Monday, September 11, 2006

86. Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello (1967)

Track Listing

1. No Man Can Find The War
2. Carnival Song
3. Pleasant Street
4. Hallucinations
5. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
6. Once I Was
7. Phantasmagoria In Two
8. Knight-Errant
9. Goodbye And Hello
10. Morning Glory


This is a great album, I know many will not agree and find Tim Buckley to be too whiny etc. You could say that but you couldn't criticise much more about this album. The music is great, his voice although whiny is a great versatile instrument and the lyrics are probably the best thing about the whole album.

There is not a bad track here, and there is not a mediocre one, it is all ranging from very good to excellent. Buckley is firmly in the folk-rock corner of the spectrum but with a very different sound to Bob Dylan, you could say that Buckley is schmaltzy and likes to make epic ballads when compared to Dylan's understatedness and this is why Buckley is not and never was as good as Dylan.

Actually very little is understated in this album, Buckley suffers like a little girl who has had all her Barbies put on a bonfire. But he writes very well and composes music excellently and therefore gets away with it. This is truly a great album, but as I've said it has its faults.

It is however an album that I would reccomend that everyone tries, if it really grates on your nerves let it be. Buy it at Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Phantasmagoria in Two
2. Goodbye and Hello
3. Pleasant Street
4. Morning Glory

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

On June 28, 1975 after returning from the last show of a tour in Dallas he decided he could relax and snorted heroin at a friend's house. Having diligently controlled his habit while on the road, his tolerance was lowered, and the combination of a small amount of drugs mixed with the amount of alcohol he'd been consuming all day to celebrate the tour's end was too much. His friend took him home thinking he was merely drunk. Tim was put to bed by his friends, who told his wife that he'd also used some barbiturates. As she watched TV in bed beside him, Buckley turned blue. Attempts by friends and paramedics to revive him were unsuccessful. Reportedly, Buckley's last words were "Bye Bye Baby," delivered in a way reminiscent of the line in Ray Charles' "Driftin' Blues." Buckley was 28.

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