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Starsailor: The Anthology [Double CD]

Tim Buckley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe/DMG
  • ASIN: B0057EYAO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Song To The Siren
2. Morning Glory
3. Once I Was
4. I Can't See You
5. Strange Feelin'
6. Goodbye & Hello
7. Monterey
8. Make It Right
9. Sweet Surrender
10. Buzzin' Fly
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Wings
2. Song Of The Magician
3. Valentine Melody
4. Song Slowly Song
5. Carnival Song
6. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
7. Dream Letter
8. Hallucinations
9. Blue Melody
10. Lorca
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

 Tim Buckley’s work was remarkable for its reach and range, with numerous stylistic shifts, including folk, sex-funk and a sort of vocal avant-garde jazz, during his eight year recording career, from his December 1966 debut to ‘Look At The Fool’, released in November 1974, seven months before his death from an accidental heroin overdose, aged 28.


As for his voice it was a dazzlingly flexible instrument, capable of octave leaps and the sort of daring normally expected of the free jazz giants. This best of charts this fearless artist’s progress from teen folkie to starsailing voyager at the forefront of the radically unusual.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound Quality At Last 7 Oct 2011
By G H
Many Thanks, Rhino and Music Club, I don't know who you got in to do the remastering on this wonderful two disc compilation as the sleeve notes are a bit sparse and they contain a few glaring innaccuracies but the sound quality is superb on every track. It has taken a long time to do this incredible artist justice on the digital front but we are finally getting there. Every song now sounds almost as deep and as high as the vinyl records ever did. Truly spellbinding stuff. Spare ten minutes of your precious time and listen to the remastered 'Lorca', nobody else sings that good, nobody! Now we can look forward to all of the best ever Singer-Songwriter's Music, Tim Buckley of course, to be released on CD, including the 1970 Starsailor Band Concerts and that 1967 Gem 'Lady Give Me Your Key'. Make it soon though, we ain't any of us getting any younger
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think you know it? Think again. 4 Jan 2012
By Runmentionable TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Crikey. I've had Tim Buckley's entire catalogue on vinyl and then CD since the mid-eighties, so on seeing this had been released, I wasn't that excited, as a similar double-CD compilation ("Morning Glory") appeared on Rhino about ten years ago. However, this one looked like a better one-stop shop than the earlier set, making it the optimal (inexpensive, well-selected) choice for in-car entertainment and the like. Convenient, but not especially thrilling.

Then I played it, as said in-car entertainment, for the first time, and it's a miracle I didn't crash the motor right off. "Jaw-dropping" doesn't come close: the sound quality is so much improved, compared to any previous vinyl or CD incarnation I've heard, that it's like hearing the music for the first time. As a result, while "Goodbye and Hello" is as (admirably) preposterous a conceit as ever, the detail and texture of the arrangement is a revelation, while the clarity of tracks from "Lorca" and "Starsailor" is so great it's like they've just emerged from a decades-long fog, and this clarity makes it much easier to work out what Buckley was up to without in anyway diminishing their ambition and daring. And if, like me, you've long suspected that Lee Underwood's lead guitar on "Buzzin' Fly" is the single most rapturously lovely sound in popular music, you won't believe your ears.

Which means that (a) even if you've got all these songs already you owe it to yourself to hear them in these splendid remasters and (b) if you are new to Tim Buckley and looking for a good jumping-on point, look no further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Stuff 15 Nov 2012
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Embarassingly, I'd heard little of Tim Buckley before I read the reviews here, and I'm usually cautious enough to listen to samples before buying. However,the praise was so unanimous and so glowing, I threw caution to the wind, and invested a whole £3 on this superb double album.

As others mention, sound quality is excellent. Given that the tracks here are either late 60's or early 70's, the richness and orginality of the production is up there with the luscious sound world of later Kate Bush material, which is truly astonishing. The bulk of the selections are culled from Buckley's albums, from his 'Debut' in 1966 to 'Greetings from LA' in 1972, with a generous handful of tracks from most albums, especially 'Starsailor', though 'Lorca' only manages two songs.

As soon as the first chords of the lustrous 'Song to the Siren', the first track here, reach your ears, you know you're in for an astonishingly melodic journey, and the sophistication of the songs from 'Debut', which come in a cluster on CD2, is incredible for '66, especially the hesitantly haunting 'Song Slowly Sung'. Although, so far, perhaps my favourite selections are from 'Blue Afternoon', including the magnificent 'Chase the Blues Away', the rich variety of material from 'Starsailor' is jaw-dropping.

It's early days yet for me, and my journey through this wonderfully generous selection (each cd is just shy of 80 mins.) is far from complete. However, I'd just like to express my gratitude to all the reviewers here, who introduced me to a wonderfully ranging, rich voice, and a truly superb collection of warmly melodic, highly original material. Given the price here, you can plunge in safely. Grab this wonderful bargain while it remains at this price (though it would still be a fine bargain at double this), and immerse yourself in the haunting sound-world of this classic anthology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds fantastic 28 Feb 2013
By Anon
Reviewers have commented on the sound quality of this CD and I have to agree, it's hard to believe you're listening to recordings from the late 60s to early 70s, such is the clarity and immediacy of the production. The guitar riff of Monterey just leaps out of the speakers, while Song to the Siren resonates with tremendous depth, and the bluesy arrangements of Strange Feelin', Chase the Blues Away and Blue Melody really shine. But the thing that links together the wide variety of musical styles in this collection is of course Tim Buckley's incredible voice, presented here with such fidelity that you can't help but share the agony of the pleading that ends I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, or the ecstasy of Make It Right, or the tenderness of Once I Was and Dream Letter. And that's before you come to the pyrotechnics of Lorca and the Starsailor tracks... I fear it'll be a long time before I hear another collection of songs that I rate as highly as these.

The track ordering works well musically, but is rather random chronologically, so it can be difficult to follow the arc of Buckley's career, though you can always resequence the tracks through a playlist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ill fated but some great songs left for us to enjoy.
Published 4 days ago by Raymond O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 2 months ago by Mr M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubish
Starsailor ? I think that the quality of the music shows that he must have been high when he recorded this. Not good, not even mediocre I shan't be listening to this again.
Published 9 months ago by MR.B
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!
Amazing. So many tracks I was unfamiliar with, and love. What a voice! A great collection, beautifully reproduced. I wish the packing contained lyrics too.
Published 11 months ago by D. P. F. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive best of Tim Buckley?
Strangelyn there aare two double albums available, both claiming to be the best of Tim. In a way thats true, Morning Glory tends towards highlighting his early folk and later rock... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Martin J. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
My only knowledge of Tim Buckley prior to this was his son, and This Mortal Coil's cover of Song to the Siren. Read more
Published 19 months ago by pathetichindsight
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Buckley The Antholgy 2CD
Absolute Bargain. This is a really must have 2CD set. The Mastering is superb and shows what CD can do when care and attention is applied to the mastering 2 thumbs up for this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ACIDMOTHER
4.0 out of 5 stars Historic value
This is a vital part of any serious modern music collection . This serious talent who had/has a very visible influence on the folk and folkrock scene over many years is shown up... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rennie MacIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Starsailor: The Anthology
Love it. New to tim Buckley's music but am so glad I have this cd in my collection. I love the diversity and the musicality, but cannot comment on it further.
Published 21 months ago by NikkiS
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing voice!
worth every penny...magical...buy it..for three pound you can't go wrong...I only just discovered him and will buy more of him...real music
Published 22 months ago by tantilizingtrip
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