new live recording of the late Tim Buckley
solidifies his legendary status
tenor, ultra-sensitive and passionate songs, handsome, short-lived
with the last name of Buckley: Is it the late Jeff Buckley?
It could be, but the description also fit’s the father Jeff
never knew- singer-songwriter extraordinaire Tim Buckley (1947-1975)
member Tim Buckley never enjoyed much in the way of commercial
success, but most of his decades-old albums remain in print
and in recent years, several previously unreleased concert
performances by Buckley have been issued on CD.
latest of these is Live At The Folklore Center, NYC - March
6, 1967 (Tompkins Square) A recording of an intimate solo
acoustic show performed before an audience of just 35 in a
little Greenwich Village venue, Live At The Folklore Center
captures a 20 year-old Tim in full possession the powers that
build his mystique.
person who knew Tim Buckley well as both a friend and artist
was lyricist Larry Beckett, who collaborated with Buckley
on many of his most enduring songs, including Morning Glory,
Song to the Siren and Once I was.
first got together with Buckley in high school in Anaheim,
California, where they formed bands called the Harlequin Three
and The Bohemians.
“We had a really great chemistry with each other immediately,”
recalls Beckett. “One day I went to Tim and said ‘If Lennon
and McCartney are doing it, why don’t you and I write songs?’
And he said ‘OK’ “
Although Buckley’s earliest albums could be characterized
as ornate folk-rock, he changed musical direction frequently,
moving into jazz, avant-garde experimentation and R&B.
worked with him through all these incarnations. “Neither Buckley
or I had much respect or interest in the music business,”
says Beckett today. “We didn’t look at charts or sales figures
or think about what was working in the market place or anything
other than our own creative directions. We chose the part
of art instead of commerce.”
view of Live At The Folklore Center is that “It’s one
of his best. Tim without a big production moves him into the
timeless zone that he really needs of occupy. It lets you
focus on his brilliant guitar work and his magnificent voice.
It represents what the fuss was all about."
Enticingly, Beckett adds, “There are still hours and hours
of unreleased Buckley stuff, which is first rate quality,
waiting for an audience"