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Greetings from L.A.
     

Greetings from L.A.

by Tim Buckley
 

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Stepping back from the swooping avant-garde touches of Starsailor for a fairly greasy, funky, honky tonk set of songs, the opening lines of Greetings from L.A. set the tone: "I went down to the meat rack tavern/And I found myself a big ol' healthy girl." Sassy backing vocalists, honking sax, and more add to the atmosphere,

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Stepping back from the swooping avant-garde touches of Starsailor for a fairly greasy, funky, honky tonk set of songs, the opening lines of Greetings from L.A. set the tone: "I went down to the meat rack tavern/And I found myself a big ol' healthy girl." Sassy backing vocalists, honking sax, and more add to the atmosphere, while Tim Buckley himself blends his vocal acrobatics with touches not unfamiliar to fans of Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison. The studio band backing him up might not be the equal to, say, War, but in their own way they do the business; extra touches like the string arrangement on "Sweet Surrender" help all the more. The argument that this was all somehow a compromise or sellout doesn't seem to entirely wash. While no doubt there were commercial pressures at play, given Buckley's constant change from album to album it seems like he simply found something else to try, which he did with gusto. "Get On Top," one of his best numbers, certainly doesn't sound like something aimed for the charts. The music may have a solid groove to it (Kevin Kelly's organ is worth a mention), but Buckley's frank lyrics and improv scatting both show it as him following his own muse.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0075992726122
catalogNumber:
927261
Rank:
31273

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Performance Credits

Tim Buckley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Clydie King   Vocals
Alena   Dancer
Carter Collins   Conductor,Conga
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Joe Falsia   Guitar
Venetta Fields   Vocals
Jerry Goldstein   Percussion
Ed Greene   Drums
Harry Hyams   Viola
Kevin Kelly   Organ,Piano
Louis Kievman   Violin
Robert Konrad   Violin,12-string Guitar
William Kurash   Violin
Paul Norros   Saxophone
Reinie Press   Bass
Ralph Schaeffer   Viola
Eugene Siegel   Saxophone
Lee Underwood   Guitar,Keyboards
Lorna Willard   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stan Agol   Engineer
Joe Falsia   String Arrangements
Jerry Goldstein   Arranger,Producer
Chris Huston   Engineer,Remixing

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