Live At the Troubadour 1969

Live At the Troubadour 1969

Tim Buckley died at the age of 28, leaving behind a substantial amount of challenging studio work. Many years after his death, the live recordings and studio outtakes began to surface, allowing fans the chance to better understand Buckley's creative process and to hear how his music was affected by its supporting players. This 1969 performance features material from his Blue Afternoon and Lorca period and features Buckley's key instrumental foils — guitarist Lee Underwood and conga player Carter Collins. With a small ensemble keyed intuitively to his improvisational instincts, Buckley is able to stretch the songs to the breaking point, indulge his multi-octave voice, and inject a very strong sense of the moment. The music was already becoming quite avant-garde and there's an undeniable spookiness to the performances. "Venice Mating Call," is subtitled "All We Are Saying is Give Smack a Chance." "Driftin'," "Strange Feelin’,'" and the fourteen-minute "Gypsy Woman" feature relentless emotive intensity as well as exemplary instrumental jams that are unlike much of the "jam" music of the era.

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