Paul Buckmaster R.I.P.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by DrAftershave, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. DrAftershave

    DrAftershave A Wizard, A True Star Thread Starter

    Los Angeles, CA
    It's going around on Facebook. Paul's work with Elton John and his arrangement for Nilsson's "Without You" is legendary. R.I.P.
  2. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    RIP Paul Buckmaster, very Sad news!
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  3. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Thank you for your great music Mr Buckmaster -
    Rest In Peace

    Paul Buckmaster was the Orchestral/ String Arranger on some of my favorite songs:
    Nilsson's "Without You"
    Bowies's "Space Oddity"
    Elton's "Border Song" "Tiny Dancer" "Your Song" "Levon"
    Carly Simon's " You're So Vain"

    ...and one of the most grand and epic Rock songs:
    Rolling Stones "Moonlight Mile"
  4. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag The West Coast bzfgt

    Pacifica, CA
    He was a genius! Madman Across The Water, "Levon," listen to it.

    Also worked with Train on "Drops Of Jupiter" and made me like that song, and also won the Grammy for his arrangement on that tune. Not that I care about Grammys, really, but just read that on wikipedia.

    Years ago I was out at a bar and "Drops Of Jupiter" came on, and I'd heard it before, and I kept thinking, "What''s going on with this song, why does it seem familiar?" I'm not sure how I found out that it was Paul Buckmaster, but he certainly had an imprimatur.
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  5. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    Cool, I didn't know he did "Space Oddity". A timeless arrangement that exists in it's own space and time.
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  6. extravaganza

    extravaganza Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA USA
    Sad to hear this. I love all of his early Elton John stuff (I enjoy the ENTIRE Friends album). Bee Gees Odessa cello. And he was working with Miles Davis during an amazing period. I always felt he was underappreciated - he was a giant.
  7. jujuhounds

    jujuhounds Forum Resident

    United States
    Paul worked on the orchestral arrangements for Street Of Dreams, There Was A Time, Madagascar and Prostitute for GN'R. RIP
  8. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

    Eastern Iowa
    If that had been the only song Paul arranged, he'd still have been considered a master. His strings are the perfect addition to that track.
  9. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Very sad news. He was a great talent. RIP.
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  10. deadbirdie

    deadbirdie Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL
    Urgh. I really loved his stuff. He was beyond brilliant. RIP to an amazing talent.
  11. fredgsanford

    fredgsanford Forum Resident

  12. Man...the greats are dropping like flies. A brilliant orchestral arranger and occasional composer. I've always loved his string arrangements particularly on "Sixty Years On".
  13. Malina

    Malina Forum Resident

    I looked up who did the string arrangement when I heard the song on the radio because it was so great and saw it was Paul. RIP to a supremely talented musician.
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  14. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    Big loss. Not as well known to the public as the artists whose music he arranged, but arguably more important to many of those tracks than the name artists themselves.

  15. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    He also made considerable contributions to several of Shawn Phillips' albums.
    I always appreciated his work, his arrangements always were sensitive to supporting the artist's vision.
  16. deadbirdie

    deadbirdie Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL
    I couldn’t imagine early Elton without Paul. IMO his contributions on that stuff are just as important as Elton and Bernie’s. Just amazing stuff.
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  17. MicSmith

    MicSmith Forum Resident

    As others have pointed out Paul Buckmaster's work on the early Elton John albums is very special. A sad day for music. RIP.
  18. Farmer Mike

    Farmer Mike Forum Resident

    We were playing "The Thorns" one and only album in the store and at some point two guys come back to the counter to see what is playing. I hand over the case and get back to whatever useful nonsense I was engaged in, suddenly I hear "F-ck-r, I told you that was Buckmaster, pay up b-t-ch". Dude handed me the case back and walked away $20.00 richer. Amazing work with Elton and many others, hell I'll even listen to "Drops of Jupiter" for a little bit to hear the strings. R.I.P.
  19. segue

    segue Forum Resident

    Genius work with The Rolling Stones on Sticky Fingers
    Moonlight Mile

    He worked with an amazing array of artists from many genres, a very impressive discography.
  20. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    Very sad news. He was an incredible talent who made a huge impact on some of rock and pop’s greatest songs. R.I.P.
  21. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    He's got a legacy that will live on! Rest in peace to a master. I'll spin some "Moonlight Mile" tonight in his honor.
  22. jwoverho

    jwoverho Forum Resident

    Mobile, AL USA
    So many brilliant arrangements. He had an instantly recognizable style.

    He did some arrangements on Leonard Cohen’s SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE. When the strings kick in on Avalanche you know it’s Buckmaster. Interestingly enough, he referred to some of the songs on Cohen’s album as unarrangable, but managed nonetheless.
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  23. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

    Gonna listen to Friends right now. I probably would not be into Elton John as much as I am without this man. RIP.
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  24. brettster808

    brettster808 Forum Resident

    I'm sorry to be "that guy," but is there a legitimate source for the news of his passing?
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  25. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag The West Coast bzfgt

    Pacifica, CA
    I just googled, and went to his website, and I see nothing about a death. I so hope this thread isn't a send-up. Not that I want him dead. I'm not on Facebook, which is where someone here saw it, allegedly.
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