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GOODBYE AND HELLO

Tim Buckley

Prog Folk


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Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

After an esteemed critical success and little commercial one, Elektra got Tim back in the studio and definitely decided to break his name into the wide open and put the means where their mouths were. And the album did get very successful, causing G&H to become some kind of template for the ideal singer/songwriter blueprint to follow-up. Trouble is that Tilm didn't want much of it, as he had already his own idea of the direction he wanted to head in for; but he clamped down and did what was told for this album, as he needed to get himself some notoriety for him to find the space to be able to record his own music. Tim had jokingly suggested calling this album Timbuck Two, but they went ahead with the dual front and back cover and the title spreading on the two .

By now, Tim is working as a dual partnership in songwriting with longtime buddy Lary Beckett taking care of the lyrics. This is a bit of an amazement when you'll know how much of the next year's text will ring so much like Buckley's personal experiences being sung. Most likely they were and Beckett was probably finding the words that Tim couldn't find but was eagerly awaiting someone to put in his mouth. However the superb I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, Tim unleashes his thoughts towards his wife, whom he'd been coerced into marrying, something that obviously only Tim could feel. Not only poignant lyric-wise, the music (a bedding of 12 strings and congas) is equally impressive.

Elsewhere in the album, there is the 8-mins+ stunning piece, the title track that splices into two parts, the first sung by their parent's generation and the other voice being the counter-culture's generation's answer abut these old decaying values, Beckett's lyrics attacking marriage (remember Tim's semi- forced wedding)war, TV (then controlled by the establishment) etc. Although I wouldn't really call this a rock opera, we're not far away from it, either, as the two melodies evolved into a single piece and a string section was called upon for the rich arrangements. It might not please everyone but the title track is one of the album's highlight. And besides Tim's second best-known track Morning Glory (after Song To The Siren), you'll find poignant anti-war song like No Man Can Find War, starting with a nuclear blast.

Two of my favourites are Pleasant Streets, a superb positive song with Tim's superb higher tone of voice over a fantastic bed of keyboard layers and a wild fuzz guitar to answer him, and the aptly-titled Hallucinations, which starts out psychedelic-wise with a sitar, but Tim's absolute delicate melody give a troubadour twist to the song, with the middle section overflowing from great instruments but maybe a bit too wisely over-produced. Both tracks are grandiose and really give the album a special touch, one that should get you inside Buckley's interior world.

By now Tim had a prototype of his ultimate back up band and his concerts started sounding rather different than he sounded in the studio, and he meant it that way. This trend would sort close with the few albums to come such as Happy Sad and Lorca. So general concerts by the time of release of G&H consisted of five songs from the featured album, none from the debut and the rest from the jazz- infested folk that filled HS and lorca?, much to the furry of the Elektra label that resented Tim sabotaging what they thought was a top 20 album. Indeed, this wouldn't be the last of this fight. While G&H is a vast improvement on the debut album, and there are a few stunning tracks, G&H will not be able to compete with what was to come. Definitely worth a listen and might just be worth a space on your shelves.

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Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars Classic 1967 album! A folk rock / psychedelic / proto prog masterpice. The Album opens with the epic No Man Can Find The War, this was the first Buckley album i got so this was the first song by him i heard and i remeber thinking woooow! what a voice he have so beautiful and pure yust as i hade imagined it to be. the second song Carnival Song, the title say it all, it sounds a bit like strange days era doors but not as dark. Pleasant Street have some realy good singing and great melody and sounds very dramatic, Hallucinations is a bit more psychedelic soft dreamy and relaxing and allso very good. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain very epic sounding like hes standing on a mountain top sining and playing guitar, Once I Was is a short and very beautiful folk rock song with nice harmonica playing. Phantasmagoria In Two is more upbeat folk rock with yet more fantastic melodys and singing. Knight-Errantis nothing special a litle medival sounding song, and now finally we got the proto mini epic of the album the 9min title track Goodbye And Hello probalby the best on the album theres some diffrent sections and everything is fantastic. the ending Morning Glory is a nice gentle folk tune and a good ending to this amazing album. i whuld rate this a 9/10 or 4.5 but since thats not possible i will have to give it 5/5 since this is an essential 60s classic and a great proto prog album.
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Posted Thursday, July 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
Easy Livin
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Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Yester-days

Tim Buckley lost no time in following up his delightfully straightforward debut, returning to Los Angeles in early 1967 to work with noted producer Jerry Yester. Yester was well versed in the sophisticated pop of bands such as The Turtles, with a keen ear for a strong song. Buckley was already starting to push back against his singer/songwriter, folk troubadour image both visually and in terms of the songs he was writing.

The result was an album which only took a month to record, but which was put together at significant expense and with great attention to detail. At this stage, Buckley still had the full belief of Elektra records behind him, so the inclusion of a 14 piece orchestra and almost unlimited studio time was not an issue for them.

The album opens with an exploding bomb introducing "No man can find the war", an undisguised protest song with lyrics which, although still relevant today, are very much of their time. While the songs are generally similar to those on the first album, the pop elements are already starting to be suppressed, with songs such as "Pleasant street" having a moodier feel. The lead guitar work on the track is more overt, while Buckley flexes his vocal dexterity. "Hallucinations" continues the darker atmosphere, with spacey effects and psychedelic references.

By this time, Tim was already separated from his wife and son (Jeff), a situation reflected in the open lyrics of "I never asked to be your mountain". The main fury of the song though is in Buckley's thrashing of his 12 string guitar. The song conveys the full power and majesty of Buckley's unique voice.

The focal point of the album is the epic (almost) 9 minute title track, which weaves its way through various time signatures and melodies, a song where it seems Buckley has thrown in everything he can think of. In some ways, this is Buckley's "American Pie", but it lacks the catchy chorus of songs such as that, leaving a rather impenetrable ramble through an obscure story. The album closes with the heavenly "Morning glory", with angelic choirs and lush orchestration, lovely song.

While "Goodbye and hello" lacks the immediate accessibility of Tim's debut, it generally remains an album of fine individual songs. The hints are there of the path Buckley would choose to follow, but at this stage he is still largely committed to working with his record label to secure commercial success. Overall, there is a sophistication to the music here which was missing on the first album but both are delightful in their own ways.

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Posted Sunday, August 17, 2008 | Review Permalink
UMUR
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3 stars Goodbye and Hello is the second studio album from American folk/ rock artist Tim Buckley. I found his debut album rewarding but not really to my taste and I´ll say the same about Goodbye and Hello.

The music is American folk/ rock. It´s dominated by the strong vocals from Tim Buckley and it´s only because of those vocals that this music is interesting. The music isn´t very interesting without the vocals. Compared to the polished debut there are a couple of more interesting tracks on Goodbye and Hello. Carnical Song, I Never Asked to Be your Mountain, the title track and my favorite on the album Pleasant Street needs a mention. Tim Buckley´s vocal performance on the latter is nothing but outstanding. Had all songs on the album been like this I would have given this album a higher rating.

The musicianship is good and as mentioned Tim Buckley´s vocals are outstanding. He sounds like a young Roy Orbinson at times but with a much more varied style.

The production is very professionel and well crafted considering the time when this album was released.

Goodbye and Hello is a step forward from the good but a bit too polished debut album. It seems that there´s a greater freedom to experiment even though Goodbye and Hello is also a very polished folk/pop/rock album for the most part. 3 stars is my rating. I think there´s a lot of promise on this album and I´m gonna look forward to listening to more albums from Tim Buckley.

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Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Review Permalink
Kotro
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3 stars No, seriously, who is she?

Goodbye and Hello is a much stronger output than its predecessor. This is even clearer when, like me, you get to hear them one immediately after the other: the edition I'm reviewing comes with Tim's self-titled debut album in the same disc. The booklet, while not vast, includes complete artwork and credits for the albums, as well as a critical review of the period in Tim's career when they were recorded.

In contrast to the songs on the previous album, the opener No Man Can Find The War is quite a change, introducing some sounds effect emulating explosions, featuring some great harpsichord ant Tim's vocals toned down (less dramatic, but much more melancholic). Carnival Song perfectly conveys the sense of a fair, with the circus- like atmosphere music being once more delivered by the keyboards and sound effects. A lovely piano tune opens Pleasant Street, accompanied by the again beautiful harpsichord and electric guitar strumming, in a delicate tapestry of sounds, before the outburst of the chorus. Tim's vocals are very "feminine" in this track. Hallucinations has a certain British Isles folk feel to it, again featuring some interesting use of eerie sound effects and percussion. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain is a return to the vocal style and melody of the first album, but the ending is wilder than anything on Tim Buckley. Once I Was sounds like an old country western ballad. Phantasmagoria In Two follows in the same mood, again appearing to cross the Atlantic towards the electrified medieval troubadorism of Albion, a strategy repeated for the slightly cheesy but fortunately short Knight-Errant. The epic Goodbye And Hello mixes much of the styles that have been presented throughout the album, with the added benefit of the presence of a backing orchestra. It is more a collage of different tunes than a proper epic construction over the same base tune, but it works excellently. Morning Glory wraps up the album, another short and sweat ballad.

If you wish to find out why Tim Buckley is listed in ProgArchives, the first few albums are not the place to look. However, Goodbye and Hello is a much more varied and interesting album than Tim's debut, with longer and more complex compositions, featuring some great folk-pop tunes, with occasional glimpses of 60's early American psychedelia. Buckley's voice is still an acquired taste (and if you arrive unprepared, sometimes you will swear it's a woman singing), but if you can take it, this album might be a good place to start looking for the roots of the eclectic experimentalism that will be heard in his later works.

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Posted Thursday, March 18, 2010 | Review Permalink
Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Mild psychedelic ideas start seeping into Tim Buckley's folk rock stylings at this point, with the opening number No Man Can Find the War being an intriguing look at the psychological side of the Vietnam War, and the fact that it was a conflict which the US was utterly embroiled in and yet at the same time people living in the US could very, very easily ignore if they felt inclined to. Tim's use of his voice has become more subtle and nuanced at that point, relying less on the stentorian declarations that characterised his debut album. A departure and an omen of things to come.
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Posted Sunday, May 28, 2017 | Review Permalink
VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nº 234

Tim Buckley was an excellent musician and one of the greatest vocalists of the 60's, which was able to reach a cult status due to his music and because his premature death too. His music drew from folk, rock, psychedelic and jazz and created a considerable body of adventurous and very special musical works in his brief lifetime. His very special and unique voice with multi octave range was perfectly capable to express a really astonishing power and at the same time great emotional expressiveness, swooping from sorrowful tenderness to anguished wailing. This is real amazing, truly.

'Goodbye And Hello' is the second studio album of Tim Buckley and was released in 1967. Like his eponymous debut studio album, this is also an album where half of their songs were co-written by him and by Larry Beckett, the poet and songwriter, who was colleague and friend of Tim Buckley, in those times. As happened with their debut, Elektra continued providing to Buckley an impressive number of musicians to collaborate with him on 'Goobye And Hello'.

'Goodbye And Hello' has ten tracks. The first track 'No Man Can Find The War' written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a song dealing with the horrors of war. It's a protest song against the Vietnam War but we can also interpret it as a war in our minds. It's a beautiful and simple song very melodic with good bass and percussion. The second track 'Carnival Song' written by Tim Buckley speaks about the hypocrisy and truth. This is a song created in a fair funny atmosphere of a circus. It's also a song sung by Tim Buckley with the circus atmosphere in the back delivered by the keyboards and some special sound effects. The third track 'Pleasant Street' written by Tim Buckley is one of the finest songs on the album. It's a very sentimental, emotional and temperamental song full of energy. This is one of the strongest songs on the album and one of my favourites too. The fourth track 'Hallucinations' written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a psychedelic song also very strong on both, lyrics and music. This is a song with very strange beautiful moments and it's also a bit tragic. It has also some interesting eerie sounds and percussion effects causing a strange and unusual musical moment. The fifth track 'I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain' written by Tim Buckley is a very personal song of him. This is a song addressed to Mary Guibert his first wife, the mother of his son, Jeff Buckley, also musician, speaking of the forces that pull two people together and drive them apart. It's a very energetic and frenzy song with fantastic lyrics. This is the second highest moment on this album and for me is one of the best things that Tim Buckley ever wrote. The sixth track 'Once I Was' written by Tim Buckley is a very simple and melodic song that speaks of love and change. It's a calm ballad with nice harmonica and it has some of the most beautiful musical parts of this album. The seventh track 'Phantasmagoria In Two' written by Tim Buckley is dominated by psychedelic guitar and piano sequences and also by the incredible voice of Tim Buckley. It's probably the most psychedelic song on the album. This is a song deeply melodic that, for me, represents one of the most beautiful moments on this album. The eighth song 'Knight-Errant' written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a very short song. It's a romantic song that uses the images of a knight and his lady in the musical atmosphere of the medieval troubadours. This is a simple, melodic and nice ballad. The ninth track is the title track 'Goodbye And Hello'. It was written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett and is the lengthiest song on the album and is also the epic magnum opus of it. The lyrics are a fantastic piece of poetry brightly sung by Tim Buckley with several types of vocals. It's, without any doubt, the most complex musical piece on the album and it has also the benefit of the presence of a backing orchestra. This is an excellent song that works very well. The tenth track 'Morning Glory' written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is the song that closes quietly this album. This is another short, gentle and sweet ballad, very simple and romantic and with nice chorus too.

Conclusion: I have a vinyl copy of this album, since the 70's, and I must confess that I've always loved it. So, I'm a bit disappointed with some of the reviews and the ratings of this album on Progarchives. I really think that 'Goodbye And Hello' deserves much more. In the first place I'm very surprised to see so few reviews. In the second place I sincerely can't understand the argument this is an album slightly progressive or not progressive. This is an album released in 1967 and from what I know the first really progressive album was 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' of King Crimson that only was released two years later. So, what should we say about the first albums of The Beatles and The Doors? 'Goodbye And Hello' is a fantastic psychedelic/folk album, with some great, sophisticated and complex musical compositions, and Tim Buckley is a great composer that owns a very special and unique voice. To finish, 'Goodbye And Hello' is an essential musical piece of the end of the 60's that can be considered as a great proto-prog album.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019 | Review Permalink

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