It's amazing what a car commercial can do. Before Pink Moon was used as a Volkswagen backing track, Nick Drake's plaintive strum was largely a cultish addiction, happily selling 5,000 records a year. The ad bumped that up to 5,000 a week.
With no new material to release -- Drake checked out in 1974 -- and no buried sessions to unearth, Island simply took back the rights to Drake's three albums and remastered what they had. Cleaning up the sound of some of the most understated records of all time might seem futile, but it's worked. The mournful cello on Five Leaves Left sounds remarkably crisp, and Drake's strumming sounds like he's in the same room. If you own these already, you should consider an upgrade. Newcomers have no excuse.