Nick Drake | Five Leaves Left
An absolutely stellar debut to a short and understated career, Five Leaves Left is Nick Drake's first (and finest) album. Although not recognized by his peers at this time, this album has long become regarded as one of the greatest alt-country records. Joe Boyd's production of a soft voice and string and wind arrangements creates an overall excellent album. Drake's lyrics capture a subtle poetry of emotion, as on the pastoral semi-fantasia of "The Thoughts of Mary Jane," employing his soft, articulate singing which he has become well-known for after he left this earth too soon as one of rock's early tragedies. - Don Law
One track recommendation: "Time Has Told Me"

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