The Tide’s Magnificence is a beautiful 196 page hard back book containing 79 poems written by Molly Drake from 1935 until her death in 1993. With 26 songs across two CDs performed by Molly Drake and recorded on vintage tape recorders in mono by her husband, Rodney Drake in the 1950s and 1960s.
“This is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.” Joe Boyd
The Tide’s Magnificence comes as a full colour 196 page hard-back case-bound and stitched book printed on contrasting paper stock with printed page edges. The book contains 79 poems by Molly Drake, lyrics to the songs, a 14 page introduction by her daughter, the actor Gabrielle Drake, photos, diary extracts, song manuscripts and handwritten notes by Molly, as well as the essay Give Me A Place To Be, which previously appeared in the book about Nick Drake: Remembered For A While.
There are two CDs containing 26 songs. The first CD was originally released as a limited private pressing in 2013, the second contains 7 unreleased songs all of which were recorded in mono in the 1950s on home tape recorders by Molly’s husband Rodney Drake. The songs were digitally transferred by Nick’s producer and engineer; John Wood and mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering carefully preserving the varying qualities inevitably found in such old recordings.
Many of the songs and poems were so exquisitely covered on the 2017 tour by The Unthanks and on their CD and Vinyl release: ‘The Songs Of Molly Drake’
The Tide’s Magnificence is a limited edition, there will only be one pressing of the set before it is made available as a single CD.