The Tim Buckley Archives




Tim Buckley’s musical history can be broadly divided into three periods.

First is the conventional view of a Sixties singer-songwriter that is covered by three earlier albums - Tim Buckley (Elektra -1966), Goodbye and Hello (Elektra - 1967) and Blue Afternoon (Straight/Warner Brothers -1969).

The second period was one of more ambitious musical styling that moved more in the realm of experimental and jazz-tinged music. Lorca (Elektra -1969), Happy/Sad (Elektra - 1968), and Starsailor (Straight/Warner Brothers -1969) are the three studio albums that show Tim’s willingness to forsake the easy path for one far more demanding of musician and listener alike.

Curiously enough, one of Tim’s most popular songs came in this period. Song to the Siren - a little gem that appeared for the first time on disc on Starsailor after debuting on the very last Monkees TV show - has been covered extensively by artistes as diverse as Robert Plant and This Mortal Coil, whose 1998 version has been sampled many times in electronic mixes.

Tim’s final period began in 1972, when a more muscular, funk-tinged version appeared first on Greetings from LA (Straight/Warner Brothers -1971), followed by Sefronia (DiscReet - 1973) and Look at the Fool (DiscReet - 1974).

Since his death in 1975, there have been at least that number again of live recordings and unreleased songs on albums that showcased Tim’s range as a singer, and as a pioneer who pushed musical boundaries as few had done before.

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