Rare Tim Buckley Recordings Unearthed
Michael D. Ayers - July 14, 2009
rare performance from folk icon Tim Buckley will see the light
later this summer, when the Tompkins Square label issues "Live
at the Folklore Center, NYC March 6, 1967" on
August 25. The live recording adds to an assorted mix of posthumous
releases from the Buckley camp that date back to 1990.
will delight in this one, as it includes six new original
Buckley compositions that have yet to appear on any prior
release. The set was recorded by folk impresario Izzy Young
at the Folklore Center, the Greenwich Village club that was
a fertile ground for folk acts in the 1960's, including a
young Bob Dylan.
didn't hear the tape for most of the time I've been in Sweden
- at least 30 years," Young tells Billboard.com. "When
I played it for some close pals six months or so again,
I just couldn't believe it, all that fresh energy, fresh
thought." "Live at the Folklore Center" marks
the earliest official release of any Buckley live album
and also includes an interview Young conducted with Buckley
in the liner notes.
will first notice the show's very intimate nature, as it's
approximated that around 35 people were in attendance that
night. "My sound man and I had an agreement, never
more than 10% louder," Young explains. "Everyone
had to listen and not just get big sounds thrown at them.
And no playbacks are ever to be heard at my concerts."
the sound of the tapes surely captures the emotive singer
in a raw state, it's not to say some mastering wasn't done.
Grammy-winning engineers Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith
and Jamie Howarth all worked on getting the sound up to
par, while keeping the original running order of the show.
The recording suffered from the usual suspects: hiss/tape
noise, drop outs, hums, outside noises and a girl coughing,"
Russell-Smith says. "The tape noise, drop outs and
hums were, at most times, easily rectified but I could never
find that plug-in to remedy a cold. This particular recording
suffered from them, and was in fact running fast. Jamie
was able to obtain Tim's original pitch and corrected the
two reels accordingly. This made for a much more satisfying
Buckley only lived to 28, his output was quite prolific
in the short time he was performing and recording. Warren-Smith
says listening to this show, Buckley's energy is quite apparent
despite the small audience he was playing for. "I have
worked on many live performances from yesteryear, but the
thing that sticks out in my mind is the rawness of this
performance," he says. "It's fast and furious,
he doesn't dwell too much in between tracks and once he's
into a song it's all emotion from there on in."
is the track list for "Live at the Folklore Center,
NYC - March 6th, 1967":
"I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain"
"Phantasmagoria In Two"
"Just Please Leave Me" (Previously Unreleased)
"I Can't See You"
"Aren't You The Girl"
"What Do You Do (He Never Saw You)" (Previously
"No Man Can Find The War"
"Cripples Cry" (Previously Unreleased)
"If The Rain Comes" (Previously Unreleased)
"Country Boy" (Previously Unreleased)
"I Can't Leave You Loving Me" (Previously Unreleased)