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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. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    So Lonely

    This one always felt a little tongue-in-cheek to me. But Lee says that it was written during a genuine period of loneliness- "Loneliness began eating our insides"- when they were both separated from their girlfriends.

    In the 4-album run from Happy Sad to Starsailor only one single was released, Happy Time/So Lonely- a Happy side and a Sad side. I wonder if this was done on purpose.

    I hadn't noticed the instrumental mono section before-shows how inattentive I can be.
     
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  2. Clonesteak

    Clonesteak Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I bought a box set of vinyl from Tim's albums through Greeting From LA. It was around $100 and well worth it. Not sure of the source but I at least have a bunch of Tim albums clean and new that sound great to my ears.

    First thing that comes up Google search brings up Target for this box: Tim Buckley - Album Collection 1966-1972 (Vinyl)

    Less than $80 :edthumbs:
     
  3. Clonesteak

    Clonesteak Forum Resident

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    Kalamazoo, MI
    I think of Blue Afternoon as an album to put on when your aren't feeling so great and then put this on in the afternoon and the Blues make you feel better.

    So Lonely is the type of song that is sad but makes you just feel better. I love to sing along to this song and it no easy task to sing along too. Those low notes are amazing to hear cranked up really loud. Tim's vocals work out the tweeter, mid and woofer on ones' speakers.
     
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  4. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

    Location:
    MidCoast...Maine
    track 6) Cafe

    An easy paced wonderful jazzy bluesy number -- so fine.
    Melodic and peacefully meditative with dreamy lyrics.




    I was just a curly-haired mountain boy
    On my way
    Passing through I heard a voice
    Whisper good evening
    I turned to a shadow
    And saw her there
    So all alone
    She had those sad china eyes
    That sang each time she smiled
    Ah, but the song
    It seemed to linger
    So long it deepened
    My love for her
    Until she called me near
    And then we waltzed to our heart beat
    All around
    The sea was swaying
    The breeze was praying
    Never to leave her alone
    Alone
    Oh, the time just slipped on by
    And with the time
    So did our love
    Ah, her every move
    Just like a fever
    Just like a fever
    Burnin' inside would not leave me



     
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  5. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Tow-fer Wednesday....couldn't wait for my fave from this album.

    track 7) Blue Melody

    Another sweet bluesy track...

    A stunning song, and for me the "title track" of sorts, or the anchor song.
    Wonderful moody piano lines by Lee Underwood.

    Tim, harkening back to a "blue melody that my mama used to sing".
    As Tim wisely sings to us, we all need a blue melody to sail us on home.



    Well I was born a blue melody
    A little song my mama sang to me
    It was a blue melody
    Such a blue
    You've never seen

    There ain't no wealth
    That can buy my pride
    There ain't no pain
    That can cleanse my soul
    No just a blue melody
    Sailing far away from me

    One summer mornin'
    I was raised
    But I don't know
    One summer morning
    I was left
    But I don't know
    One summer morning
    So all alone

    Late in ev'ning
    I'll sing in your dreaming
    Down from the mountain
    Along with the breezes
    So close inside
    Love grew smiles

    So if you hear that blue melody
    Won't you please send it home to me
    It's just my
    Blue melody
    Callin' far away to me

     
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  6. Clonesteak

    Clonesteak Forum Resident

    Location:
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    Cafe is probably my least favorite tune in the album and Blue Melody is top tier Buckley. Melancholy through and through. These are the lyrics of someone battling depression. He sounds so hopeless with his mindset of lyrics. This is heavy stuff. “There ain’t no pain that can cleanse my soul”
     
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  7. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Agree in some ways...Blue Melody is devastatingly blue,
    but the kind of blues we sometimes need that shows us we are not alone.
    But Tim shows us he sees a way out...

    Catharsis for the soul. I don't see it as hopeless. Tim is obviously singing about being in a dark place,
    but with the hopeful memory of his mama's old "Blue melody", he sees the light that can sing him home.

    I really like Cafe...it fits...it works well here between two great songs -- love the lyrics. The whole album is seamless.
    A perfect eight song wonder.
     
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  8. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Cafe

    Its good to have some interesting differences of opinions. I love every track on BA but it moves from my least favourite (So Lonely) to my favourite- Cafe. I love it so much that more often than not I start the album from track 6. Its all atmosphere, but Tim's vocal with his 12-string sustains it throughout, and its raised up further by perhaps my favourite Lee Underwood solo- its so spectral and narcotic; just perfect for lying down in the dark and chilling.
     
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  9. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Blue Melody

    Gorgeous, and so good that Lee Underwood named his book after it. Should have been a jazz standard. It's the only TB song that my wife sings along to- I have had to politely ask her to stop.

    You have probably already heard the 2 versions from the Troubadour concert, without the piano, but featuring Tim's whistling- what a wonderful whistler he was.

     
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  10. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Blue Melody

    Tim played this one to the end- here it is from his last ever concert on June 26th 1975.

     
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  11. gazatthebop

    gazatthebop Forum Resident

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    sounds like its from the Detroit '75 recording
     
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  12. Williamson

    Williamson Forum Resident

    Love the piano on this song :)
     
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  13. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    Buckley... as Producer?

    Listening to Blue Afternoon I have often pondered Tim's role as producer on this his only self-produced album.

    BA has been referred to as a "rush job"- the newly formed label wanted product out asap. Perhaps they couldn't get a known producer at short notice for such a short project. And perhaps Tim was happy to volunteer- he was only 22, but had already recorded 4 albums in the studio.
    I guessing he didn't bother with much in the way of written or spoken instructions, and perhaps just went with a live-in-the-studio sound as per the 4 tracks he recorded for Happy Sad in December '68.

    Anyway, enough idle speculation. I'm wondering what others make of his production job? Is it a success? Is there anything in the sound he achieved that you would describe as Buckleyesque? Cheers.
     
  14. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Wonderful production chops IMHO ...

    Tim's production: call it instinct, whereas an "outsider" may have not had the personal touch to handle Tim's approach to his music.
     
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  15. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    The Japanese remastered CD of Blue Afternoon from 2013. It sounds great & what a wonderful album.
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  16. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    track 8) The Train

    This caps off a fantastic LP...experimental and closer to the
    freeform jazz of Lorca and Starsailor.

    Tim's vocal work reaches its zenith here. And Lee's guitar lines are stunning.
    Amazing indeed!




    Ah, tell me mama
    Ah, tell me darlin'
    Now that it's time for me to go
    Ah, don't you hold me down
    And kill the man you love
    Sweet mama what you gonna do

    Ah, now darlin' what you gonna do
    Mama what you gonna do for love
    Ah, when that sun shines
    Ah, honey
    And I'm living in your love again
    Ah, won't you let me know
    Do I stay or do I go
    Oh, yeah,
    Ah, darlin', what you gonna do now
    I said now mama what you gonna do
    Now mama what you gonna do for love
    When I'm gone
    When I'm gone
    When I'm gone
    When I'm gone
    Ah, when I'm gone
    Gone gone gone gone gone gone
    When I'm gone
    Darlin' so young and tender,
    So quick to surrender
    Everything that you don't own,
    Know that you've got not
    You make love like a skinned cat
    Crawlin' across a highway
    Tryin' to git to the other side,
    Don't know why you just gotta try

    Ah, when that devil
    When that devil gets you honey
    Oh, I want to know
    That's when I'll come home and start to

    Ah, sweet mama what you gonna do
    Ah, sweet mama what you gonna do now
    Aw Daddy what you gonna do for love

    When I'm gone, when I'm gone, when I'm gone, Lord
    When I'm gone, gone, gone, mama, when I'm gone
    When I'm gone, yeah, sweet mama,
    Yes, ah, when I'm gone
    Get that devil get that devil

    Gonna go back home, so long,
    Just want to get some sun on my shoulder
    And get a bit of sand in my shoes
    I love you New York City, but I see that sun shinin'
    And I don't want to stay here no more
    Oh, what you gonna do
    Oh yeah...

    :edthumbs:

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  17. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    See you all soon for LORCA!
     
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  18. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    I really love the version on Dream Letter live 1968.
     
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  19. Williamson

    Williamson Forum Resident

    Not in the vein of the rest of the record but probably the song I look forward to the most. Pre-dates his Greetings From LA horniness. Love it.
     
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  20. clip

    clip Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Australia
    I just got a copy of this album today, so will be listening to it tonight :goodie:
    Too late for any comments from me, but reading everyone’s here, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
     
  21. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    Thanks. Always loved the songs on this album, but it took me quite a long time to appreciate the sound of the album. Thankfully I got there in the end. Perhaps a shame Tim didn't produce more.
     
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  22. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

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    Wiltshire, UK
    The Train

    A version of this was recorded for a BBC Top Gear radio show on 1st October 1968. The DJ, John Peel, announced it as "Untitled", and the lyrics are vastly different.

    This song seems to divide listeners, just like Gypsy Woman on his previous album and for similar reasons. Always loved it though- great closer to the album.

    Watch out for these lines coming up again on the album Look at the Fool (1974):

    You make love like a skinned cat
    Crawlin' across a highway
     
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  23. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    Ha! I missed that, having not listened to Look At The Fool so much. Looking forward to exploring in depth those later LPs with you all.
     
  24. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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  25. mameyama

    mameyama Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    So the tapes were found around 8 years ago. But the Neil Young tape was released 12 years ago! And the Joni Mitchell came out this year. I guess it might be a long wait for Tim's.
     
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