- Audio CD (July 10, 1989)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Elektra / Ada
- ASIN: B000005IU0
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The album features a small ensemble, several of whom would remain the core of Buckley's band for several years to come. Subdued electric guitar, bass, vibes, marimba and percussion surrounded Tim's trademark 12-string and his incredibly capable soaring voice. The first two tracks, 'Strange feelin' and 'Buzzin' fly' draw the listener in gently but firmly as Tim weaves his spell, the rhythms gently swaying, the tunes melodic and memorable. The third track, 'Love from room 109 at the Islander', is much more dreamlike in mood and tone, more freeform in style -- but again, Tim's art is magnetic.Read more ›
This was not the first of Tim's albums that I bought--that honor goes to "Dream Letter: Live in London, 1968," which stands as one of the best all-time live albums ever released and as a testament to what an underrecognized talent Tim was. Four of the tracks from "Happy Sad" appeared in shimmering, beautiful live versions on "Dream Letter," which prompted me to seek out "Happy Sad" on CD. And what a find: "Buzzin' Fly" speaks of warm memories of love ("Walkin' hand in hand/Along the sand/The seabird knew your name...") and regret for having lost it ("Ah, but sometimes, honey, in the morning/I miss you so/That's how I know I've found a home..."); in "Dream Letter," he wonders about his young son and what sort of man he'll become; in "Love from Room 109 at the Islander (on Pacific Coast Highway)," he sets down a long and dreamy elegy wherein you can almost picture him sitting on a porch overlooking the beach as the tide rolls in.
Note about "Love from Room 109": In a piece on Tim's life and career in the December 1991 issue of Musician magazine, Jerry Yester (the producer of this album and "Goodbye and Hello") tells of how the surf effect came to be used as part of the backing track. It seems the sound engineer somehow forgot to turn on the Dolby NR mechanism before committing "Love from Room 109" to tape, and consequently, there is audible tape hiss.Read more ›
What a pity that Blue Afternoon and Starsailor is out of print now. Try "Lorca" if you like something more experimental.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first experience with Tim Buckley is Happy Sad. Let's listen!
What the! I was expecting a country/folk album but "Strange Feeling" opens with vibraphones, a... Read more
Memories, I saw tim buckley in concert. He did the music from this album and more that night. It's hard to pigeonhole his music.Is it Jazz? Some of it, kinda. Read morePublished 15 months ago by james
1969 WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR ,2 YOUNG LADIES TURNED ME ON TO THIS (THEY CLAIMED YOU HAD TO SLEEP WITH TIM ,TO BE IN HIS FAN CLUB ) MUST BE A WEST COAST THING....... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John S. Steele
I am open to most music, however, generally my preference is strongest for Hip-Hop and/or R&B. I believe that for everyone, there are certain works of art that transcend themselves... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Frank Contreras
Timmy's voice is an incredible instrument. Just a tragedy that he died so young, and then to have Jeff also die young is a sad irony.Published on January 10, 2014 by Tom
There isn't a bad song or a bad note on this album. Some of Tim's later albums left me scratching my head, but his 2nd thru 4th albums were his best in my opinion. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Jon Mcauliffe
Happy Sad is a great look at Buckley's influences and progressive nature. A logical next step from Goodbye and Hello without getting lost along the way. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Austin Haynes