Handmade retraces the first steps of Buckleys uncompromising
musical journey with a two-disc set that includes both the
stereo and mono versions of his debut. The second disc contains
nearly two dozen unreleased recordings Buckley made in 1965
with The Bohemians and in 1966 with frequent songwriting partner
recorded the albums 12 songs in Los Angeles with the
team behind The Doorsproducer Paul Rothchild and engineer
Bruce Botnick. He was backed in the studio by guitarist and
longtime collaborator Lee Underwood, bassist James Fielder,
and Mothers Of Invention drummer Billy Mundi. Van Dyke Parks,
who had spent much of that summer collaborating with Beach
Boy Brian Wilson on the legendary Smile album, was brought
in to overdub keyboards, and frequent Phil Spector sidekick
Jack Nitzsche contributed string arrangements.
DELUXE EDITION features both the stereo and mono mixes of
the album, which contains several of Buckleys early
classics, including the singles Wings and Arent
You The Girl.
music on the second disc has remained unreleased until now
and provides an unparalleled insight into Buckleys early
development. It opens with 12 songs he recorded in November
1965 with The Bohemians, a group he formed in high school
with Fielder, Beckett, and guitarist Brian Hartzler. Recorded
live in an Anaheim studio, the originals include early versions
of She Is and It Happens Every Timetwo
tracks that later appeared on Buckleys debut. The session
also yielded rockers like Put You Down and Come
On Over and the ballads Call Me If You Do
and No More.
nine songs that make up the second half of the disc were recorded
shortly before the sessions for Tim Buckley and feature Buckley
singing and playing acoustic guitar with Beckett, who recites
poetry to Buckleys guitar on two tracks: Found
At The Scene Of A Rendezvous That Failed and Birth
Day. The home recording captures versions of the album
tracks: She Is, Arent You The Girl,
Wings, Song Slowly Song, and I
Cant See You. The two remaining songs are the
Buckley original My Love Is For You and the Beckett/Buckley
collaboration Long Tide.
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