Thanks for sharing Luke, there are a few new bits in there I wasn't aware of. Whether Cally makes the same decisions any of us would when it comes to Nick's legacy I think you have to admire his integrity.
Given that Joe Boyd, Robert Kirby and Cally (not to mention Nick's own letter to his father) all uphold the fact that Nick was happy with the arrangements on BL, I'd like to think we can now put to bed the idea that Nick was somehow coerced into them.
"Nick always had the final word, he made the decisions" - Robert Kirby
"I do have a letter home to his father, written by Nick, stating how chuffed he was with the arrangements, praising Robert Kirby and Joe and John Wood for their talents" - Cally
Whether we like BL as much as the other albums or not (I love it) I think we have to accept Nick was as responsible for how those songs sound as anyone. Pink Moon was undoubtedly a reaction to BL but that doesn't necessarily mean Nick was unhappy, just that he continued to change, as all artists do.
Listen to Dylan, Neil Young, Miles Davis, Springsteen - all of them changed tack regularly. My real regret about Nick's early death is that we didn't get the chance to hear more of these shifts over the years. Imagine how he might have sounded in his 50s with just a guitar, just a piano, a whole string section, electronics or a full band.
Now I have to go and listen to BL again!