- Vinyl (10 Sept. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: 4menwithbeards
- ASIN: B000P6R9TE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Blue Afternoon [VINYL] Import
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Top Customer Reviews
Blue Afternoon - to a 19 year-old obsessed with Cohen, Dylan, Nick Drake and the like, the title alone was poetry - is a forty-minute sequence of songs so hypnotically melancholy, so contemplative and so timeless that description, let alone criticism, seems superfluous.
Happy Time (a rare single) starts things off in sprightly fashion, Tim`s rich vocal a delight, the song musically upbeat despite a bittersweet lyric. One of Tim`s most perfectly realised songs.
From Chase the Blues Away onwards, till the penultimate Blue Melody, the pace slows as the songs become sadder and bluer. This is surely Buckley`s Kind of Blue - Miles was after all quite an inspiration to the singer. The songs benefit incalculably from Buckley regular Lee Underwood`s sensitive, inventive guitar work and the vibes of jazz player David Friedman (also on previous album Happy Sad).
One or two highlights: `I Must Have Been Blind` is a beautiful song about the difficulties of love & relationships, something Tim knew not a little about. It begins,
Here I am believin` words again,
Here I am tryin` to find your love again,
Here I am down on my knees again
Prayin` for a love that we used to know.
To hold something real, and not believe it,
To live in her life, and never trustin`...
He`s rarely been so tenderly honest.Read more ›
Happy Sad had seen Tim Buckley throw off the shackles of the folk-rock tag and move for awhile into an area of free-form jazz-blues and avant garde exploration. One track in particular, Dream Letter, presages the thematic content and introspection of much of Blue Afternoon. This was his first self-produced album and used the same musicians as on Happy Sad, including Lee Underwood, who had played on all his records, on second guitar and piano, but adding drummer Jimmy Madison.
The whole album is led by Buckley's incredible performances in which his voice becomes an instrument, at one with his own twelve-string guitar accompaniment. The use of exclusively real instruments, subtly amplified to create a spacey feel, adds to the overall mood of languorous melancholy that pervades the record.
Surprisingly, given its overall homogeny, the album consisted of a number of previously unfinished songs, left over from his first three, and, as with Happy Sad, were written by Tim Buckley alone. At the time of release he claimed to have written the songs for Marlene Dietrich, an aspiration he must have acknowledged to be doomed to failure, but which may have been an inspiration in their conception.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The record came well protected all the way from the U.S.A, and rates as one of Tim Buckley`s bestPublished on 28 Mar. 2015 by A. Watson
Beautiful voice, increasingly melancholic mood, dreamy, meandering marimbas & jazz tinged guitar noodlings dancing around his reflective observations on life. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by DaleC