Exclusive First Listen: Tim Buckley
18, 2009 - Tim Buckley was just twenty years old in 1967,
when Izzy Young asked him to play above his store on Sixth
Avenue in New York City. Young had never heard Buckley's music,
but after several hours of conversation he knew exactly what
he stood for and that was enough for Young. In front
of a small crowd of 35, Young set up a field recording kit
amidst stacks of books and records and flipped the reels every
now and again, as Buckley played completely unadorned.
one self-titled record, and with Goodbye and Hello
coming just a few months later, Live at the Folklore Center,
NYC reveals Buckley the singer-songwriter. Stripped of
a backing band and string arrangements, these songs show the
influences of Bob Dylan and Fred Neil Buckley covers
Dolphins here more than any of his studio work.
Without a rhythm section on folk-rockers like I Never Asked
to be Your Mountain, Buckley strums furiously, resulting
in a hypnotic acoustic drone that beds Buckley's soaring vocals.
from the audio verite, this live recording features six songs
never before heard in any format. It's certainly a treasure
for the Buckley collector, and an insight into the many directions
he could have taken after 1967. There's the schmaltzy-yet-charming
What Do You Do (He Never Saw You), and Country Boy,an
urban cowboy song begging for a snarling electric guitar riff.
But perhaps the biggest connection to his later experimental
work is I Can't Leave You Loving Me. It has the passionate
drive of Buckley's folk-rockers, but vocally he reaches far
out into space.
matter his location or time, Buckley never quite found his
place. Even at the height of the folk revival in Greenwich
Village, gigs were scarce during his short time away from
LA. Still, he kept moving forward until his death in 1975.
On Live at the Folklore Center, NYC, we hear an unabashedly
hopeful Buckley, an unbridled youth forever embedded on tape.