Back in June 1970 Joe Boyd was wondering how to turn the genius that was Nick Drake into a marketable star. As a taster to see if other artists might record some of Nick's songs, he got Elton John into the studio at Sound Techniques in Chelsea to record a variety of his whitchseason stable artists' songs, including a couple of John and Beverley Martin songs from their Stormbringer album and four by Nick Drake, all from his first album, 1969's Five Leaves Left.
The Elton session included Linda Peters (later Linda Thompson) on backing vocals, Dee Murray on bass, Ray Cooper on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Davey Johnstone on guitar. The sound is similar to the Tumbleweed folk-rock soul Elton was recording at that time.
Three of the Nick Drake covers have been available on nickdrake.net for a while, and the fourth (saturday sun) is now available here.
- Elton John - Day Is Done (Nick Drake) mp3
- Elton John - Way To Blue (Nick Drake) mp3
- Elton John - Time Has Told Me (Nick Drake) mp3
- Elton John - Saturday Sun (Nick Drake) mp3