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Greetings from L.A.

Tim BuckleyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B000008DUN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he's gonna mess witcha December 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to know how much of the lyrical material on this disc is parody, and how much reflects Tim Buckley's own descent into a tragicly hedonistic lifestyle. Three pictures on the disc portray Buckley holding and wearing a gas mask, and a post card gives us the low-down on how temperture inversions and the presence of millions of cars combine to make Los Angelas infamous as the smog capital of the world. But is the smog merely an allegory for the trademark emphasis on hedonism that also identifies L.A., and the danger this presents to our well-being? Buckley's death from a heroin overdose three years after the release of this disc points to where his own head was turning at about this time, and perhaps his own awareness of how he was polluting his own life. But how seriously can we take any of this when Buckley closes out the disc singing "Beat me, whip me, spank me, make it right again" as the chorus to 'Make It Right'? Can he be serious? The post card on the cover requests 50 copies of the disc for the Apollo Massage Parlor since it "sounds real great to rub downs". More parody? Actually, it probably would be a great rub-down soundtrack! And on the opener, 'Move With Me', Buckley is seemingly talking about messing with another man's wife, but the chorus intones that he wants to "mess witcha, mess witcha, mess witcha mind". I get the feeling Buckley means to mess with our psyche's more than our drives. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with the blatant sexuality of 'Get On Top', and on 'Devil Eyes' we have "I got so tired of meaningful looks, I got so tired of coming up lame". Perhaps he's hinting at the symbolic, while hitting us with a ton of erotic bricks.

Aside from the question of how messed up Buckley was becoming, little else about the disc is in question.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after all these years July 5, 2003
By "dbbas"
Format:Audio CD
I first discovered this album in the late 1970s and it is still the sexiest I've ever heard. Buckley can take you to a warm place and easily wrap his seductive voice around you as he manipulates your emotions from soft and gentle (Sweet Surrender), through strong and sensual (Move With Me), to rythmic and pounding (Get On Top). No matter how many times I hear this particular album, it never seems to seem out of date.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whodo Voodoo April 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
With proper promotion this could have been a huge commercial success, but then that would have spoiled the arc that Tim was on, uncompromising artistic integrity, and unrivaled talent, unnoticed and all the more powerful without the hype from Tin Pan Alley and the Under Assistant

West Coast Promo Man.

This album just flat out rocks and I wish people would quit comparing it to Jeff; it stands on its own as an authentic piece of soul music uncategorized. Personally, I never met a Buckley album that I didnt like, though some fans are still trapped in the Goodbye and Hello phase.

They have missed a lot of good music in between.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The soul is "grande" May 19, 2004
By Andreas
Format:Audio CD
Sweet Surrender!!! that's the song that got me into bying this album, and what a album! On "move with me" he takes me on a ride in the same vibe as the stones have. "Get on top" equally great with his sex frustrated voice in peak condition. The flow on "Hong Kong Bar" is simulair to the feeling you get from the doors "riders on the storm" and closing Make it right is dramatic as few. There is a few not so brilliant songs but mixed up with these mindblowers that just dosent matter...If you love Jeff then learn to love...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Eroticism from Buckley; a truly mesmerizing album November 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Buckley's ventures into earthy eroticism produce some astounding songs. The mood evokes the mystery and lust surrounding early twentieth century New Orleans, centainly not the ironically titled LA of the 60s. Quite the transformation from the sincere folkie boy of "Tim Buckley"! The opening cut, "Move with Me" is wonderfully bluesy, yet production and female singers distort Buckley's animalistic sensuality. "Get on Top" has to be one of the most erotic songs of the era and certainly is more gritty and passionate than anything his more famous contemporaries would dare to do (Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix). The rest of the album, such as the cut "Nighthawkin" all relate vignettes of the dark and steamy underbelly of life in America. A good choice and a fun departure, yet it is achingly apparent that Buckley's potential to fuse the multiple musical forms he was adept in is lost forever.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Tim Buckley, the best late 60's rock. March 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sweet Surrender is by far the best of Tim Buckley and Tim Buckley is the best of the late 60's.
From 'Nighthawkin' to 'Get on Top' this is one serious rockin album with a lyric that, while often harsh and adult, won't leave you wondering who snuck up behind you with a Sweet&Low enema.
Roll up the good stuff, crack open that fine vintage you been savin', sit back and enjoy. When you get to Sweet Surrender be sure to dance with your woman. You'll be gettin' lucky tonight. (If not, find yourself a new woman).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have CD August 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Greetings from LA is a classic and must have album, not only for the fans of Tim Buckley but also for those who like good music. Although, it's been years since I listened to the LP for the the first times, the melody, the vocals and the greatness of tracks such as Move with me, Sweet surrender, Get on tot and Get it right remain fresch and unique.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What cd
I never got the cd I ordered. I complained over and over and never heard a thing from anyone. I finally did the stupid thing and gave up.
Published 4 months ago by r.d.driver
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This.
This,for me is the song of the early 70's.It was for me a venture into the darker side of my musical self.It's very sexy music and at the same time soulful & a bit goofy.
Published 10 months ago by Nancy Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Unintentionally Excellent Tim Buckley Album
Up until recently I thought of Tim Buckley as a late 60's folk singer primarily. Than a little over a week ago I was in Bull Moose with my father and while looking through the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back...........
although more than 30 years old, it lasts the test of time. recommend to those of the 70's music era
Published 16 months ago by brendan walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Buckley cd review
Old hard to find Tim Buckley music. Was a great gift. Sounds great Order was shipped ontime, received before chirstmas.
Published 22 months ago by durban
5.0 out of 5 stars Greetings From LA
I saw Tim Buckley perform at the Keystone in Palo Alto. Considering I'd seen all the great bands of the late sixties perform, I was very impressed with his ability to use his... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Catlin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Tim Buckley
I loved this Album when I was 16 - so I decided to buy the CD and go down memory lane. I feel that this is the album
Tim was born to record. Read more
Published 23 months ago by lauren j banker
5.0 out of 5 stars I have more than 1000 CDs, this is one of the very best
I first bought this record when it came out and they briefly played "Get On Top" on the radio in Montreal. I loved the track, but this album is so much more. Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by Jim...
2.0 out of 5 stars too raucous
I'm a big fan but this album is a blues reincarnation that doesn't turn me on though those into white blues would? Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by .fgd
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim's Blazin' Best
Despite loving and being inspired by most of Tim's music for over 25 years, I've never been able to embrace the avant-garde self-indulgence (in my opinion) of Starsailor and Lorca. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by SiriusB
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