: Tim Buckley
album is, to some extent, regarded as being Tim Buckleys sellout
album. Only he could answer that one, but it is a pretty puzzling
album and certainly not one of his best.
is a collection of covers, Buckley, Beckett collaborations
and a few of Tim Buckleys own songs. We use the word puzzling
because the songs, in terms of quality, are just oceans apart
from each other, they range from the brilliant to the opposite.
be fair, none of the poor tracks were penned by Buckley. Of
the covers, Fred Neil's Dolphins, a song that Tim had
often played live over the years, is done beautifully. Harry
Nilsson's Peanut Man is fun, quirky and light hearted,
he's having a laugh with this one, singing three different
parts, its hard to believe its all the same voice.
Waits Martha and Denny Randell and Letty Jo Barons
I know Id recognise your face are bizarre choices,
the latter being a duet with Marcia Waldorf and, to be honest
is a complete shocker.
not all bad though. Of the original material, title track
Sefronia (co-written with Larry Beckett) stands out,
particularly part two, The Kings Chain, on which the
vocals are truly stunning.
Buckley's take on '60s band The Jaynettes Sally Go Round
the Roses is a clever transformation of a teeny bopper
love song, into an upbeat but sultry number about finding
his lady getting down to it with another girl.
album has great moments, but as a whole it's a bit upside
down and back to front, not one we'd recommend for those who
are new to Tim Buckley.