Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tim Buckley - Goodbye And Hello (us 1967)

Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello (us 1967)

- Tim Buckley / 6-string,12-string, bottleneck guitar, kalimba, vibes
- Lee Underwood / lead guitar
- Brian Hartzler and John Forsha / guitar
- Jimmy Bond and Jim Fielder / bass
- Eddie Hoh / drums- Carter C.C. Collins / congas, percussion
- Dave Guard / kalimba, tambourine
- Don Randi / piano, harmonium, harpsichord
- Jerry Yester / piano, organ, harpsichord

Recording Director: Jerry Yester
Production Supervisor: Jac Holzman
Mixing: Bruce Botnick

01. No Man Can Find the War Beckett, Buckley 2:58
02 Carnival Song Buckley 3:10
03 Pleasant Street Buckley 5:15
04 Hallucinations Beckett, Buckley 4:55
05 I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain Buckley 6:02
06 Once I Was Buckley 3:22
07 Phantasmagoria in Two Buckley 3:29
08 Knight-Errant Beckett, Buckley 2:00
09 Goodbye and Hello Beckett, Buckley 8:38
10 Morning Glory Beckett, Buckley 2:52
Often cited as the ultimate Tim Buckley statement, Goodbye and Hello is indeed a fabulous album, but it's merely one side of Tim Buckley's enormous talent. Recorded in the middle of 1967 (in the afterglow of Sgt. Pepper), this album is clearly inspired by Pepper's exploratory spirit. More often than not, this helps to bring Buckley's awesome musical vision home, but occasionally falters. Not that the album is overrated (it's not), it's just that it is only one side of Buckley. The finest songs on the album were written by him alone, particularly "Once I Was" and "Pleasant Street." Buoyed by Jerry Yester's excellent production, these tracks are easily among the finest example of Buckley's psychedelic/folk vision. A few tracks, namely the title cut and "No Man Can Find the War," were co-written by poet Larry Beckett. While Beckett's lyrics are undoubtedly literate and evocative, they occasionally tend to be too heavy-handed for Buckley. However, this is a minor criticism of an excellent and revolutionary album that was a quantum leap for both Tim Buckley and the audience.
~ (Review by Matthew Greenwald,

Tim Buckley's second album was a far cry from the folk-rock conventions of his 1966 debut, rich in acid-Renaissance trimmings (harpsichord, harmonium) and dominated by the elaborate title suite. Compared to the radical vocal freedom and liquid sadness of Buckley's imminent classics (1969's Happy Sad, 1971's Starsailor), Goodbye and Hello - produced by Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Jerry Yester - was a triumph of form, with Buckley's light tenor voice curling through "Hallucinations" and "Morning Glory" like incense smoke. But Goodbye and Hello was also a deeply personal album, even though Buckley wrote lyrics to only half of the ten songs (he co-wrote the others with Larry Beckett). In the thrilling gallop and stratospheric scat-singing of "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain," Buckley soars in desperate need yet defends the wanderlust that was breaking up his marriage. The song was so important to him - the child in the second verse, "wrapped in bitter tales and heartache," was his then-infant son, Jeff - that Buckley did twenty-three vocal takes, singing live with the studio band.
~ (The 40 Essential Albums of 1967,
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a rock masterpiece. he who has not listen to this doesn't know enough about modern music. This is a must have i strongly believe.