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Timothy Charles Buckley III - Born 1947-02-14 (Washington, D.C., USA) - 1975-06-29

Young rebellious and fatherless lad that grew in the shade of Dineyland in Orange County in LA, Tim discovered soon enough his excellent vocal properties and he was soon enough managed into a folk singer/songwriter by one of the specialist label in LA, Elektra, a mould that didn't sit right with Buckley himself. Reluctantly married way too soon to Mary Guibert (that is Jeff Buckley's mother), Tim never really accepted that "ball and chain" family as he had his own vision to become a jazz musician, despite his label's intent to get him in folk circles with his debut album (he's got songs telling his wife off and one for his lover Jainie) and later with the chart-breaking Goodbye And Hello.

This second album started cementing a young future singer/songwriter star reputation, one that Tim did everything to destroy, starting no sooner than with his tremendous Happy Sad album (which built on its predecessor's success to shoot up the charts, even though the public didn't like it) where the short songs disappear for lengthy jazz-blues tracks where Tim almost improvises with his voice using it as an instrument.. As some concerts started to become heckling matches between the crowds wanting folk songs and Tim playing jazz-oriented semi-improvised jams, Elektra started renouncing on this "self-sabotage" doomed artiste. This would lead to a separation between Elektra and Buckley, where Tim recorded his darkest album yet, Lorca for Elektra and recorded just after it Blue afternoon with his new label Straight Records, which ironically enough was a bit of a return towards the more commercial earlier stuff. Both records where released within four months but inversely chronological, leaving Elektra wondering how they got stuck with Lorca as Blue Afternoon would be the last of Buckley's album hitting the charts, Lorca being the first missing it.

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With Elektra out of the way, Tim rebuild his disintegrating jazz-group and forged on ahead, listening to classical music and other avant-garde artiste, and with the help of Zappa acolytes (the Buzz and Bunk Gardner brothers), he would record his utmost stupendous Starsailor (released in late 70 and now long OOP), which very few would ever top. Tim's concerts at the time would only feature songs from this and Lorca, some tracks being drawn out to 45 minutes jams, the halls whe...
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3.03 | 36 ratings
Tim Buckley
1966
3.56 | 51 ratings
Goodbye And Hello
1967
3.79 | 46 ratings
Happy Sad
1969
3.78 | 32 ratings
Blue Afternoon
1969
3.93 | 44 ratings
Lorca
1970
4.07 | 78 ratings
Starsailor
1970
3.38 | 25 ratings
Greetings From L.A.
1972
2.26 | 12 ratings
Sefronia
1973
2.13 | 12 ratings
Look At The Fool
1974

TIM BUCKLEY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.41 | 15 ratings
Dream Letter: Live in London 1968
1990
4.07 | 11 ratings
Live at the Troubadour 1969
1994
3.96 | 8 ratings
Honeyman, Live 1973
1995
4.50 | 4 ratings
Once I Was
1999
4.75 | 4 ratings
The Copenhagen Tapes 1968
2000
3.58 | 7 ratings
Live at The Folklore Center, NYC: March 6th, 1967
2009

TIM BUCKLEY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.57 | 6 ratings
My Fleeting House
2007

TIM BUCKLEY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.04 | 5 ratings
The Dream Belongs to Me - Rare and Unreleased Recordings 1968 / 1973
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
Original Album Series
2011

TIM BUCKLEY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Live at The Folklore Center, NYC: March 6th, 1967 by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Live, 2009
3.58 | 7 ratings

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Live at The Folklore Center, NYC: March 6th, 1967
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review N 235

Imagine a young artist, alone, taking a chair at the Izzy Young's Folklore Center in New York, performing a musical show for a very small crowd, seated on the floor, among periodical journals, books and LP's, and a full hand of musical instruments hanging on the walls. That was the ambience of the iconoclast and legendary place founded in New York City, which served as a nexus for up and coming singers and songwriters during the folk boom of the late 60's. The Folklore Center was recently relocated from MacDougal Street to 6th Avenue, as if physically representing the gradual dispersal of the Greenwich Village folk scene. The year is 1967, and Tim Buckley is somewhere between the relatively orthodox folk-rock of his eponymous debut solo studio album, and the extraordinary personal music that would fill "Goodbye And Hello" and act as a jump-off for the potent explorations that would soon follow to his second album.

So, in March of 1967, just a few months after the release of his eponymous debut solo studio album and a few months before to the recording sessions of his second studio and fantastic album "Goodbye And Hello", which is considered by many his greatest musical work, Tim Buckley, at the age of 20, performed for an audience of only 35 people at Izzy Young's Folklore Center on 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village, NYC. The local owner, at the time, recorded the show with a simple recording machine, which was aired in his Pacifica Radio show, and then put it in a closet for nearly three decades. Finally, and only some years ago, Tompkins Square and Tim Buckley's estate put their hands on that rather poor quality bootleg musical material and released this restored version. Thanks God they were able to did that, finally.

Obviously, in 1967, Tim Buckley wasn't a household name in the American musical scene, and I think he never came to be, because he only won a certain aura and status of cult musician after his tragic death, also increased by the also tragic death of his son Jeff Buckley, very well know as a musician too. So, at the time, Tim Buckley had only released an eponymous debut studio album, a year before, and had a follow up for a few months later. So, Tim Buckley at that point, was only a very young artist still developing his own sound and style, with his lyrics and his great vocal gifts.

There have been other Tim Buckley's live albums before this one but this is his first live album with no accompaniment from any other musicians. On this live album we can only hear the sound of Tim Buckley's acoustic guitar and also his absolutely fantastic and unmistakable sound of his unique voice. We can hear the spetial ambience of this live set too.

"Live At The Folklore Center, NYC: March 6TH, 1967" is an album with sixteen tracks. "Song For Jainie", "Wings", "I Can't See You" and "Aren't You The Girl", are acoustic live versions from songs that were released on his self titled debut studio album "Tim Buckley". "I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain", "Phantasmagoria In Two", "No Man Can Find The War" and "Carnival Song", are acoustic live versions from songs that would be released on his second studio album "Goodbye And Hello". "Dolphins" and "Troubadour" are versions of two songs that weren't released on his first studio albums. "Dolphins" is a live version of a Fred Neil's song, a pioneer folk rock musician, re-issued in 1966 on his second studio album "Everybody's Talkin". "Just Please Leave Me", "What Do You Do (He Never Saw You)", "Cripples Cry", "If The Rain Comes", "Country Boy" and "I Can't Leave You Loving Me", are previously six unreleased tracks.

About the tracks and its live performances, it's unquestionably great music, and a fascinating insight of a songwriter's development. As Buckley expands the parameters of his music, you can virtually detect the speed of his development. "Live At The Folklore Center" is blessed with half a dozen songs that have never surfaced anywhere else, in any form, seven that never saw studio versions, if you add "Troubadour". They're all mostly excellent, but you sense that, by the time, Tim Buckley arrived at the "Goodbye And Hello" sessions. So, his ideas had already superseded this batch.

Conclusion: This is a great live album of the end of the 60's. The sound is amazingly good, considering the year and the way it was recorded. Tim Buckley chooses some of his best songs at that time and all the album was fantastically performed by his guitar and voice. About the six unreleased tracks, "Just Please Leave Me" and "What Do You Do (He Never Saw You)" are two very good and interesting songs. "Cripples Cry" and "If The Rain Comes" are two very nice songs, especially "Cripples Cry", which is, at my taste, one of the most beautiful songs composed by him. "Country Boy" and "I Can't Leave You Loving Me" are, in my opinion, two very weak songs that disrupt the quality of the album and despite don't spoil the high quality of the concert, shouldn't have been performed. For those, I was only a child with 8 years old, who were the lucky to have been on that unique Tim Buckley's live performance, imagine what is now the real sensation of have been in that room in that night and have been abble to share that incredible experience of to be part of one of the 35 persons on that magic night. Just really imagine what woul be your feelings if you had been there.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Goodbye And Hello by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.56 | 51 ratings

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Goodbye And Hello
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review N 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*)

 Tim Buckley by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.03 | 36 ratings

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Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review N 233

Tim Buckley was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was born in Washington D.C. His music and style changed considerably all over the years and in the early days, he released his first two studio albums, this eponymous debut "Tim Buckley" and his second "Goodbye And Hello" more oriented to the folk rock music. As he was a very eclectic musician, all over the time his music incorporated other styles like jazz, psychedelic, funk, soul and avant-garde. Tim Buckley had also a powerful and unique voice and due to his voice he attracted attention because of the sharp of his voice which approached him as a coral singer, what made him also a great and a very special vocalist. He was able to sing in lower register and higher falsetto in equal measure as an evolving "voice as an instrument" sound.

"Tim Buckley" is the self titled debut studio album of him and was released in 1966. Most of the songs were co- written by Tim Buckley and his friend Larry Beckett, while they were in the high school. Larry Beckett is a poet and songwriter, best known for his collaboration with his colleague and friend Tim Buckley in the latter years of the 60's.

For this album, Elektra put together an amazing team to record the album. They began by bringing in the producer Paul Rothchild and the engineer Bruce Botnick to help Buckley with the sessions. They were the team behind The Doors. About the musicians who colaborated with him, they brought the guitarist Lee Underwood, the keyboardist Van Dyke Parks, the bassist Jim Fielder and the drummer Billy Mundi. And if these weren't enough, Jack Nitzsche provided the string arrangements. So, everything was in place. It couldn't fail. But it did. The album only sold about 20.000 copies.

"Tim Buckley" has twelve tracks. The first track "I Can't See You" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a very energetic good song. This is a very personal song addressed to his wife and where we can see a personal criticism to her. The second track "Wings" written by Tim Buckley is a ballad calm and beautiful with the use of an orchestra. It's one of the stands out songs of the album and is one of the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard. The third track "Song Of The Magician" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a very beautiful song, one of my favourites, and is also one of the highest points on the album. The fourth track "Strange Street Affair Under Blue" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a song where the rhythm will increase as the song progresses. It's a song that sounds as a Russian melody and which also reminds me the movie "Zorba The Greek" with its fast and slow dances. The fifth track "Valentine Melody" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a simple, peaceful and calm ballad but it has nothing more special, really. The sixth track "Aren't You The Girl" written by Tim Buckley is a beautiful song with good rhythm and is amongst the songs that add some variety and diversity to the album. The seventh track "Song Slowly Song" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a soft psychedelic song with some strange noises. It's a very interesting song with a musical arrangement more progressive indicating what he would do in the future. The eighth track "It Happens Every Time" written by Tim Buckley is a very beautiful song with good rhythm and with also an orchestra that make wonderful use of string arrangements to achieve a nice, luscious and romantic sound. The ninth track "Song For Jainie" written by Tim Buckley is a good and interesting ballad. It's another song of a personal nature but this time it's a song addressed to his lover Jainie. Despite the lyrics be very personal, it's well written enough to be interesting to everyone. The tenth track "Grief In My Soul" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is, in my opinion, a weaker song with poor interest. This is one of my less favourite songs on the album. The eleventh track "She Is" written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett is a very simple and nice ballad but a little repetitive and that eventually is a bit boring. This is only an average folk song. The twelfth track "Understand Your Man" written by Tim Buckley is a good rock song typical of those times and is a song with a more instrumental nature indicating what would be his music in the next future. It's another song also with personal lyrics, probably addressed to his wife Mary Guibert and his lover Jainie.

Conclusion: "Tim Buckley" was released in 1966 and isn't properly a true progressive album. However, is a good and interesting folk album with some good musical moments, very simple and nave and it's, for me, very pleasant to hear. This album belongs to his folk musical period with his second next studio album "Goodbye And Hello". However, in my humble opinion, "Tim Buckley" is very far from the musical quality of "Goodbye And Hello". "Goodbye And Hello" is much more creative and mature, and is also a fantastic psychedelic/folk album, with some great, sophisticated and complex musical compositions, and where Tim Buckley demonstrates that he is a great musician and is the owner of a fantastic, special and unique voice. Nevertheless, "Tim Buckley" remains the most straightforward and folk-rock-oriented of his albums. The material on it has a lyrical and melodic sophistication that was astounding for a 19-year-old person. So, it's not his most adventurous album, but it's one of his most accessible, and retains a certain fragile beauty.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 My Fleeting House by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover DVD/Video, 2007
3.57 | 6 ratings

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My Fleeting House
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Although over ten years old, this DVD, in which the late great artist's career is told through interviews and TV appearances, still seems to be the only one available on the legendary American troubadour TIM BUCKLEY (1947 - 1975). But it's a pretty satisfying one nevertheless, at least if you don't expect any comprehensive concert footage. As the second one to write about this release here, I try to give a little more detailed overview.

I don't know the exact length. The main course is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, and the extras -- sorry, I didn't pay much attention to time when watching this -- nearly an hour, I presume. I started my viewing with the extras, that is, album-by- album analysis by Buckley's lyric-writing partner and friend Larry Beckett, and guitarist Lee Underwood, both among the very closest collaborators of Buckley throughout his career (that lasted only about eight years until his death at the age of 28, due to heroin-alcohol overdose). I'd rather call them presentations than interviews; they talk (separately, in turns) to the camera, and they apparently have thought pretty well in advance what to talk about Tim Buckley's albums and his peculiar progress an an artist, showing the vinyl covers of each nine studio albums. There's also Beckett's reading of 'Song to the Siren' poem, and an anecdote dealing with the film Midnight Cowboy, into which Buckley probably would have written a song if Beckett had been available at the time.

Put in a nutshell, Buckley's career, which never was very succesful in commercial terms, had three different phases. First he was a pure folk troubadour, then he added jazzy and slightly avant-gardish elements in his music, especially as a unique vocalist, this phase culminating on the albums Lorca and Starsailor. For the last three albums generally seen as his weakest, he chose a more direct and funkier rock approach, partly due to economical pressures. But always he was an artist who made his own path, acting against expectations. This is the idea that is more clearly verbalized in the interview bits between the TV clips: Buckley disappointed his folk fans by taking his art to the extremes, and those who admired that phase were in turn disappointed by the final period.

The third central interviewee on the DVD (appearing only in between the TV clips) is David Browne, the author of "Dream Brother: the Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley", who also wrote the DVD's liner notes. Generally these clips of Buckley's intimate performances are quite good in sonic and visual quality. Some are cut quite short though. The viewer may choose to watch the performances only, but I found out that if you press "next", you're taken back to the whole film containing the interviews also. The chronological set starts with an enigmatic, unaccompanied performance of 'Song to the Siren' from 1967. BTW, the running order shown on this page is not correct. A few performances are with Lee Underwood (guitar) and Carter Collins (hand percussion). On the four 1970 performances -- from two different sources -- Buckley is accompanied by Underwood, a rhythm section and a trumpeter. 'Pleasant Street' is a solo performance clip taken from an obscure comedy The Christian Licorice Store. "That's future Bond girl Maud Adams in the role of the photographer", tells Browne.

The latest clip is from the British Old Grey Whistle Test in 1974; Buckley performs one of his own favourite cover songs, Fred Neil's 'The Dolphins', with members of Family (an interesting curiosity for a prog listener). I borrowed the DVD, and viewing it just once seems to be quite enough for me. But since Tim Buckley was such a charismatic artist, the sole DVD of him does have an unquestionable value, even if the contents (starting with the song selection) were not exactly what one would have dreamt of having. Solid three stars will do; perhaps I'd given a fourth star for a little more (technically and visually) dedicated DVD product. Each viewer probably wants to continue by listening to his/her favourites of Tim Buckley's albums. Mine is Happy Sad.

 Tim Buckley by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.03 | 36 ratings

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Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Tim Buckley's debut album reminds me a lot of David Bowie's second self-titled album (AKA Space Oddity). In both cases, you have an artist later known for a decidedly different musical style trying to carve out a name for themselves with naive but undeniably charming hippie folk material, with a certain amount of romantic disappointment leavening things. The distinction is that Buckley isn't overwhelmed by studio fripperies - indeed, this is very much a stripped- down-to-the-basics album - and for my money he sounds more convincing in the counterculture troubadour role than Bowie ever did. And that downright unusual voice of his is a real attention-grabber.
 Goodbye And Hello by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.56 | 51 ratings

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Goodbye And Hello
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by 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.
 Happy Sad by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.79 | 46 ratings

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Happy Sad
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On Happy Sad Tim Buckley's sonic universe expands remarkably, with jazz influences incorporated in order to offer an even spacier and more alien sound than his previous work. Conventional folk-rock is left behind as Buckley takes us through long, expansive compositions which seem to parallel Van Morrison's stream-of-consciousness space folk experiments on Astral Weeks. Buckley would venture into even stranger territory on later albums like Starsailor or the absolutely bizarre Lorca, but this is a good jumping-on point if you want to follow Buckley into these weird waters, since there's a certain warm charm to it that gets lost in his moments of more extreme experimentation.
 Blue Afternoon by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.78 | 32 ratings

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Blue Afternoon
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Blue Afternoon finds Tim Buckley installed at Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen's Stragiht Records and taking the weird dream-folk direction of Happy Sad into an even more magical direction. Both working with brand new material and polishing pieces which had been worked on during the Happy Sad period, Buckley proves that Happy Sad was no mere flash in the pan but the beginning of an extended period of experimentation, with the spacey jazz influence here to stay. At the same time, the songs feel a bit more structured as songs this time around, and on the whole the album is somewhat more accessible than its predecessor - the really out there stuff being saved for the followup Lorca.
 Lorca by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.93 | 44 ratings

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Lorca
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In 1969, Tim Buckley was angling to jump ship to Straight Records but had a pesky contractual obligation to take care of. The term "contractural obligation album" conjures all sorts of ugly images, though in retrospect we can now see that Buckley was doing Elektra a favour by giving them the chance to premier the new avant-folk sound he would submerge himself in with Starsailor. There aren't any standout moments to match Song to the Siren on here, but at the same time these languid, strange, almost Lynchian soundscapes have somewhat more approachable textures and overall the album is somewhat easier to unpack than Starsailor was.
 Starsailor by BUCKLEY, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.07 | 78 ratings

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Starsailor
Tim Buckley Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Starsailor is an accomplishment which is respectable but also deeply inaccessible. Drifting away from his folk-rock moorings more or less completely, Buckley unleashes the most wildly experimental album of his career to date. Song to the Siren may be the most famous cut on the album, but anyone expecting the stately majesty of the This Mortal Coil version is in for a shock. On the whole, it's the sort of album where I'm glad someone made it, but it isn't necessarily fun or rewarding to listen to - not because it isn't good, in fact it is, but because of how alienatingly weird it truly is.
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