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    Nick Drake:

    I see you've ranked Five Leaves Left above Bryter Layter..

    That's like the toughest decision of all time to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nights and Days View Post
    I see you've ranked Five Leaves Left above Bryter Layter..

    That's like the toughest decision of all time to make.
    Not really.

    There's a melancholic air around Five Leaves Left that's largely lacking on Bryter Layter. I think he shone the brightest on his more morose tunes. Bryter Layter sounds almost... upbeat at times.
    Plus I enjoy the sparser arrangements on Five Lives Left much more than the full band he employed on Bryter Layter. Not a super fan of all the strings and horns.

    Too bad what happened. Can't shake the feeling that he had another masterpiece in him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    Not really.

    There's a melancholic air around Five Leaves Left that's largely lacking on Bryter Layter. I think he shone the brightest on his more morose tunes. Bryter Layter sounds almost... upbeat at times.
    Plus I enjoy the sparser arrangements on Five Lives Left much more than the full band he employed on Bryter Layter. Not a super fan of all the strings and horns.

    Too bad what happened. Can't shake the feeling that he had another masterpiece in him.
    Five leaves left would be a perfect album, along with Pink Moon if it wasn't for the strings and horns. Their inclusion takes a lot of points away from the album. The song writing is still genius though.. Obviously.

    Bryter Layter is good because it's upbeat. Nick Drake was a sad guy so I like hearing him like that. The strings and stuff on that album take nothing away from it, for me. It's a different kind of album, and I think it's Nick at his best.

    Plus.. It has John Cale on it!

    /Opinions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nights and Days View Post
    Five leaves left would be a perfect album, along with Pink Moon if it wasn't for the strings and horns. Their inclusion takes a lot of points away from the album, for me. The song writing is still genius though.. Obviously.
    I agree with this, actually. Way To Blue and Day Is Done are the weakest songs on the album because of the lush strings. The cello on Cello Song is stellar, though.

    Bryter Layter is good because it's upbeat. Nick Drake was a sad guy so I like hearing him like that. The strings and stuff on that album take nothing away from it in my opinion. It's a different kind of album, and I think is Nick at his best.

    /Opinions
    Blasphemy.



    No, but I know what you mean. My favorite song on Pink Moon is From the Morning, which is the most happy-sounding song on the album. As a closer, it's perfect, starkly contrasted with the depressive streak of songs that precede it. The album couldn't have ended on a more beautiful note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    I agree with this, actually. Way To Blue and Day Is Done are the weakest songs on the album because of the lush strings. The cello on Cello Song is stellar, though.
    Can you imagine River Man or Day is Done without strings? Or Fruit tree..

    Ugh.

    There are no strings on Way To Blue, but yeah, it's the weakest song on there, still, along with Thoughts of Mary Jane (I don't even know why this is one of his most popular songs).

    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    Blasphemy.

    Na.

    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    No, but I know what you mean. My favorite song on Pink Moon is From the Morning, which is the most happy-sounding song on the album. As a closer, it's perfect, starkly contrasted with the depressive streak of songs that precede it. The album couldn't have ended on a more beautiful note.
    I don't know if I can pick a favorite track off of Pink Moon. Probably Things Behind The Sun, Parasite, or Place To Be.

    I always thought the haunting instrumental "Horn" which comes before Things Behind The Sun made it so much better.. It's genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nights and Days View Post
    Can you imagine River Man or Day is Done without strings? Or Fruit tree..

    Ugh.
    River Man is fantastic. And yes, those strings really elevate the song. So unsettling.

    There are no strings on Way To Blue, but yeah, it's the weakest song on there...
    Yes, there are. But I know there's a different version with piano, which I assume is the one you have?

    According to wiki, the "official" version seems to be one with the strings:

    Quote Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Leaves_Left#Personnel
    "Way to Blue"

    Robert Kirby – string arrangement
    Which is this version and the one I have:



    ... still, along with Thoughts of Mary Jane (I don't even know why this is one of his most popular songs).
    Is it? Wasn't aware. I share your puzzlement about that, though.



    I don't know if I can pick a favorite track off of Pink Moon. Probably Things Behind The Sun, Parasite, or Place To Be.

    I always thought the haunting instrumental "Horn" which comes before Things Behind The Sun made it so much better.. It's genius.
    Yes, it's very desolate... and oddly bittersweet. Conveying pretty much for an instrumental about one and a half minute long.

    The whole album is genius. Easily in my all time top 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    River Man is fantastic. And yes, those strings really elevate the song. So unsettling.
    Yeah, I think River Man is the song which best reveals how he felt about his depression. It's one of his best.. Really sad.

    It's a shame he couldn't beat his demons in the end.

    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    Yes, there are. But I know there's a different version with piano, which I assume is the one you have?

    According to wiki, the "official" version seems to be one with the strings:

    Which is this version and the one I have:

    Whoa. How could I have been unaware of this this whole time?

    I had been listening to the wrong version of the song.. Sorry about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by unsung View Post
    Yes, it's very desolate... and oddly bittersweet. Conveying pretty much for an instrumental about one and a half minute long.

    The whole album is genius. Easily in my all time top 5.
    Yep, and yep.

    Have you heard this version of Place to Be? It shows how great he was at finger picking. I wish he would have played it this way on the album.


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    Bob Dylan

    Utter Crap:
    35. Under the Red Sky (1990)
    34. Down in the Groove (Silvio is fun) (1988)
    33. Knocked Out Loaded (1987)
    32. Together Through Life (2009)
    31. Christmas in the Heart (2009)

    Perversely Amusing Crap:
    30. Dylan (1973)
    29. Empire Burlesque (1985)
    28. Shot of Love (1981)
    27. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
    26. Saved (1980)

    Mediocre But Has Its Moments:
    25. Tempest (2012)
    24. Good As I Been to You (1992)
    23. Street Legal (1978)
    22. Infidels (1983)
    21. Self-Portrait (1970)

    Respectable Efforts:
    20. World Gone Wrong (1993)
    19. Slow Train Coming (1979)
    18. Oh Mercy! (1989)
    17. Modern Times (2006)
    16. Bob Dylan (1962)

    Classic Albums:
    15. Planet Waves (1974)
    14. Time Out of Mind (1997)
    13. New Morning (1970)
    12. The Basement Tapes (1975)
    11. John Wesley Harding (1967)
    10. Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
    9. The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
    8. Nashville Skyline (1969)
    7. Love and Theft (2001)
    6. Desire (1976)

    5 Perfect Albums:
    5. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    4. Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    3. Blonde on Blonde (1966)
    2. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
    1. Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

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    LED ZEPPELIN:
    1. I
    2. III
    3. II
    4. IV
    5. Houses of the Holy
    6. Physical Graffiti
    7. Presence
    8. CODA
    9. In Through the Out Door
    I would have it the same way, except LZ III is my favourite. It's close, but I'm an acoustic guy.

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    Really close calls in this ranking:
    1. Master of Reality (pristine)
    2. Black Sabbath (outstanding)
    3. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (very good)
    4. Sabotage (very good)
    5. Never Say Die (quite good, better than its reputation)
    6. Volume 4 (quite good)
    7. Technical Ecstasy (quite good, better than its reputation)
    8. Paranoid (quite good / judgment possibly clouded by overplay)

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    (Runner-Up)
    1. Queen II
    2. Queen
    3. Day at the Races
    4. Night at the Opera
    5. Jazz
    6. Sheer Heart Attack
    7. News of the World
    You can't spell "justice" without ISTJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever_Jung View Post
    I would have it the same way, except LZ III is my favourite. It's close, but I'm an acoustic guy.
    Same with me.

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    5. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

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