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Greetings from L.A.

Tim Buckley

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After the dangerous and daring folk/avant-jazz stylings of his previous works, Lorca and Starsailor, Tim Buckley turned to funk and hard rock for Greetings from L.A. taking it upon himself to interpret the rock hero posturing of Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison and Robert Plant and turn it into something else altogether. From the opening confrontation of “Move With Me,” it’s clear that Buckley is up to the task. His vocal gyrations are more fluid than his role models and only a definite backing band prevent this album from becoming a true hard rock tour de force. As it stands, it’s still plenty great. Buckley, in all likelihood, was incapable of turning in anything purely monolithic. He was a man of nuance and his performances always work on multiple levels. “Get On Top” might be the meanest groove he dared contemplate, but it’s hardly all sexual bravado. The tense gait of “Sweet Surrender” adds a sultry mystery. “Nighthawkin’” is the sound of Buckley and a troupe of backup singers turning the bar upside down. It’s a dominant performance throughout.

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Tim Buckley was one of the best singer-songwriters of his day. Unfortunately, his life ended at an early age, before time and exposure could propel him into the mainstream. With little radio play, these gems remain mostly unknown. For those of us from the Woodstock era, Tim is remembered as one of the few artists who bridged the gap between folk and rock music. "Get On Top" is an all-time favorite of mine, and I am happy that I don't have to experience it on vinyl alone anymore. How about releasing his album, "Hello and Goodbye" sometime soon?


I loved Tim Buckley's second album, "Goodbye and Hello," when it first came out, especially its magnetic keystone number, "Pleasant Street." (OK, I date myself - I'm 58.) I remembered him as the finest voice of his era. So when I started browsing iTunes, I looked him up again and discovered "Get on Top" and "Sweet Surrender." The former is a gas, and the multi-octave scat singing ("talking in tongues") breath-taking. As good as it is, Buckley takes the intensity a notch a higher with the next cut. "Sweet Surrender" totally blew me away. It's one of the most powerful music vocals I've ever heard. The sheer intensity of his singing here took me (and maybe it's just me) to as much of a spiritual space as a sensual one, despite, or maybe even because of, the funky sex theme of the album as a whole. "Devil Eyes" and "Hong Kong Bar" are not quite at the level of those two, but they're close, and have more than their fair share of exquisite moods and moments. (And who can argue with the courage of a man who sings lovingly of licking stretch marks and getting his tongue down between the toes?) I could have done without "Nighthawkin'," but I enjoyed "Move With Me" and "Make It Right," even if they don't move me to the extent that "Sweet Surrender" does. The development of his voice as a musical instrument in its own right, peaking on the over-the-edge exploration of his previous album, "Starsailor," is clearly at work to great effect here, too, despite the radical break in styles between the two albums. Even if this is a more "commercial" album, Buckley goes all out. I guess he just couldn't help himself. OK, I admit it, I'm a fan - big-time. But as long as I'm here, I also recommend to the similarly-smitten some excellent Tim Buckley covers: "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain" by his estranged son, Jeff; "Morning Glory" by Steve Katz on the only valuable Blood, Sweat & Tears album, "Child Is Father to the Man"; "Song to the Siren" on Robert Plant's "Dreamland" album, but, even better, by Cocteau Twins on This Mortail Coil's "It'll End in Tears" album - sheer magic! And that's what it's all about, isn't it?

If you like Coltrane, Phil Ochs, Ligeti, Marvin Gaye, Leonard Cohen AND the others...

Buckley is a one of a kind. Intensity, exhibitionism, artistry and an unbelievable voice. This album is sex-funk with many artful twists. Others are folk, jazz, proressive-protest songs...very much worth a try, but listen to excerpts. You will not recognize one album from the next. Buckley is a different artist on each album.


Nacido/a: Washington D.C., 14 de febrero de 1947

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '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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