Bryter Layter

by Nick Drake

Original Release Date: 1970-01-01

Bryter Layter

The poster boy for melancholic singer/songwriters, Nick Drake recorded three very different studio albums in his 26 years. Where his debut Five Leaves Left is somber and string-laden, and his swan song Pink Moon acoustic and stark, Bryter Layter is a virtual party, featuring strings, horns, and a galvanizing rhythm section on loan from Fairport Convention. The band dynamic tints Drake’s compositions with a cosmopolitan flavor. You can practically smell the sophisticated nightclub of “At the Chime of the City Clock.” When Drake does slow things to a contemplative crawl, it’s for three momentous songs. Brilliantly augmented by John Cale’s swelling viola and harpsichord, “Hazey Jane I,” “Fly,” and “Northern Sky” are wistful, romantic tunes that capture Drake’s overwhelming sense of displacement in a harsh yet beautiful world.


  1. Introduction (1:33)
  2. Hazey Jane II (3:41)
  3. At The Chime Of A City Clock (4:42)
  4. One Of These Things First (4:46)
  5. Hazey Jane I (4:24)
  6. Bryter Layter (3:16)
  7. Fly (2:56)
  8. Poor Boy (6:30)
  9. Northern Sky (3:42)
  10. Sunday (3:39)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue Remastered Stereo (180 g, Textured Sleeve)
Label Island Records
Catalog Number 0602537347551
Notes ℗ 2013 Island Records Ltd. © 1970 Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music company. Made in the EU. Includes a printed inner sleeve, a sticker on front shrink and a coupon with choice of download format: -24 bit / 96 kHz FLAC -24 bit / 96 kHz 320 Kbps MP3 -“Dubbed From Disc” 320 Kbps MP3 Adam Nunn’s credit does not appear on release. Universal Music Group International appears on sticker and coupon only. Cut from a tape-copy of original masters.
Discogs URL Nick Drake - Bryter Layter