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Tim Buckley: Album by Album, note for note appreciation

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lemonade kid, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Happy Time from that great taping on BBC...thank you, thank you for preserving this BBC!
    It echoes the more progressive jazz free form figures of Lorca...amazing.




    :agree:

    God, what a voice...effortlessly soaring!
     
  2. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Has the Zappa estate, with its endless bickering, finally freed Blue Afternoon. It was unavailable for so long!

    :realmad:
     
  3. CybrKhatru

    CybrKhatru Music is life.

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    Sadly, I don't think so....

    I just snagged a copy of the late-80s CD on eBay for a decent price. At least copies can be found...!
     
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  4. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Wow. My Straight vinyl in NM condition must be really rare nowadays!

    Good find @CybrKhatru ! I am sure you will treasure it.
     
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  5. Hootsmon

    Hootsmon Forum Resident

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    Outstanding.
    Astonishing to think of the copious amounts of footage the BBC taped over or binned that this gem should've survived.
    I like to think it was saved by one of the legendary engineers who copied it for his own collection.
     
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  6. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Happy Time

    Great opener to the album. We have 6 versions of this recorded in 1968 including the 2 TV appearances from April. So it might seem a little surprising that it didn't make it onto Happy Sad. But then maybe he just had too many great songs at the time. So Blue Afternoon is partially a look in the rear view mirror, and I am thankful for that as so many gems would have been lost otherwise.
     
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  7. gazatthebop

    gazatthebop Forum Resident

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    Blue afternoon has been available in the uk for years.
     
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  8. Fuller

    Fuller Forum Resident

    Great thread Lemonade Kid!
    Tim Buckley has been away from my turntable and CD player for too long.
    Got 7 of the original studio albums on vinyl all purchased in early- mid 1980’s mostly from a shop appropriately called Driftin’ in Cheltenham, England. The owner was a Tim Buckley fan.
    Anyway my copy of Blue Afternoon is WS001842 and says made in Greece. I was surprised to find a copy after looking for quite a while back then.
     
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  9. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Thanks Fuller. Cheers from across the pond. Cool that you have 7 Buckely LPs.

    And happy you are enjoying the thread.

    :tiphat:
     
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  10. gazatthebop

    gazatthebop Forum Resident

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    A lot of Tim's albums were reissued in the 1980's by Warner Bros in Greece incl. Blue Afternoon
     
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  11. gazatthebop

    gazatthebop Forum Resident

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  12. Fuller

    Fuller Forum Resident

    Thanks LK.
    Only two I haven’t got on vinyl are the first and last studio albums but got both those two on CD.
    I’ve just listened to Happy Sad and Blue Afternoon straight through, takes me back to a time 35 or so years ago. Love the interplay of jazz guitar, double bass, understated drums and cymbals and glorious vibes. Topped off by Tim’s unreal vocals. Brilliant.
     
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  13. Fuller

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    Funnily enough my Lorca is from New Zealand and Starsailor from Italy. All three on Warner Bros. Must admit I didn’t really take much notice where they came from back then. I was just pleased to get hold of his vinyl albums!
    And probably paid about four quid each for them!
     
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  14. gazatthebop

    gazatthebop Forum Resident

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    around 1980 "Starsailor" had an Italian reissue with the alternate blue and orange cover
     
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  15. Nick Dunning

    Nick Dunning Forum Resident

    I adore ‘Blue Afternoon’. I got it blind on CD when it was reissued in 1989. It’s been in regular rotation ever since.

    It’s the ultimate initially low key record that just sticks around and keeps on giving.

    Not a weak track (which separates it from ‘Happy/Sad’, and two five star classic songs. Which we will come to shortly.
     
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  17. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    track 2) Chase The Blues Away

    Definitely an all time favorite. An absolutely stunning song
    and studio performance!

    This one @Nick Dunning ?! A masterpiece of a song.

    :righton:



    Well come along walk with me
    And learn the songs that lovers sing
    When they believe
    We'll dance along the river's edge
    Just arm and arm along the moonlit shore
    The midnight cries

    Well I just came to chase the blues away
    For awhile

    Just like a child you'll cling to me
    From every sound along that rushes near
    It's just the breeze that licks your skin
    And rubs your breast
    And as we lay our river's flow away
    Your woman fear

    Well I just came to chase the blues away
    For awhile

    With the morning sun we'll wake
    And lift our eyes and watch the eagle fly
    Up mountain high
    And on his wings our love will climb
    And never fail until he soars and dives
    Oh, he'll take your breath away


    Well, he just came to chase the blues away
    For awhile


     
  18. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Chase The Blues Away

    Another song dating back to the first half of '68. You really must hear the 2 live versions from the Troubadour concerts. The version below was released only 3 years ago- proving that Tim Buckley is the gift that keeps on giving. Its much less bass-centric than the studio version, and the interplay between Tim's 12-string and Lee's guitar, particularly in the instrumental break and the outro, is some of the most subtle yet sublime music I have ever heard.

     
  19. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Starsailor at 50
    We'll get there soon enough, but Starsailor turned 50 this month. Sadly no enlarged reissue planned.
     
  20. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    So this is not out on CD? That's terrible...I was lucky and found a copy in a thrift store back in the 90s (I think it's on the Straight or Bizarre label) and it's one of Tim's best IMO. Haven't listened to it in a long time, but I would call it very melodic and accessible.
     
  21. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    You likely have this...beautiful.

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  22. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    Yep...that's the one. I only have two original vinyl Tim Buckley LPs, the other one is Goodbye and Hello.
     
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  23. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    :edthumbs:
    We are very blessed to have the Straight vinyl as a mere 5000 copies sold
    from the original vinyl release in 1969.
     
  24. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    Cool...I sure didn't know that!
     
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  25. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Albeit, more sold as cutouts, but mine is not a cutout which is much rarer.
    And to have survived the subsequent five decades, a feat in itself.

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