- Audio CD (3 Oct. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: Music Club Deluxe/DMG
- ASIN: B0057EYAO6
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Starsailor: The Anthology Double CD
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tim Buckley (father of the much acclaimed but ultimately doomed Jeff, who of course was to only release the one studio album) started his career as a talented teenage folk singer... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brit Boy
On the back of the box holding the CD there is the statement that the content includes 'folk, sex-funk and a sort of avante-garde jazz'. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jet from Kent
I'd heard so much about Tim Buckley I felt compelled to try his music. I missed out on it at the time...and now I know why. If I'd heard it at the time I would have avoided it! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ricky
some great stuff on this compilation my favourite being sweet surrender from greetings from l a .folky stuff from the early days but the starsailor stuff is not for the faint... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr Michael Tolley
Tim buckley was a wisp of a man- the skinniest guy with this mass of curly hair and trenendous voice. Read morePublished 11 months ago by zero charisma