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Greetings From L.A. Import

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1996 reissue on Warner Brothers of the late singer/songwriter's 1972 live album for the label, recorded in LosAngeles in 1971. Features seven tracks, including 'Move WithMe' and 'Nighthawkin'.
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  • Audio CD (May 31, 1999)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000006X5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 vinyl he located a copy of a Tim Buckley album called Starsailor,an apparently obscure vocally free associative jazz-rock album he recorded in 1970. Did a little research of my own and it turns out that,due in part of his lack of ability to gain success with his more expansive new music he had turned to drugs and alcohol. The result was erratic live performances but,as it were he decided on a new musical direction. Since his music already had adapted strong blues and jazz influences, the next logical step would be funk. It was the beginning of the funk era after all,and artists of many kinds were getting their feet wet in the waters of the new grooves. With a new band including funk musicians such as Joe Falsia,Buddy Helm and noted jazz guitarist Chuck Rainey this follow up to Starsailor epitomized Buckley's early contributions to the funk era.

"Move With Me" and "Night Hawkin" are both two perfect Rolling Stones type soul rockers with extremely strong grooves and some slinky bass/guitar lines. "Get On Top" is a powerful piece of percussive grooving with a strong Latin rock flavor in the rhythms but,of course the bass/guitar and keyboard lines are extremely clean and melodically jazzy. "Sweet Surrender" is an absolute opus.
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