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Lorca, along with the harrowing masterpiece Starsailor, is arguably the artistic high-water mark of Tim Buckley’s career. Though Lorca’s meandering and occasionally dissonant compositions sounded little like the gentle folk-rock on which Buckley had built his reputation, the keening experimentation here found Buckley exploring the potential of his four-octave vocal range to intoxicating effect. Over the course of five almost torturously extended numbers Buckley wails like a man possessed, bending and testing the limits of his voice in a manner that recalls the full-bore assault of sax men like Albert Ayler and John Coltrane. The arrangements of songs like “Anonymous Proposition” and “Lorca” are skeletal, jazzy whispers that serve as elegant framing devices for Buckley’s flights of vocal fancy. Lorca is a demanding listen to be sure, but few artists have utilized the human voice as imaginatively and compellingly as Buckley does here.

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Artistic high point

I picked up a copy of this in the $1 bin in a used record store in the mid 80's. It said Tim Buckley on it and I figured what did I have to lose. I was quite taken aback when I first put it on after previously being enchanted by Tim's early psychedelic folk rock and much more conventional musical approach. This music was hard to absorb at first. It is a challenging album to process but it reaps rewards for those who take the time and patience to understand what Tim is attempting here. It is a high point in his artistic achievement and creative approach to music and it's an album that would never be released by a major record company in our time. It's truly an artifact from a special time when there was a convergence between artists and business in the music industry and an established act like Tim could get away with indulging his experimental urges to produce an album both uniquely beautiful and wildly experimental. The lack of success of this album would force Tim to explore much more conventional styles later on in his career but this represents a high point in his expression as an artist. It truly deserves attention by anyone who appreciates Tim Buckley and his amazing talent.

Lorca - not for everyone

I bought Lorca back in the early 70's, shortly after it was released. It was controversial then and that was a good thing. If you bought it without paying attention to the reviews, well, you were surprised. I was in the military and didn't see any reviews until I'd bought the album, listened to it, and said, "What the ***?" Then I read some reviews as old counter-culture papers made their way to my base, and then I understood what Lorca was attempting. This was Tim Buckley using his extraordinary voice to experiment with vocal possibilities. I give it 5 stars, but don't buy this if you're looking for a sing-along album. It is an artist searching, and I admire Tim for doing this, but it's not in any way a commercial album. It is, in my opinion, a risk-taking effort, and one that has few peers. There's way to little of this type of pushing the boundaries going on now-a-days.


Born: February 14, 1947 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

One of the great rock vocalists of the 1960s, Tim Buckley drew from folk, psychedelic rock, and progressive jazz to create a considerable body of adventurous work in his brief lifetime. His multi-octave range was capable of not just astonishing power, but great emotional expressiveness, swooping from sorrowful tenderness to anguished wailing. His restless quest for new territory worked against him commercially: By the time his fans had hooked into his latest album, he was onto something else entirely,...
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