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Nine of Swords
Scott Appel
Nine of Swords
Genres: Country, Folk
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1


CD Details

All Artists: Scott Appel
Title: Nine of Swords
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Schoolkids Records
Release Date: 10/10/1995
Genres: Country, Folk
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 748775152127

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Music by and about Nick Drake...
B. Bowman | Jersey, United States | 01/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nick Drake's music is some of my favorite music to listen to from a guitar player's standpoint because of his unique tunings and fingerpicking style. Learning a Nick Drake song from scratch is to say the least a daunting proposition. Scott Appel chose to tackle the music of Nick Drake and on this CD really does an impressive job. I was somewhat skeptical to hear his versions of Drake's "Parasite" and "Place To Be" and wondered before hearing them how Scott Appel could possibly bring his own voice to music that is so closely associated with it's writer. I can say after hearing this disc in it's entirety that Scott Appel not only possesses a great talent on the guitar but also was able to successfully build on Nick Drake's work. His version of Drake's "Bird Flew By" which opens the CD is a beautiful rendition, and his tasteful layering of guitar parts with keyboard definitely adds to the original idea laid down by Nick Drake on his home recording of the song. I was also impressed with Appel's version of "Place To Be"; Appel's lower register vocal adds to the brooding lyrics and really took me by surprise. This CD is subtitled as "Songs by and about Nick Drake", and the little touches here and there remind you of the significance of the subtitle. Appel's original guitar composition "Thanatopsis" contains an instrumental break from Nick Drake's "River Man", and is almost like a wink to the "in the know" listeners who are familiar with Drake's music. Also noteworthy is Appel's song "Blur", in which he demonstrates an interesting combination of alternate guitar tuning and slide guitar. The way the guitar was recorded on this disc sounds crisp and ethereal throughout. I was able to track down a used copy of this CD and it was well worth it. This is a great CD to own even if you are unfamiliar with the music of Nick Drake; if you are a fan of acoustic guitar music it is definitely worth tracking down a copy of this."
Food for the soul...and ear...and heart.
Robert Mcluckie | Michigan | 12/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wonderful work- Deep, delicate, soothing, magical. Guitar players will enjoy the power of Scott's artful simplicity. Poets will love the lyrical content. Highly recommended."
This is essential Drake listening!
Dillydipper | mid-PA | 05/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without a timeline close, I think this must be the first American tribute to Drake. Scott was passionate enough to contact the parents, and gain access to his rehearsal and personal home recordings, which helped him understand Nick's inscrutable tuning systems. From the minute he opens his mouth to sing, "Bird flew by...", I came to realize, there was much to Nick Drake the world had not been privilaged to hear yet. Scott has freed the unpolished nuggets from the drawer, and put a shine on them that is faithful and fitting.

It is not the full-blown production of "Bryter Layter", but the sound is nearly as timeless, without adopting the characteristics of Joe Boyd's production or Robert Kirby's arranging. Let this serve as Appel's crowning achievement as well, as he was also taken from us too early in life. It is worth the search, wherever you come across this!"