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The Influence of Astral Weeks

 
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BerwickDrake



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:58 pm    Post subject: The Influence of Astral Weeks Reply with quote

I know Nick had a wide and varied taste in music, jazz,classical, folk, blues etc etc But who shares the opinion that Astral Weeks is the single most influential record on Nick. very similar feel to Fives Leaves Left.

Heard the stories of nick sitting in his dorm room smoking listening to Astral Weeks , oh how i'd love to have been there with him.
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Nossuri



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know the album Embarassed but in The Pink Moon the comparison is made a couple of times.

Although released in 1970 (and being played by me a lot in those days) I almost wonder if Robert Kirby has listened to Bridge Over Troubled Water or ... I just listened to that Simon & Garfunkel-album after all these years and thought how much the string-arrangements of songsl like So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright and Song For The Asking sound like Kirby's arrangements...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its well worth buying you can get it from amazon for a few quid its an amazing watershed album , thats if you like van morrison.

yeah ive noticed the simon and garfunkle influence too
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Simon spent quite a bit of time around the London folk club scene at roughly the same time as Nick. Might be more a case of both being influenced by the same things rather than by each other. Just a thought...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love simon and garfunkles stuff only really have a greatest hits though an the odd track from i-tunes. Van morrison was a definite influence on nick i think Burt Jansch and Davy Graham too especially influence nicks playing style.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't no if Robert Kirby heard Al Stewarts 1967 debut album "Bed-Sitter Images" or if Nick knew that album ?
It as some lovely orchestration by Alexander Faris .
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