The Best of Tim Buckley

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While there are numerous Tim Buckley compilations, this is the one that tells a real story of restless artist hard at work in pursuit of that slipstream where the Muse resides, album by album -- and this latter point cannot be overstated. Buckley was, in fact, an album-driven artist who saw his work in terms of set pieces rather than collections of songs. The 2001 double-disc Morning Glory was thorough as far as it went; it leaned heavily on songs from his earliest efforts as does this one. Neither Morning Glory or this Best Of gives more than a glimpse of an artist who resisted compiling since he blazed his way through styles and vocal techniques in a short life. In any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While there are numerous Tim Buckley compilations, this is the one that tells a real story of restless artist hard at work in pursuit of that slipstream where the Muse resides, album by album -- and this latter point cannot be overstated. Buckley was, in fact, an album-driven artist who saw his work in terms of set pieces rather than collections of songs. The 2001 double-disc Morning Glory was thorough as far as it went; it leaned heavily on songs from his earliest efforts as does this one. Neither Morning Glory or this Best Of gives more than a glimpse of an artist who resisted compiling since he blazed his way through styles and vocal techniques in a short life. In any case, that double-disc, which contained 33 tracks, might be too much of an introduction with its hefty list price. This one is much more manageable economically. The "best of" Tim Buckley is always going to be debatable, but Bill Inglot's selections are well-placed. There are three cuts from the self-titled debut album including "I Can't See You", and four from Goodbye and Hello "Morning Glory" is among them, as well as an alternate take of "Sing A Song for You." From here the tale goes winding around a rather strange road. The actual studio version of "I Had a Talk With My Woman" from Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca is here there was a live read of the song on the Morning Glory set, as are three from Blue Afternoon "The River" and "Happy Time". Inexplicably, only "Strange Feelin'" is included off the delightfully weird Happy Sad. While "Song to the Siren," has become a defining moment in Buckley's legend since it was covered by This Mortal Coil, there should have been another cut from Starsailor here in addition to it. It gives the wrong impression of an album that is complex, strange, and at times harsh and off-putting it, like Lorca and Greetings From L.A. are also brilliant. At the time of this writing, Starsailor and Blue Afternoon remain out of print on CD. "Dolphins" and "Martha" are here from Sefronia, as is "Move With Me," from Greetings From L.A. which remains in print only as an import, but "Get on Top" or "Sweet Surrender" should have been here as well. Finally, the title track from Look at the Fool, Buckley's final studio album, is here as well. This track offers another view of Buckley as a soul singer. He may have regarded the music as commercial and a sell-out, but there is nothing remotely "accessible" about his sound on this record. As a single disc, this one is as good as it gets despite its shortcomings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227411626
  • Catalog Number: 74116
  • Sales rank: 50,236

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aren't You the Girl (2:05)
  2. 2 Song for Janie (2:46)
  3. 3 I Can't See You (2:42)
  4. 4 Carnival Song (3:12)
  5. 5 Morning Glory (2:52)
  6. 6 Goodbye and Hello (8:40)
  7. 7 Sing a Song for You (5:44)
  8. 8 Once I Was (3:24)
  9. 9 Strange Feelin' (7:38)
  10. 10 I Had a Talk with My Woman (5:59)
  11. 11 Happy Time (3:14)
  12. 12 I Must Have Been Blind (3:45)
  13. 13 The River (5:47)
  14. 14 Song to the Siren (3:28)
  15. 15 Dolphins (3:13)
  16. 16 Martha (3:18)
  17. 17 Move with Me (4:52)
  18. 18 Look at the Fool (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim Buckley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Kalimba, Vibes, Bottleneck Guitar
Van Dyke Parks Celeste, Harpsichord
Don Randi Piano, Harmonium, Harpsichord
King Errisson Conga
David Friedman Vibes
Chuck Rainey Bass, Bass Guitar
Clydie King Vocals
John Balkin Bass
Carter C.C. Collins Percussion, Conga
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Joe Falsia Guitar
Venetta Fields Vocals
Jim Fielder Bass
John Forsha Guitar
Ed Greene Drums
Dave Guard Tambourine, Kalimba
Brian Hartzler Guitar
Kevin Kelly Piano
Billy Mundi Percussion, Drums
Earl Palmer Drums
Bob Rafkin Guitar
Lee Underwood Guitar, Piano
Lorna Willard Vocals
Jerry Yester Organ, Piano, Harmonium
Jimmy Bond Bass
Fast Eddie Hoh Drums
Jimmy Madison Drums
John Miller Bass
Melvoin Pianarpa
Mark Tieman Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Fred Neil Composer
Tim Buckley Composer, Producer
Tom Waits Composer
Herb Cohen Executive Producer
Roger Dollarhide Engineer
Stan Agol Engineer
Bruce Botnick Engineer
Roy Cicala Engineer
Joe Falsia Producer
Jerry Goldstein Composer, Producer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Jac Holzman Producer
Chris Huston Engineer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Dick Kunc Producer, Engineer
Kerry McNabb Engineer
Denny Randell Producer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Zal Yanovsky Producer
Jerry Yester Producer
Larry Beckett Composer
Maria Villar Art Direction
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo
Steve Woolard Annotation
Matthew Specktor Liner Notes
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