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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000006X5H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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I see there is a lot of debate about this album from "folk" purists to those who sort of accepted and liked the "funky" side of Tim Buckley. Other reports on the web are normally dismissive of this recording but people give it 5 stars generally on Amazon. Hmmm..

I come at this totally fresh. I have never listened to another Tim Buckley album and don't come at this with any genre bias either. So hopefully this will help you make a choice without all the baggage...

I recently bought the CD due a recommendation from some magazine or another's "Best Ever Albums" lists. I thought I'd give it a whirl. I played it four times in a row, feeling totally and utterly blown away. That does not happen often.

Let's get one thing straight - This record is not funk. This record is something else entirely. It is nothing short of a genius weaving together the sleeze of the Stones, the funk of Sly Stone, the darkness of the Doors, the soul of Wilson Picket, the blues of Floyd Dixon etc al..the list is endless. It is an outrageous show of musical and vocal talent that comes together in lush, multi-layered, fabulous, infectious, top-tapping, life affirming, dirty, bluesy, funky, rock, soul smorgas board.

Sounds unique? Yes. That's because it is almost without comparison. It reminds you of lots of things and of nothing you've ever heard before.

Buy the ticket. Take the ride. Luxuriate in it. This is one very, very special album.
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'Greetings from LA' is a great album- as good & as different to earlier classics 'Happy Sad' & 'Star Sailor'...After the rejection of his avant-garde direction taken from 'Blue Afternoon'/'Lorca', Buckley is seen to be bitter. A part-time taxi driver in a Bukowski-Fante world. A sell-out. Yes, his work post-'Star Sailor' was seen as an ironic response to his critics- "If dumb's what you want...". Though, a similar view was reported of George Lucas following the failure of 'Thx 1138'- and he came up with the masterpiece 'American Graffitti' (and then made children's films about ducks & trade politics!). So, 'Greetings from LA' is lyrically the lowest common denominator: it's about sex, about f***ing.
The music is close to the final statements of any worth made by the Rolling Stones, 'Sticky Fingers' & 'Exile on Main St'. Also, it is not far from the 70's albums of Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye's 'Trouble Man' or Curtis Mayfield's 'Back to the World' or the Baby Huey album or 'Thank you Friends' by Big Star etc...'Move with Me' & 'Get on Top' sound as alive as anything- going off on percussive & vocal tangents that Buckley had explored in his experimental stage. 'Sweet Surrender' is a divine ballad, an ode to sexual exposure, & reminds me of the best Led Zep (III & Physical Graffiti). 'Nighhawkin' is a sleazy tale of Tim's life as an LA taxi driver (possibly a myth)- and the guitars at the conclusion sound like Happy Mondays 'Kinky Afro'! The album continues in this vein, right up to the final track, 'Make it Right', which espouses the joys of sado-masochism!!!!
This is a great album- the ideal party music. The sound of summer & sleaze combined with the LA smog...His last classic & who could reject any album which featured the lines: "gonna beat me, whip me, spank me, oh make it right again"?
Up there with 'On the Beach' & 'Young Americans'- or closer to 'white soul'!
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Recorded nearly 3 years after the startling 'Starsailor' whose lack of commercial sucsess hit Tim hard, he had been fighting bouts of depression and been dabbling in hard drugs since then. For a time he had even worked for 'Sly Stone' as a chauffeur.
So given these circumstances the sheer majesty of 1972's Jerry Golstien produced 'Greetings from LA was startling.
On 'Sweet Surrender' Buckley yelps, moans and screams, stretching out over his massive five and a half octave range he delivers one of the most erotic vocal performances ever, leaving the listener breathless as the final notes fade away. 'Hong Kong Bar' is taken at a more sedate pace but still oozes sex in every note. The scorching 'Get On Top of Me Woman' and 'Move with Me' could not have been sung by anyone else and have the potent fire they possess.
Sadly niether 73's 'Sefronia' and 74's poignantly sad 'Look At The Fool'would touch live up to the awesome promise of 'Greetings From LA'
Highly recomended along with 'Happy / Sad' 'Blue Afternoon' 'Starsailor' & the starl beauty of 'Lorca'
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If you thought that Tim Buckley was only a folky one-trick pony, think again. This album is a heady mix of funk and soul, and he gets up to some of the most dynamic vocal antics of his recording career - particularly on Sweet Surrender, where he pulls out the stops and gives you notes that many classically trained singers would sell their eye-teeth for!
Personally, if you are looking for Buckley's most moving and erotic music, I would seek out a copy of Blue Afternoon. This album is hard to find, but the music is heady in a less obvious way to Greetings from LA. Buckley is sensual rather than outright sexual and the overall result is a deeper reward to a listener's heart and soul. Find it and enjoy.
But Greetings from LA is an amazing ride....
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I've actually owned this album for years but was so shocked that nobody had reviewed it, I thought I'd better remedy the situation. Particularly if there are any Jeff Buckley fans who haven't heard his 'old man' at his down 'n dirty best. Six of the seven songs(the exception being 'Nighthawkin''), lyrically speaking, revolve around sex. Musically, it's much more uptempo and straight forward than the majority of his earlier albums without the slightly naff pop element of the the later ones. 'Move With Me' and 'Get On Top' are bluesy rockers, whilst 'Sweet Surrender' starts more slowly and builds into an absolute classic tale of love gone wrong. 'Nighthawkin' is more blues-rock, then the album takes off in a soul direction with 'Devil Eyes' which makes 'Sexual Healing' sound about as sexy as 'Bob The Builder'. Next up, 'Hong Kong Bar' has a very nice late night live-in-the-studio feel to it, complete with hand claps and a dancer! In time honoured fashion, Buckley saves the best for last; the simply stupendous 'Make It Right' in which he implores his woman to 'beat me, whip me, spank me' over a backdrop of stirring strings. Tim Buckley's vocal range is, as ever, totally incredible and, all in all, this album should be in any serious music fans' collection. Buy it!
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