Five Leaves Left is the debut studio album by English folk musician Nick Drake. Recorded between 1968 and 1969, it was released in 1969 by record label Island. Among his various backing musicians, Drake was accompanied by Richard Thompson from Fairport Convention and Danny Thompson of Pentangle. Robert Kirby, a friend of Drake’s from his youth, arranged the string instruments for several tracks while Harry Robinson arranged the strings for “River Man”. The title of the album is a reference to the old Rizla cigarette papers packet, which used to contain a printed note near the end saying “Only five leaves left”. For the song “River Man”, producer Joe Boyd described Drake playing on a stool in the centre of the studio while surrounded by a semi-circle of instruments. The studio’s environment was also an important factor as it had multiple levels to it which enabled the creation of interesting sounds and atmospheres.