
13. Scott Matthews – “When the Day Is Done”
14. Luluc – “Fly”
15. Teddy Thompson & Krystle Warren – “Pink Moon”

About StorySound:

Back in 2005, Dick Connette, together with Scott Lehrer, opened up a recording studio they built in an old industrial building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. StorySound Records has grown, naturally enough, out of the social and professional life of that studio – the sessions, the pantry hangs, the players and producers, engineers and arrangers, composers, singers and songwriters that are part of Dick’s daily life there. The label has no grander ambition than to make a good home for music that he cares about. The first CD the label released, High Wide & Handsome by Loudon Wainwright III, won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. Other StorySound artists include Rayna Gellert, Gabriel Kahane, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, and Margaret Glaspy.

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