“People have suggested I do a tribute album for years, but I didn’t want to do the usual kind of tribute, where all the tracks are recorded separately,” explains Joe Boyd, who produced two of the late singer/songwriter Nick Drake’s albums. Last year, Boyd, who also worked as a tour production manager early in his career, produced a series of tribute concerts in the UK, Italy and Australia, with various artists performing Drake’s songs. The dates were recorded to Pro Tools, and 15 songs were mixed by engineer Jerry Boys at Livingston Studios (London) for release on the album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
“Each track has a different history, but working together, there was a common approach forged by the fact that the band was always the same, except for one guitarist in Australia,” Boyd says. “I think even those who love Nick’s recordings were surprised by the impact of these songs when sung by such a diverse group of singers. To me, this proves what a remarkable songwriter he was, and I think one can now say with some confidence that the songs will last a very long time.”