Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

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by Tim Buckley

In his short but prolific recording career, Tim Buckley (who died of a heroin overdose in 1975 at the age of 28) built a highly personal and wholly original body of work. His music's conceptual leaps and stylistic progressions defied career logic but yielded a remarkably rich musical legacy. Beginning as an ambitious but relatively conventional baroque-folkie, Buckley… See more details below


In his short but prolific recording career, Tim Buckley (who died of a heroin overdose in 1975 at the age of 28) built a highly personal and wholly original body of work. His music's conceptual leaps and stylistic progressions defied career logic but yielded a remarkably rich musical legacy. Beginning as an ambitious but relatively conventional baroque-folkie, Buckley grew increasingly more adventurous and eclectic, integrating an audacious array of jazz, rock, and avant-garde influences while twisting his limpid, airy voice into increasingly uncharted areas of phrasing and intonation. Though he never had a Top 40 single or a gold album in his lifetime, today Buckley is justifiably revered as an innovative visionary whose unforgettable voice and singular songwriting vision have been a crucial influence on a host of other artists, from the Monkees (who had the then-unknown singer perform on their network TV show, a recording that makes its first CD appearance on Morning Glory) to Radiohead and Buckley's own singer/songwriter son, the late Jeff Buckley. This sensitively assembled 2-CD, 33-song set does an excellent job of encapsulating Buckley's large and unruly catalogue, encompassing the haunting, impressionistic insights of such early tunes as "Once I Was" and the title track (later covered on the first Blood, Sweat and Tears album); more structurally and verbally ambitious material such as "Song to the Siren" (which became an alternative-rock staple after This Mortal Coil covered it) and "Phantasmagoria in Two"; and the thrillingly out-on-a-limb weirdness of such later work as "Hong Kong Bar" and "Sweet Surrender." The resulting package -- with insightful annotation from journalist Barry Alfonso and longtime Buckley guitarist Lee Underwood -- offers a uniquely compelling overview of the artist's one-of-a-kind genius.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Buckley whizzed through a bunch of different styles in his approximately decade-long career, and was always an album-oriented artist. That makes the assembly of a best-of collection a difficult task to fulfill without omitting much of the context of what made the singer special. Still, Morning Glory does a pretty good job of touching upon highlights of his work, aided by the generous running time, with two CDs and 33 songs that add up to about two-and-a-half hours of music. It does concentrate on his most accessible tunes, drawing most heavily from his earliest albums and shorter songs, pitching in four tracks from late-'60s live recordings that were not released until long after his death. There is nothing at all, in fact, from his least commercial effort, 1970's Lorca (although "I Had a Talk With My Woman" is identified as coming from Lorca in the track list, it in fact is taken from Live at the Troubadour 1969). As is proper, his final albums, in which both his material and voice were in decline, are lightly represented. There's just one previously unreleased track, though it's a goodie: the legendary solo version of "Song to the Siren" that Buckley performed on an episode of The Monkees, with a much sparer arrangement than was used when it was included on 1970's Starsailor, as well as a different lyric.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
When he died in 1975 of a heroin overdose, Tim Buckley left behind nine albums in nine years, all of them commercial duds. Yet it's possible to trace a straight line from Buckley's soul-excavating excursions through the work of Patti Smith, U2, Radiohead and his own estranged son, the late Jeff Buckley.

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Elektra / Wea

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Disc 1

  1. Wings  - Tim Buckley
  2. She Is  - Tim Buckley
  3. Song Slowly Song  - Tim Buckley
  4. It Happens Every Time  - Tim Buckley
  5. Aren't You the Girl  - Tim Buckley
  6. Pleasant Street  - Tim Buckley
  7. Hallucinations  - Tim Buckley
  8. No Man Can Find the War  - Tim Buckley
  9. Once I Was  - Tim Buckley
  10. Morning Glory  - Tim Buckley
  11. Goodbye and Hello  - Tim Buckley
  12. Buzzin' Fly  - Tim Buckley
  13. Strange Feelin'  - Tim Buckley
  14. Sing a Song for You  - Tim Buckley
  15. Phantasmagoria in Two  - Tim Buckley
  16. I've Been Out Walking  - Tim Buckley
  17. Troubador  - Tim Buckley

Disc 2

  1. Happy Time  - Tim Buckley
  2. Chase the Blues Away  - Tim Buckley
  3. I Must Have Been Blind  - Tim Buckley
  4. The River  - Tim Buckley
  5. So Lonely  - Tim Buckley
  6. Blue Melody  - Tim Buckley
  7. I Had a Talk With My Woman  - Tim Buckley
  8. Moulin Rouge  - Tim Buckley
  9. Song to the Siren  - Tim Buckley
  10. Monterey  - Tim Buckley
  11. Sweet Surrender  - Tim Buckley
  12. Hong Kong Bar  - Tim Buckley
  13. Make It Right  - Tim Buckley
  14. Sally Go 'Round the Roses  - Tim Buckley
  15. Who Could Deny You  - Tim Buckley
  16. Song to the Siren  - Tim Buckley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Buckley   Primary Artist,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Kalimba,Slide Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Harpsichord
Steve Khan   Guitar
Don Randi   Piano,Keyboards
King Errisson   Conga
David Friedman   Vibes
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Alena   Dancer
Maury Baker   Drums,Timpani
John Balkin   Bass
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Carter C.C. Collins   Percussion,Conga
Henry Diltz   Harmonica
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Joe Falsia   Guitar
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Jim Fielder   Bass
Jerry Goldstein   Hand Clapping
Ed Greene   Drums
Roy Harte   Drums
Brian Hartzler   Guitar
Buddy Helm   Drums
Jim Hughart   Bass
Harry Hyams   Viola
Kevin Kelly   Piano
Louis Kievman   Violin
Robert Konrad   Violin
William Kurash   Violin
Mike Melvoin   Organ,Piano,Moog Synthesizer
Billy Mundi   Percussion,Drums
Bernie Mysior   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Ray Pohlman   Guitar
Reinie Press   Bass
Ralph Schaeffer   Viola
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Mark Tiernan   Keyboards
Lee Underwood   Guitar
Jerry Yester   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Danny Thompson   Bass
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Jimmy Madison   Drums
John Miller   Bass,Electric Bass
Buzz Gardner   Trumpet
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim Buckley   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   String Arrangements
Herb Cohen   Executive Producer
Micky Dolenz   Introduction
Roger Dollarhide   Engineer
John Barry   Composer
Stan Agol   Engineer
James Austin   Liner Notes
David Blumberg   String Arrangements
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Joe Falsia   String Arrangements
Jerry Goldstein   Producer
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Jac Holzman   Producer
Chris Huston   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Producer,Remastering
Dick Kunc   Producer,Engineer
Kerry McNabb   Engineer
Ted Myers   Discographical Annotation
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Denny Randell   Producer,String Arrangements
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Lee Underwood   Liner Notes
Greg Venable   Engineer
Zal Yanovsky   Producer
Jerry Yester   Producer
Barry Alfonso   Liner Notes
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Cheryl Fugate   Discographical Annotation
David Browne   Session Information
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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