Tim Buckley: My Fleeting House
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This is the first-ever collection of rare videos from Tim Buckley's live performances, including thirteen full-length songs. The footage spans his entire career, from 1967 to 1974, and includes unreleased video of interaction with Buckley on The Steve Al
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I won't rave about Tim Buckley, because if you're reading this you're probably already a fan. As for the DVD, just a couple of things:
It's great value for money, with lots of songs and between-song bio banter from Tim's lyricist Larry Beckett, guitarist Lee Underwood and the author of a book about Tim and Jeff Buckley, David Browne, PLUS Beckett and Underwood 'review' the albums.
It looks like a lot of love went into the project, with its booklet of pics, decent transfers and even the sound rendered in fair 5.1 surround.
The one downside is not having a more extensive set of interviewees; as interesting and articulate as the three mentioned participants are, it can get a bit wearying seeing them blather on (sorry guys).
Still, overall, this is just amazing: finally, the best vocalist to ever come out of popular music (and one of the best songwriters) captured properly on DVD. Phew.
Lee Underwood gives us the insight to Tim's musical direction as starting out more folk then later going into more Jazz and Avant-Garde sound. Also if you're a musician you would appreciate Lee's notes of some chords played on a number of songs. Then of course you have the reason of purchasing this DVD is the footage of Tim performing. Since the only footage I ever seen Tim on was The Monkees performing acoustically "Song To The Siren". One of my favorite is "Blue Melody" performed on Bobquivari in '70. There are about 11 in all performances by Tim ranging from '67 to '74. Only thing I would of liked to see is a full performance of "Pleasant Street" and on The Steve Allen Show Tim is talking to Steve Allen but I wonder what song he performed that wasn't included in this DVD.
Extras include album by album review by Beckett & Underwood. Interesting insight as they go through Tim's 9 albums. Beckett also comments on Dream Letter Live in London 1968 that came out in 1990. On the song "The Earth Is Broken" in which part of the song Tim wrote about is Larry being drafted and Beckett never heard of this song until this CD came out. Beckett reading of an unedited "Song To The Siren" poem and "On The Hook" a song he was working on w/ Tim prior to his demise. Also interesting to hear Tim was asked to write a song for the movie Midnight Cowboy but decline because co-writer Larry Beckett was in the service. "Talking About" was later written by one of Tim's favorite musician Fred Neil who wrote "The Dolphin" that Tim covers. The good thing about this DVD is you can play the whole music w/ comments or you can just play the music w/out any interruptions. There isn't much video of Tim Buckley around so this DVD has rare collection of Tim's performances. I doubt we'll see anything else about Tim w/ such passion.
I am proud to say that I purchased "Starsailor" when it very first came out and never saw a copy of it in any collection that I encountered. Now it goes for over two hundred dollars on Ebay.
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