Buckley: Honeyman (Edsel EDCD 450)
live date that took place at Long Island's Ultrasonic Studios
at the tail end of 1973, the Honeyman session finds Buckley
at his most exuberant. He scats joyously through the salacious
Get On Top, (Get on top of me, honey/Let me see what
you learnt), and croons Fred Neil's ever-beautiful Dolphins
assurance of prime-time Sinatra, albeit one owing as much
to Jack Kerouac as Jack Daniels.
Buckley's strength and the reason for his failure was his
reluctance to fit into any scheme of things. Folkie, rock
star, jazz man for a generation...he was all these things,
often in the course of a single song.
was up for grabs, no song remained sacred; Buckley reshaped
and remixed whatever came his way. A version of the Jaynettes
Sally Go Round The Roses - which has its neck wrung
in a manner that'll cause Buckley buffs to take an extra sniff
in celebration - is a case in point here.
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