Tim Buckley – Live At The Folklore Center, NYC: March 6, 1967 (Tompkins Square Records)

There’s no shortage of Tim Buckley live albums; so what makes this latest one so special? First, this is the earliest concert of Buckley’s career to see release, taking place between his first and second album, so you get an almost completely different set-list. Second, this is the most naked and intimate Buckley performance ever to be released, consisting of just his voice and acoustic guitar, recorded with a single microphone in front of an audience of about thirty-five people (check the cover photo for proof). The unadorned performance adds a rawness to the songs from his first two albums, stripping away the typical mid-’60s West Coast session-man instrumentation from the familiar studio versions. Third and last, there are six songs on the Folklore Center set-list that never appeared on another Buckley album, studio or live. Rather surprising that he never revisited any of these songs later on, given the strength of the material – especially “Just Please Leave Me” and a mournful “Cripples Cry” – which is as good as anything else Buckley released during this period. It’s hard to believe this album, with its intense performance, exciting set-list and good sound quality (a shock given the 40+ year vintage – although you do hear an audience member have a coughing fit at one point) sat on the shelves for so long. An essential addition to the Tim Buckley discography.

Tracklisting :

  1. Song For Jainie
  2. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
  3. Wings
  4. Phantasmagoria In Two
  5. Just Please Leave Me *
  6. Dolphins
  7. I Can’t See You
  8. Troubadour
  9. Aren’t You The Girl
  10. What Do You Do (He Never Saw You) *
  11. No Man Can Find The War
  12. Carnival Song
  13. Cripples Cry *
  14. If The Rain Comes *
  15. Country Boy *
  16. I Can’t Leave You Loving Me *

*previously unreleaed


Tim Buckley – My Fleeting House (MVD Visual)

Eleven rare clips of Buckley have been collected for the first time on My Fleeting House, and interspersed with recent interviews with his collaborators Larry Beckett and Lee Underwood, as well as David Bowne (author of “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley”) that give insight into Buckley’s life and career. What this DVD does best is show how rapidly Buckley’s music evolved over his seven-year recording career – quickly moving from folk-rock to avant-garde jazz-folk, and finally to soul and R&B before his untimely death from a heroin overdose in 1974. The clips come from a variety of sources (“Song To The Siren” from a 1966 episode of The Monkees, two Happy/Sad songs from Dutch TV, and “The Dolphin” from a 1974 episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test…etc) and the audio-visual quality varies, but Buckley’s unique voice and performances remain uniformly strong throughout. Fans of his music should check this out.