The Best of Tim Buckley

The Best of Tim Buckley

by Tim Buckley


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The Best of Tim Buckley

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 García 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227411626
catalogNumber: 74116
Rank: 84415

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
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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