Buckley: Tim Buckley
This eponymous debut was recorded when Tim Buckley was the
tender age of nineteen, having just been discovered by Elektra
Records whilst playing the folk-rock circuits of L.A, with
his (then) current bands The Bohemians and The Harlequin Three.
album is, for the most part, a collection of poetic folk/rock
songs. Many of the songs are quite stiffly structured, perhaps
down to the lyrics, which where co-written by poet friend
Larry Becket and have a distinctly medieval feel to them.
Sounding somewhere between the musings of a teenager discovering
his first love and the tales of a knight as he tries to coax
down his lady from the tower above.
the lyrics are touching, its his voice that will knock you
for six. Its so hard to believe that such a powerful and emotive
vocal could come from one so young. I would imagine that those
who heard this album at the time of its release, must have
realised that what they were witnessing, was the beginnings
of something unlike anything which had preceded it, or for
that matter, has ever come close to it since.
Street Affair Under Blue, Song Slowly Song, Grief In My Soul
and Understand Your Man are the stand-out tracks
on this impacting debut. Which along with second album Goodbye
and Hello makes up the first stage of the many, very different
musical incarnations of Tim Buckley which were to follow.