at the Folklore Center, NYC - March 6 1967
Buckley was just twenty and a few months away from making
his second Elektra album, the baroque-pop treasure Goodbye
and Hello, when he gave the stunning raw-folk performance
- just voice and an acoustic guitar, taped with a single mike
on a machine usually reserved for field recordings - on Live
at the Folklore Center, NYC - March 6 1967 (Tompkins Square).
intimacy is audible; a few coughs during When Cripple Cry
are a rare break in the hypnotized silence of the audience,
three-dozen strong in a small room.
sounds almost emboldened by the setting too, playing mostly
new songs (six of them previously unreleased) with robust
strumming and an aggressive delight in his rippled-glass cries.
year after this show, Buckley was deep into the liquid writing
and improvised-vocal reverie of 1968s Happy Sad
- he never made a studio record this simple and dramatic.
closer parallel: the 1993 solo tapes that became his son Jeffs
debut, Live at Sin-é.
both you get a Buckley on the verge, stripped bare and spellbinding