Thought this might be of interest:
Nick Drake released his first album, Five Leaves Left, five years before his death. Barely out of his teens, Drake wrote almost unnervingly mature songs, and married them with sympathetic backing by members of Fairport Convention and Pentangle, and string arrangements by Robert Kirby, a friend and classmate only two months older than Drake. The album featured some of his most expressive singing and playing, and his songs, so melancholy yet so light, wore their graveness like a black silk cloak. Painfully shy, he refused to tour behind it, and the album was poorly marketed. It was doomed to sink with barely a trace. But oh, that trace…
Forty-two years to the month after its first appearance in record shops, Five Leaves Left has become one of the three legs on the table that bears Nick Drake’s legacy. People are still discovering his work in droves, and finding their way through the sad, beautiful, and timeless atmosphere of that first album. His life and death threatened to overshadow his songs, but in the end they can’t; the songs slip their bonds, affecting people who may know nothing of their creator. It’s ironic that a man who couldn’t bring himself to reach out to an audience in his lifetime has left behind music that continues to do the reaching for him, both in his recordings and in the performances of those who have spread his gospel by covering him. Here are the ten songs of Five Leaves Left, as played by those who were moved enough by them to bring them to us.
http://www.covermesongs.com/2011/09/ful ... -left.html