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Happy Sad

Tim Buckley

1969

Happy Sad

Album Summary

Happy Sad is the third album by American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, released in April 1969. It was recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California and was produced by former Lovin' Spoonful members Zal Yanovsky and, coincidentally, his subsequent replacement Jerry Yester. It marked the beginning of Buckley's experimental period, as it incorporated elements of jazz that he had never used before. Many of the songs here represent a departure from the binary form that dominated much of his previous work. The sound of the album is characterized by David Friedman's vibraphone, an instrument which gives the album a more relaxed tone than Buckley's earlier work. The songs are much longer than on previous releases and this style continued through to later works. The vocals on the album are more drawn out than earlier performances and this represents the beginning of Buckley using his voice like an instrument. The lyrics on Happy Sad represent a change as Buckley stopped working with Larry Beckett, his lyricist on the two previous albums Tim Buckley and Goodbye and Hello, and began writing the lyrics himself. Buckley's self-penned efforts stand in contrast to Beckett's occasionally political and literary-style work. Buckley would also go on to author all his own material on the following two albums.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

4688

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

I was gonna make a joke, but holy cr*p, it's actually Jeff Buckley's dad. I've never heard of this guy, but I was immediately excited by how few tracks were on here. These are long songs, with time for Tim and his audience to settle into the tunes together. I really like this, "happy sad" is spot on. The instrumentals sound bright due to what I think is the vibraphone - I'm getting that from wikipedia. The production is meandering and jazzy, while his lyrics and vocals are much more melancholy. "Gypsy Woman" is a nice shot of adrenaline too. I really don't have any complaints with this one, I think it's really cohesive and ruminative in all the right ways. Sign me up for more from Buckley, Sr. Favorite tracks: Buzzin' Fly, Gypsy Woman, Love from Room 109, Dream Letter. Album art: Just a simple headshot (or HS for those of us in showbiz, gracias amigas) but It's a good shot. More sad than happy but I like the angle and everything. Very cool. 4.5/5

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Wed May 25 2022
1

That's boring. You're boring everybody. Quit Boring Everyone.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I couldn’t quite place it but this album sounded so familiar at times. It was just different enough to have its own personality and overall enjoyed it throughout. Saved gypsy woman as a favorite for future listens

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

This album was interesting. It reminded me a bit of Gary Burton (with Chick Corea) but that was most likely just because of the vibraphone. I liked the album more as it went on and thought the opening track was the weakest. It's quite laid back and it certainly doesn't demand attention in the way some other albums do. That being said there is a lot of variety between slow ballads like Dream Letter and much more upbeat folk-rock songs like Gypsy Woman. I didn't get the chance to listen to the album all the way through twice but I would like to come back to it. Favorite Songs: Buzzin' Fly, Love from Room 109 at the Islander (On Pacific Coast Highway), Dream Letter, Gypsy Woman, Sing a Song for You Least Favorite Song: Strange Feelin' Strong 8/10

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Psychedelic-Folk crossed with Jazz Fusion is a combination of genres that I did not expect to see together. And I gotta say it's pretty enjoyable. I normally have a tendency to complain about albums having an excess of long songs. But I think it is something that both Tim and Jeff Buckley manage to do very well. "Love from Room 109 at the Islander (On Pacific Coast Highway)" Has as many words to the title as it does minutes in the song, but it was a great song to just sit there and vibe out to. "Dream Letter" is similarly wonderful to vibe to. "Gypsy Woman" is where it gets more experimental and feels like too long of a song. It isn't a bad song, but it's just not for me. Happy Sad is basically how I describe my personal musical style of both what I make and what I listen to. So this album resonates with me very well.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
1

Tim Suckley

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Wed May 04 2022
1

In high school, I had a crush on a girl. She had long since decided we should only be friends. I had my head buried deep in the self-absorbed teenage sands and I was unfoundedly convinced that the time for our true relationship was imminent. You would've thought I'd have known better, given she already had a boyfriend. One day, she asked me to drive her to boyfriend's house, to which I agreed because ... of course I wanted to hang out with her! We got there and the plan somehow turned into the three of us hanging out in my car, in the dude's driveway. They chatted and cuddled while I strummed my guitar. In hindsight, I'm sure there were numerous clear signals that I should have gone for a walk or something, but as I said I was oblivious. In fact, as the plan went on, I became progressively convinced that I had been invited along because somewhere deep down inside she wanted to leave this guy and be with me. The masterstroke of my subterfuge, most certainly, would be my musical prowess. In reality, I was shit at playing the guitar and the main reason I was there is primarily because I had a car. I feel like Tim Buckley and young me, were on a similar wavelength.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

I suppose it was ok. It probably helped lots of people get laid in the early 70s.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Jeff Buckley is an artist whose voice I appreciate quite a lot, but I only recently found out he was not the first in his family with a significant reputation in the music world. On this record, the first track does not inspire the same confidence in me. I find the instrumentals on it (Strange Feelin') to be very confusing, not fitting with the lyrics or tone of the song at all. This same feeling continues in the rest of this record, I find it mostly too slow, with mismatched sounds and weird choices in song length, and uninspiring. I can appreciate the vocal quality and theme, but it is not something I would find myself listening to with enthusiasm in the near future. Overall score, 2/5.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
5

This one is amazing!

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Amazing

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Great sound. Very surprising

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

It got better with each song !! I wasn't super into it during the first two songs but when I listened to Dream Letter I was transported to a different place while I was washing dishes. I was at a farm at night and the more I listened the different I felt and the more I imagined !! The song just kept painting different pictures in my mind and it was very interesting to see what my mind would come up with at different points during the song. Dream Letter and Love from Room 109 were my favorites and I really liked Gypsy Woman and Buzzin' Fly. Cool experience genuinely because it's been a bit since a song has made me imagine 20 different things in the span of five minutes.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

The lyrics and vocals on this album are incredibly gorgeous ;-;

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

this is so pretty. listening to this was a whole experience. amazed.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

pretty wonderful

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Endlessly relaxed jazz infused singersongwriting. Songs ebb and flow creating his own magical world

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Where has this been all my life? Astral Weeks via Kind of Blue, Stevie Wonder's Visions and Eddie Vedder. Not what I was expecting at all. Love it.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

This album is like a warm bath to my soul; I just feel good when I listen to it. I feel my mind being transported to another time and place I’ve never been and it’s intoxicating. Tragic story Tim Buckley has… fantastic album.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

What a gorgeous album, what a beautiful man. This is folk pop but the instrumentals are syncopated and idiosyncratic, jazzy really. Together with Tim's extraordinary expressive powers, both lyrical and vocal, the effect is poignant, magical. "Happy Sad" is exactly right -- like the album cover, the tones are warm and the songs express earnest wistfulness in the best folk tradition. Buzzin' Fly made my heart feel tighter and lighter at the same time. The mood and sound remind me of Nick Drake (with the exception of Gypsy Woman which is interesting and well executed but seems misplaced here). Clearly something special was happening in pop music in the years 1968-69.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

This is really a great album and, at the same time, such an unassuming one. Except for the last song, which is concise and more straightforward (but nevertheless a gem), this album doesn't try to win you over with catchy melody, unique chord progressions or instrumental pyrotechnics. Rather, it is mood music of the best kind, creating its own sense of atmosphere, almost existing in its own world and letting you stay in it from the beginning to the end. It's also one of the best albums to listen to while taking a bath or shower.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

This is the Tim Buckley I can get down with. Love the jazz fusion with the vibraphone. Got a vibe that I can only compare to Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" (but I like this even better). Soul searching jams to get lost in.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

A beautiful talent.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Lived up to its title

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Cool and chill

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Lässt mich irgendwie an die Kugelbahn denken. Würde irgendwie zueinander passen. Ansonsten mag ich die Unterschiedlichkeit in den Songs - mit den Geräuschen und Instrumenten aber dass sie dann doch wieder ähnlich sind und zusammenpassen - das jazzige halt.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

First off, the album cover is hilariously ridiculous. Make it black&white and it could be the profile picture of that one edgy emo kid in high school. That aside, the music is pretty good. Nice voice, relaxing instrumentation. It sounds more like background-lounge music, however, without any exciting songs/parts. Really pleasant for working though.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Didn’t know Tim Buckley and it’s very good.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Šta reći o ovom krasnom albumu? Nijedna pjesma nije loša, a instrumentali su milina. Glas mu je odličan, i varira iz pjesme u pjesmu, hoćeš od tihog do gubljenja glasa što se dere iz petnih žila. Poslušah par puta ovo i jednostavno je divan. Žao mi je što se ne mogu bolje izraziti, ali šta je tu je.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Es un poco música que escucharía en los menús del Sims 1. Diez minutos para una canción pues demasiao' en mi opinión

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

a little too mellow for my taste, but wow most of that album was fantastic. i love the vocals tim brings and the feel of songs like dream letter and gypsy woman. only reason it isnt a 5 is because of the third song which was good but maybe too soft and dragged on. good album though!! very very good

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Good stuff. Unique. Great song writing.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

I do love Tim Buckley's voice and style. It was a lovely album to listen to on a hot and sunny day.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Ho ascoltato questo disco due volte e mi ha lasciato entrambe le volte un'ottima impressione. Ho apprezzato l'uso del linguaggio jazz e del vibrafono che rendono questo disco quasi sospeso e psichedelico.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

This is a really great album, I'm annoyed it took me this long to listen to it.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

When I went to look up this album, I was startled at how many albums there were from Tim Buckley. Then as I listened to “happy sad” I started to realize what an insignificant speck I was in the world of music for never even having heard of him. As “Strange Feelin’” got going I thought ‘train song.’ As it chugged along Tim Buckley added his mournful, voice like a lonely train whistle. I loved the kind of noodly-jazz feel. “Buzzin’ Fly” is also fantastic. More vibraphones and marimbas?! Oh yes, I think this can work for me. The lyrics are beautiful. Tim Buckley’ vocals are incredible. Really great song! “Love From Room 109 At The Islander (On Pacific Coast Highway)” certainly sounds like it was written in a specific moment. This is the kind of song that one wishes someone would write about an event in their life. As I sat with my wine listening to the guitar solo I was suddenly in a dark hotel lounge in 1969… this song is long and meanders quite a lot. By the end I felt I had moved from the lounge into a concert hall. “Dream Letter” features a lot of cello/vibraphone/marimba and more melancholic lyrics. Really would like to be watching this performed live. Preferably with a cocktail in hand… “Gypsy Woman” introduces some interesting percussion and plays a lot with the tempo. I loved the slow build of the guitars from quit to frenetic. As the song comes together it becomes a mesmerizing chant. My favorite song on the album! “Sing A Song For You” and it’s poetic, (bitter?)sweet lyrics is arguably the most “conventional” song on the album. Lovely. “happy sad” pulls you back in time into its shmoozy, warm, dimly lit world. There are some very strong jazz currents that toy with other genres. The cellos, guitars and Tim Buckley’s vocals add heavy doses of pop, rock and the symphony that makes this album something else. It isn’t ‘music for all occasions,’ but the occasions it is for are ones I’d enjoy attending once in a while. Yet another new listening experience that I am glad to have.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Sweet and mellow, folksy and jazzy, double bass and marimbas, lovely melodies and a mournful voice. Side A was perfect for my state of mind on a lazy gray autumn Sunday afternoon. Side B's Gypsy Woman (title=ugh) went on way too long for me. Was grateful when that one was over. But overall, I really enjoyed this. Will look for more of him.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

It's a good thing I love the vibraphone so much. I truly loved this album, although I could easily imagine listening to it on the wrong day and not appreciating it. It walks an edge, as does anything an artist tries out of the ordinary. I was trying to figure out what genre this album would be classified under, and saw that Apple Music labels it "Pop." Hmmm. I really liked Tim Buckley's voice and I truly loved the instrumentation. Not many pop albums combine vibraphone, acoustic and electric guitar, congas, string bass, and marimba. I loved the effect. Long tracks can be a killer for me. Luckily these created moods I wanted to be in. "Gypsy Woman" may have tested that a bit, but I really got into it the second time through.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

True Rating: 80/100

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

To be honest, when I saw this on my timeline, I was frustrated there was another late 60s album. But when I payed attention to the Wikipedia page, I was intrigued to find out how Jim Buckley's dad sounds like. Happy Sad was a suprise pleasure to listen to. It's very tender acoustic jazz. Definitely a repeat listen and despite some songs being a tad too long, a worthy album for this list and reminds me why I signed up for this generator in the first place.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Immediately likes it and wondered why I hadn't listened to it before. Will listen again for sure and cherry pick

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Àlbum interessant de Tim buckley, on començava a deixar de banda el folk més canònic per investigar l'experimentació a través del jazz i la psicodèlia, noves estructures més complexes i instruments tan encisadors com el vibràfon. Un àlbum inspirat i inspirador.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Folk mixed with psychodelic, liked it and wanted to applaud the thinking outside the box mentality here

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

A pleasant listening experience

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Very sweet. Good feels.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Just a real good vibe

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

I really enjoyed the vibe of this music and the tone of his voice. Buzzin' Fly was a stand out for me and one that I'll have to add to my own mix of music!

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

I really liked this album. Tim Buckley is one of those artists who is a little hard to classify, but really fascinating musically. His music is always engaging and somewhat off the wall, which I appreciate. It’s like folk-rock with strong jazz vibes and a splash of the psychedelic/experimental. The songs are warm, rambling, laid back and sensual. Buckley has a rich, soulful voice, augmented by some unusual but elegant arrangements. Lee Underwood's resonant, free-ranging guitar works beautifully in concert with the jazzy feel of the marimba and vibraphone. The resulting sound is very much of that time, but it also stands out as something quite unique. Fave Songs: Buzzin' Fly, Love from Room 109, Strange Feelin', Gypsy Woman

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

It grew on me, it closes amazingly, wasn’t expecting Sing A song For You, but I’ve loved that song ever since I was a bootleg downloading teenager.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Happy sad indeed. Melancholy, wistful jams, sounding beautiful alongside Buckley’s charming voice.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Buckley’s jazz-folk fusion is always fascinating, and it shines on this album. Some tracks drag a bit, but songs like Dream Letter and Buzzin’ Fly show why Buckley was such a brilliant songwriter.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Father of Jeff Buckley, Tim shows exactly how good songwriting runs in the family. Happy Sad bathes in this warm atmosphere, built out of vibraphone and acoustic guitar, along with a few others to round out the sound. It gets a little weird at times but that gives it more flavor than anything. Anyway this is great. More Buckley, please

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Smooth late 60s.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

A bit less caterwauling on this jazz/folk album than normal. The songs are like hippy jams and meanderings. Great if you like that sort of thing. Best Tracks: Strange Feelin'; Buzzin' Fly; Dream Letter

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

No i kolejny raz lista okazuje sie serwowac cos o czym slyszalem wczesniej w tym tygodniu i mialem sprawdzic, przypadek, nie sadze, wiec drugie podejscie do pana Buckleya, dodatkowo chronologia dyskografii zostala zachowana, bo happy sad jest kolejnym krazkiem po goodbye and hello z roku 68, a jednak troche sie zmienilo, przede wszystkim od strony stylistycznej, bo slychac odejscie od folkowej psychodelii na rzecz jazzowego rokowania, co dziwne nie powiekszyl sie dramatycznie cast muzykow sesyjnych przy tym posunieciu, o co bylbym gotow posadzic producentow plyty, ktorzy sie nie zmienii, zmienil sie natomiast udzial w kompozycjach pana Tima, ktory tym razem tworzy calkowicie solowo bez pomocy pana Becketta, co przelozylo sie na mniej popowe kompozycje, bo na 44 minutach zamkniete jest 6 kawalkow o roznej dlugosci od 12 do 2 minut, wiec kawalki staja sie prawdziwymi balladami jesli maja tyle czasu na prezentacje, co do samej prezentacji kolejny raz nie zawiodlem sie na wokalnych zdolnosciach Bucklejowych, ktore byly czyms co najbardziej przyciagalo uwage podczas odsluchu pierwszego albumu, tutaj jest podobnie, ale inaczej, bo te dluzsze traki jak 12 minutyowy gypsy woman pokazuja inna strone jego wokalu, gdy zmienia sie wielokrotnie w ciagu jednego utworu zarowno przez zmiane ekspresji jak i odleglosci od majka lub innych zabiegow producenckich, bo calosc jest niesamowiscie gladka, wiec pan Holzman przypilnowal kogo trzeba przy masteringu, z muzykow tworzacych instrumental najbardziej wyroznia sie pan David Friedman, ktory byl odpowiedzialny za perkusje, ale jako jest to krazek praktycznie jazzowy, to nie moglo zabraknac afrykanskich marimbow czy wibrafonow, zazwyczaj to on buduje glowna melodie, a gitarki i basy czy bongosy sa jedynie dodatkami, jestem ciekawy efektu wykorzystanego na love from room 109 at the islander, ktory sampluje dzwieki fal czy morza uderzajacego o plaze lub skaly, troche charcza sluchawy przy niektorych uderzeniach, ale jak dla mnie ten traczek jest najbardziej klimatyczna kompozycja calej plyty, wiec bedzie plejkowym pickiem, razem z buzzin fly, dwa kawalki rozne, ale jednak interesujace na swoj wlasny sposob, happy sad zaliczony i wreszcie mozna zastapic czyms w pamieci ten zwrot, bo wczesniej kojarzyl mi sie jedynie z polska scena punkowa

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Bonito e muito triste, não conhecia e gostei. Melhor música: Buzzin' Fly

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

I can definitely hear Buckley's use of his voice as an instrument, like Robert Plant without the wailing. Lovely use of vibraphone and guitars. Great energy, vibraphone and yelling in Gypsy Woman. Like Jim Morrison. Must listen again.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Timbre of the vocals. Wonderful

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

The beginning of this album really wowed me but I felt like it started to drag towards the middle. It feels like a worse version of Astral Weeks which still makes for a pretty good album. I hear David Crosby and his son in is voice and it was interesting to get this one so close to that one. I do like the ambition of the jamming and longer songs so I have to give this one a 4.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

His voice makes me think of Jim Morrison; just a little less gruff. I really like the acoustic guitar (I assume it's acoustic) work throughout this entire record, but especially on Buzzin' Fly and Gypsy Woman.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Surprisingly varied

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Happy Sad. That's one way to put it. Another devastating shooting at an elementary school yesterday, and today I send my kids to school for their last day of the year. Happy Sad.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

4.25

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Great vocal range and musicianship. Very unobtrusive and easy to listen to.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

I'm more familiar with his son, Jeff, but this was excellent. Talent and tragedy seems to run in the family!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Good rock album with some psychedelia and jazz elements. Never heard of Tim Buckley before and I was surprised that he's the father to Jeff Buckley.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Heel verfrissend. Deed mij denken aan nick drake, Jackson C. Clark, misschien The Doors zelf een beetje.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Never heard of him before and immediately googled if he was related to Jeff Buckley (it's his deadbeat dad). Although some songs are really long, i enjoyed most of them. Really like Tim's drawn out vocals and incorporation of jazz. 8/10

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Algjör haustplata. Svipaður fílingur og í flestu hjá Nick Drake og John Martyn. Elskidda!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Soulful and sad. Perfect for my mood today. Happy blues? Especially love the vibraphone.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I'm surprised this one is rated so low. Absolutely gorgeous instrumentation throughout with the heavy use of vibraphone, and Buckley's vocals are just so impressive

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

This was chill!

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Beautiful, but perhaps just a bit too introspectively maudlin

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Hauntingly beautiful

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

"Happy Sad" is the third album from American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley. The album was produced by former Lovin' Spoonful members Zal Yanovsky and Jerry Yester and began Buckley's more experimental phase of his career incorporating more jazz elements and changing his song structure. He also wrote all the lyrics himself which was a change. The music is classified as pyschedelic jazz and jazz fusion. For this album, I also toss in jam band. Quite a variety and quite an interesting listen. The album-prominent vibraphone starts "Strange Feelin'." The song was inspired by Miles Davis' "All Blues." We have a bluesy-pyschedelic electric guitar. A vibraphone jam. Buckley has a great voice and here he starts to croon and use almost as an instrument. "Buzzin Fly" was written earlier and with the electric guitar fits perfectly in the pyschedelic folk category. A more pop-song structure. He comes and goes as a bee but he misses her. And then we come to the nearly 11-minute long "Love From Room 109 at the Islander (On Pacific Coast Highway)" with the underlying ocean noise overdubs. Much slower. Very, very jazzy. A song about loneliness and missing someone. The second side also has just three songs. "Dream Letter" continues in the jazz vein and the pace almost comes to a standstill. An apologetic ode to his ex-wife and son Jeff. Things get really interesting in "Gypsy Woman" which essentially is a jam-band song. More funky. Loud and somewhat annoying percussion. Groovy double bass. Buckley sounds like he's singing in a bathroom. Hey, I need my bead door curtains back. The last song "Sing a Song for You" showcases the very gifted and strong voice of Tim Buckley. More a ballad. He's got his demons which she can't handle so just sing her a song. This was my first listen Tim Buckley, believe it or not. I like his son Jeff's music a lot. I liked this too and know there's a few more of his albums coming. Good. Recommended for anyone interested in a combination of folk, jazz, jam band and pyschedelic music. That's most of you? Right? Right!

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Thu Dec 31 2020
3

Low 3

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Wed Nov 11 2020
3

Why did I need to listen to this?

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Wed Nov 18 2020
3

Interesting sounds. Never listed to before

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Wed Dec 09 2020
3

druga pjesma naj

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Mellow, long, calming music.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

It was good

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

A really peaceful listen. Enjoyed the vibes.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

Very mellow and jangly but also very good. First time hearing it!

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Not great, but interesting. If Van Morrison and Dan Hicks got blasted together and made a record, I imagine it would sound something like this.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

I knew of "Sing a Song for You" which is really nice, the rest is not bad but not exactly what I would be looking for. I think you could make an argument for 4* or above, but for my enjoyment just a 3.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Happy, sad, indifferent.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Sounds like it influenced Led Zeppelin, couple fun songs

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

I liked the jazziness of this record, I still just don't like his voice unfortunately.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Ok but not my thing

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

eh

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Decent jazzy folk rock. It's certainly technically competent and I'm sure somebody thinks this album is amazing, but I'm just not into folk music.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

1969, Folk jazz, psychedelic folk, nur 6 Lieder aber 44min

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Great vocalist from the 60s

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Hmmmm interessante mas não muito

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

I didn't get this album. It's like too much experimental, but not....3 stars because it's a cool thing to discover another artist that I didn't before this site.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

For a while, I thought this was Jeff Buckley but these are two different fellas. This guy loves really long songs and moaning which isn't a bad thing. I especially enjoyed Gypsy Woman but I found myself skipping the other songs when he started talking. The music itself was really good but I just wasn't a fan of his vocals.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

It's not bad nor good, just long and dull. Perfect if you have insomnia (and his voice is nice).

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

It was alright

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Thu May 20 2021
3

It was cool for what it was, but really run of the mill early 70's psych rock. It wasn't genre defining and he stayed in his box the entire album. Couple of points where he really let loose and it came across well, but few and far apart.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

meh

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Fri May 14 2021
3

estuvo bien pero no está en spotify he tenido que escucharlo en youtube asI que muy mal eso

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Loved Gypsy Woman, the rest of the songs were nice, but overlookable

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Nicer than I had initially expected it to be- reminded me a lot of the singer-songwriter stuff my parents loved growing up and would be a nice album to listen to on the road or on a lazy afternoon.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Happy Sad is the third album by American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, released in April 1969. It was recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California and was produced by former Lovin' Spoonful members Zal Yanovsky and, coincidentally, his subsequent replacement Jerry Yester. It marked the beginning of Buckley's experimental period, as it incorporated elements of jazz that he had never used before. Many of the songs here represent a departure from the binary form that dominated much of his previous work. The sound of the album is characterized by David Friedman's vibraphone, an instrument which gives the album a more relaxed tone than Buckley's earlier work. The songs are much longer than on previous releases and this style continued through to later works. The vocals on the album are more drawn out than earlier performances and this represents the beginning of Buckley using his voice like an instrument. The lyrics on Happy Sad represent a change as Buckley stopped working with Larry Beckett, his lyricist on the two previous albums Tim Buckley and Goodbye and Hello, and began writing the lyrics himself. Buckley's self-penned efforts stand in contrast to Beckett's occasionally political and literary-style work.[3] Buckley would also go on to author all his own material on the following two albums. The first track, "Strange Feelin", was directly inspired by Miles Davis' "All Blues" from Kind of Blue, and the melody of the song is directly taken from the song. The third track, "Love from Room 109 at the Islander (On Pacific Coast Highway)", is a song composed of various movements and this represents the second time Buckley wrote in this manner, his previous effort being the title track of Goodbye and Hello. The segments of the song were written separately as "Danang" and "Asbury Park", as demonstrated on the later released demo sessions, The Dream Belongs to Me: Rare and Unreleased 1968 - 1973. The final version of the song is backed by an 'ocean' sound effect, however this was not originally intended to feature on the song. Buckley and the band were happy with the take of song but because of a recording problem the track had a slight electric buzzing in the background. The producer solved this by muffling the buzzing with the ocean overdub.[4] "Dream Letter" is as an ode and apology to his ex-wife, Mary Guibert, and his son Jeff Buckley.[3] This is the second song Buckley wrote about the pair, the first being "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain" on his previous LP, Goodbye and Hello. In comparison to that song "Dream Letter" has a more apologetic tone, the lyrics reveal this with Buckley lamenting "Does he ever ask about me?" . It would be over five years later that Buckley would meet with his son again.[5] The name of the song would later be used for a live album: posthumous release Dream Letter: Live in London 1968. The concert features much of the same personnel from the Happy Sad.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

I liked this better than the last Tim Buckley album. Made for good slow jams on a morning bike commute.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Wow, what a lullaby. Very sleepy, lazy even. Not much really drawing me back though.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

A good sound that gets a little long-winded and sleepy by the end of it. The first track is literally just All Blues but folk lmao. I can definitely hear a little influence on his son.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

September 7, 2021 OK but mostly too progressive and slow. "Gypsy Woman" is the best track on here. A lot of vibraphone use, which is.. a choice.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Better than the earlier one. Even downright pretty at times. And especially in Gypsy Woman, you can really hear his son's voice too. But I guess not "essential."

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

3/5 - meh

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Questo album di Tim Buckley non lo avevo mai ascoltato. Devo dire che non sono un suo fan (del figlio probabilmente non posso ancora dire nulla) ma comunque lo rispetto molto come artista. Questo album è abbastanza nella parte Folk/Rock ancora della sua produzione e non è comunque la parte che preferisco ma è innegabile che ci sia un'atmosfera molto ben definita e un'identità personale comunque interessante. Difficile pensare che in questo album aveva 22 anni (anche per la voce profonda). Purtroppo sarà pure che non riesco a non confrontarlo con un altro artista che non posso nominare con cui ho un legame molto forte. Il contro di questo album per me è la solita vena di improvvisazione che strascina i pezzi passando dall'onirico/psichedelico a uno che strilla un po' frignante "Gipsy Womaaannnn". Comunque è un 3 pieno, magari con qualche ascolto in più sarebbe sceso a 2 o salito a 4 ma non so se glie li dedicherò... Bonus recensione di Giulia che ha sentito pure lei: "Sì bello però abbiamo capito, dici le stesse cose trecento volte"

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Un'esperienza un po' strana, perché, fondamentalmente, mi ha coinvolto positivamente, ma non mi ha catturato a tal punto da farmi sbilanciare. Trovo gli arrangiamenti al limite dell'introspettivo e davvero molto interessanti. Di solito non amo particolarmente quando una canzone dura più di 4 minuti, ma in questo caso il fatto che abbia fatto canzoni lunghe l'ho trovato più un punto di forza che un difetto (ho comunque accusato verso la fine) e quella che mi ha colpito di più dura tipo 10 min (Love From Room 109 At The Islander). Non lo so 3 pare poco e 4 troppo. 3.75

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Mooie stem, rustgevende muziek. Wel veel xylofoon-klanken.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Ik moet zeggen dat ik wel fan begin te worden van Tim. Ook dit album spreekt me erg aan, rustiger dan het vorige maar zijn stem bevalt me goed. Had zoonlief het niet van een vreemde.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Mooi plaatje, nooit eerder de moeite genomen om iets van 'm te draaien.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Random generator...from son to father? Very different from Jeff - jazzy, soulful, folky tunes that demand multiple lessons. A bit too slow and dreamy for me.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Decent

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Interesting music. I was not familiar with hime before

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

When the album started, I thought that it had a smooth, cool vibe that I would enjoy…and I did…but not a lot…especially not the slower songs in the middle. I would not be opposed to someone else playing this while I was in earshot, but I don’t see me digging out this album to play again.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Some pretty parts, but it does drag on in places

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Not really what I expected

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Quite good, but sometimes bit lenghty and repetetive

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Parts of this album were cool, but overall I found it a bit dull. It was a cool idea, and it was executed well, it's just not my thing 3/5

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Some peaceful folk - nice for the background but I probably won't return. he has a nice voice though, and my fave track 'Buzzin' Fly' really shows that.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

I went from indifference to not enjoying it to weirdly vibing with it. Lots of interesting musicianship - I'm just not sure if I was into it. It's a 3 that could potentially turn into a 4 with several more listens.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Great sound and vocal performance, but too slow and the songs don’t go to that next level.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Pretty album, not very memorable though

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

pretty chill folk jazz rock fusion

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

A pretty soft, mellow album. No recognized songs

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

The vibes playing the Kinda Blue riff was a nice start. The album has a jazzy feel throughout and the songs are loosely structured, a bit like Astral Weeks. There aren't any melodies that I’m dying to hear again. I think I prefer the songwriting on some of his later releases.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

I guess there was a lot of folk music in the 60s. I like the songs that have the jazzy electric guitar playing quietly. The rest of the songs sound like more folk songs from the 60s

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

Minimalistic psychedelic folk not afraid to whip out the vibraphone and get a lil jazzy. Sounds come in and out, rhythmically but feeling random. Only 6 tracks to focus our attention to, none of them were poor, but some flew by without me noticing. Opener establishes the themes well, while the closer briefly ties up loose ends. Apparently, his son is also really famous, but neither lived past 30. Shame, not sure what's with these great folk artists dying so young. Favorites: Buzzin Fly, Love from Room 109

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

First time listening to Tim Buckley. It wasn't what I expected.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Bueno para tener de fondo y hacer otra cosa, como estudiar. Nada más que eso

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Son intéressant, très relax. Mix bien fait de psychédélique, folk, blues, jazz.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Un bon album, gypsy women est la seule qui ma vraiment fait faire wow jaime ca. 3.15

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Tim Buckley has a great voice, but unfortunately, the songs are just a stream of consciousness.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

OK. Sort of a yawn. C

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Oddly mesmerizing

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Kind of an interesting listen. It isn't bad at all and I found myself singing along with it after a few listens... I don't think it is great, but it was worth spending time with. 3/5

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Wed May 04 2022
3

It was OK Not really my thing

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Decent without being amazing.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Gut, aber teilweise nicht eingängig genug!

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Folk. Aburridito.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

3.4/5 nice to listen to in the background but a bit bland and vocals a bit annoying sometimes

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

I like Bucklys voice. I'm not a big fan of the vibraphone and jazzy parts thoughout the album. Just doesn't quite fit for me. I think it would be better without it. Its super easy listening and I don't think there's necessarily a bad track. 3/5

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

je n'ai pas tout compris mais joli xylophone

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Pareil Timy

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Sounds like a collection of sad elevator music. Long songs…only 6 songs, but total of 45 minutes. The songs all have that pingy melody that sounds like it’s being played on one of those wooden percussion music boxes where you hit the various parts on the top with two sticks with rubber bouncy balls on the end. The vocals are all super quiet and forlorn sounding, all the words are super drawn out and long. Gives a weird feeling. I hated it for the first two songs. By the third one, it was putting me into a weird head space. Kinda trippy. Definitely has a vibe to it.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

nice chill background music

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Har hørt jævlig masse på Pleasant Street siden forrige album, så blei glad for meir av Timmy, men detta albumet ga meg ikkje lika masse

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Nice enough but every track was the same?

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

meh, but nice.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Better than the earlier one. Even downright pretty at times. And especially in Gypsy Woman, you can really hear his son's voice too. But I guess not "essential."

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Nice

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

This one brings back old and very strange memories of traveling from San Diego to LA to record bass in a studio for a guy I never met and who showed up extremely late and very inebriated (I think). Deep into the night we played and recorded Tim Buckley songs live that were on this album. The session was trash and I never heard results. I drove home VERY late (2, or 3am), fell asleep for much of the following day and vowed never to do such a thing again. As for the album, it’s very pretty.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Kinda neutral about this one?

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

I had a decent time with this one. Love the vibraphone, but much of the album fell pretty flat for me. No real complaints, but not something I'm eager to revisit. 3/5

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

I like his simple country-folk music style and enjoyed the album, but it didn't leave a lasting impression on me. A very average album, in my opinion. 3/5

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Fine not my fave 2.5 stars

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Niet bepaald een opvallend album.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

"Incorporated elements of jazz" is probably one of my favorite phrases and a surefire way to get me excited about listening to an album lol Listening update: I dig this, though it's more vibe-y than attention-grabbing. I do think Mr. Buckley delivers on the "Happy Sad" title, as the longer songs seem to swing between these moods effectively. There's a wide breadth of instrumentation, some subtle and some focal. Decent listen for my first Tim Buckley experience.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Good album but Buzzin' Fly is a standout track

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

One of those where I expected more from its reputation. Was pleasant but not remarkable. Listened a few times and it didn't really take. Best song, Buzzin' Fly, is great, though

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Gypsy woman

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

This was pretty good. A lot less annoying than his son.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Le côté mélancolique me plaît bien, les chansons qui s'étirent comme un jam.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

So hated Greetings from LA, lumpy coke-rock of the worst kind. This however is really much better, slinky winding jazz folk not a world away from John Martyn, but with much more emphasis on extended instrumental arrangements.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Thorougly unimpressive but not unlistenable

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

It’s OK.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

notes - father of jeff buckley - jazz influenced singer songwriter - vibraphone, cello, improv guitar licks - tims warbly, throaty vocal delivery - the songs are often rambling, dreamlike - some good moments on these songs but none of them blew me away fav sing a song for you least fav gypsy woman 3/5

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

Probably caught me at the wrong time… found the whole thing kind winded and bloated. Also too many xylophones!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

a little too slow for my taste, its jazzy and experimental

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Not bad but not great... aimless?

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

What a bummer.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Just slightly better than his son from the little I listened

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Folk-rock americano muy ñoño

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Buena voz, pero demasiado pausado y sosegado. No me ha llamado la atención en absoluto

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

The title should have been Sad Sad. Buckley has a beautiful voice and definite high and low range. I didn’t care for the album. It was too slow down beat and depressing in nature.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Eigentlich mag ich Folk, hab hier aber nur oberflächlich reingehört. War vielleicht nicht in der passenden Laune. Hab aber viel gelesen über ihn und seinen Sohn, seine musikalischen Einflüsse usw, sowas finde ich immer spannend.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Xylophon Musik wie bei Helge Schneider. Kann man hören, muss man aber nicht. Tod mit 28. Sohn ebenfalls Musiker und tot. Macht sie das zu Legenden?

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

some decent songs. can be alright in a certain mood. 2 or 3 stars.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Good voice

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Cuando ser buen músico no es incompatible con ser un soberano muermo...

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

I knew and loved "Buzzin' Fly" before listening to the album (it was maybe the only tune by Tim Buckley I was even aware of). "Buzzin' Fly" is a 5. The rest of the album doesn't have that sort of, pardon the pun, Buzz. It's just a snooze. I have a feeling this would be a much more enjoyable listen while stoned or on other mind altering treats. As of now, I think I prefer his son Jeff's work. I almost feel bad panning the album after falling down a Tim Buckley rabbit hole and learning about how he died at 28 with nothing but a guitar and amp, let alone the fate that awaited his son. I guess what I'm saying is this album should have just been called "Sad".

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Songs go on a bit too long, I didn't mind gypsy woman but everything else was a little... Boring?

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

Uhm, it was kinda unnoticeable to me...

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

It's alright. 5/10

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

this one didn't hit me.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

Second time being disappointed by Tim Buckley. Absolutely no edge to it. Also lay off the vibraphone.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

First listen. 2/5

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

I can see why some would like this - his voice is very 'marmite' - I don't like it at all. The songs are aimless meanderings and I prefer a discernable melody.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

Beetje een twijfelgeval. Teveel eindeloos gepiel om echt te blijven boeien.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
2

boooooring

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

A celebration of the vibraphone :) I can imagine JJ Cale listening to this album a lot as he locked in his signature guitar style. The brightness of some chord progressions are very Troubadour. Is this one really in the 1001 list though?

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Only 6 songs but the songs are long. Easy listening and I wouldn't have guessed it was from 1969. Nothing crazy though it's like almost like a folk/country, and easy listening though a bit boring. 5/10.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

Happy Sad. More like Slightly Dull

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

Singer/songwriter, kærlighed, melankolsk, langsomt

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