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Album : Greetings from L. A. – Tim Buckley

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CB was watching a local cable show that interviewed Jazz musicians.  Tim Buckley was the guest.  Never heard of him.  I don’t even remember if he performed.  Because of the interview I went and found this album.  What a find it was.  CB was pulled into the music right from the start.  Jazzy, bluesy,  some rock thrown in , a little sexy and some coolness.  ‘Move With Me’ tells a story about a little affair set to some very good music.  This was the first TB tune that CB was exposed to and it had a lot going on.  Sax never hurts, some sense of humor and that voice.  He kicks right into ‘Get On Top’ and the beat catches and doesn’t let go.  Guitar opens , bass and drums join in with some organ and Buckley feeling it on vocal.  Love the organ on this tune.  The groove just keeps going.  Buckley and the band are making music that sounds good to me.

‘Sweet Surrender’ slows it down.  He uses strings with some bongos thrown in.  Really like the way Buckley strung his lyrics together and I really dug his voice.  He was in a certain state of mind on this record and was feeling it and letting it out through the music.  He certainly sets a mood with this tune.  He doesn’t hold back on what comes out even if he doesn’t have words, he lets cries etc express his feel.  ‘Nighthawkin’ picks it up again.   He takes a little cab ride.  He’s heading downtown to do the “Boogaloo”.  CB didn’t know what that was but he wanted to do it too.  ‘Devil Eyes’ has that great beat again and all that music style that CB was digging on this record.  Organ and bongos again.  Tim is feeling his oats on this one.  His uncensored side.  But it all works.  The band works out on this one. ‘Hong Kong Bar’ is a bluesy cut Tim Buckley style.  ‘Make it Right Again’ ends the record on the vibe he had been riding

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Buckley was definitely different from the norm.  Love that he was letting the influences play him and feeding off the sources.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but it sure was Babyhead’s cup of something.   Another new direction for CB.  Certain albums come along and you don’t even have to think about whether you like them or not.  This was one of them for Cincinnati, he had no choice.  He was hooked.  Man he was hearing some good music at this time.

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So head down to the “Meat Rack Tavern’ into Tim Buckley’s world and catch that groove and don’t be shy.

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48 comments on “Album : Greetings from L. A. – Tim Buckley

  1. Jim S.
    February 5, 2017

    Huh! This surprises me. I thought Buckley was primarily a folkie. I’ll add this to the list of albums to spin.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 5, 2017

      You will be surprised. I think TB might have alienated a few fans with this one. CB really digs it. One of his faves.

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      • Jim S.
        February 18, 2017

        Listened to this online. CB, you caught some lightning here. This is some funky shit! Given the era it came out in, I’m totally surprised not only that I never heard it but that it wasn’t a lot more popular. Back then radio could get away with playing some crazy stuff and DJ’s were more adventurous. If I had one word to describe this it would be superfunky.

        Putting aside Buckley’s vocal gymnastics, the closest person I can think of to this in style is some of Curtis Mayfield’s stuff. I wondered who was doing some of those jazzy guitar runs. A look at the credits says it was Chuck Rainey. I recognize that name as he’s a session guitarist who played on just about everything Steely Dan ever did.

        Anyway, thanks for the tip. I don’t buy too many CD’s these days but this seems to be a must-have.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 18, 2017

        I’m smiling like crazy! You caught the groove. It didn’t take you long to pick up the Steely Dan connection. Chuck does great work on the record. I remember when I bought the album it was on the same label as Zappa so that kind of told a story. Catchgroove dug it the same as you. An all time fave. Buckley left us lots of great music. As far as not hearing it, you think it was a East coast/West coast thing? I know he was up and down from LA to Vancouver a lot. Catchgroove said he was big in the Twin Cities. Who knows. Really cool that this album caught you Dr. “Super funky” with some “Monkey Rub” and “Boogaloo” thrown in.

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      • Jim S.
        February 18, 2017

        Yeah, it’s the kind thing I like, for sure. And over and above Buckley’s occasional vocal acrobatics, there’s nothing (to these ears) odd about his style of singing or even song. I mean, Zappa got played on the radio all the time back then. Compare weirdness.

        As to West Coast/East Coast, I think it may just sometimes go back to something as simple as a DJ in a particular market digging a song and playing it, and it becoming a regional hit but never really breaking out.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 18, 2017

        Back in the days when a DJ had a mind of his own. It was like the Boss being big in your neck of the woods back when he started. Some great bands never break out of certain regions. Your more up on that stuff than CB.

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    • dcw0731
      February 12, 2017

      I think I’ll be joining you Jim. My good friend back in high school loved this album but me being such a pinhead never gave it a spin. Now is the time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 12, 2017

        Vinyl Connection gives a good description of the album. Like I said, the music grabbed me. I still spin this one on a regular basis.

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      • Jim S.
        February 12, 2017

        I couldn’t have if I wanted to. I’d never heard of it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 18, 2017

        DCW/Yuri go to catchgroove for his take on this LP. He put his finger onit

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 18, 2017

      Check out ‘catchgrooves’ review. He nails it.

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  2. yeahanotherblogger
    February 6, 2017

    CB, to be honest, I never was a big fan of Tim. But maybe I should listen again to some of his music. Thanks for bringing this album to my attention. Don’t think I ever heard it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 6, 2017

      Buckley’s a hard sell. I’m glad this album was my introduction to his music. I grabbed ‘Sefronia’ next and I also dug it (Covers Waits ‘Martha’. CB didn’t know Tom then either. Went onto search him out). Then it was back to the vaults to hear the rest. Tunes like ‘Buzzin Fly’ just do it for me. CB just gives his take on what he likes, and he really likes this album. Hope you find something to like in it. (Like is the word for the day)

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    • 1537
      February 6, 2017

      I’m with you on this. I liken him to Nick Drake, another artist I can’t seem to get a toehold on.

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      • yeahanotherblogger
        February 6, 2017

        I like Nick!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 6, 2017

        Neil, can I feel a Nick Drake take coming up on your end?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 6, 2017

        I think you would find ‘Greetings’ a departure from that thought. I can see the Drake comparison to his early stuff but not this one. I think i responded to Music Enthusiast’s comment that this album probably alienated Buckley’s earlier fans. Grab a different toe and see what you think.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 18, 2017

        1537, check out catchgrooves take. It might spark your interest. He has lots of other cool stuff on his site.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 18, 2017

      Neil, head over to catchgroove. He gives a great take on the record, plus other great reviews.

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  3. yeahanotherblogger
    February 7, 2017

    Maybe I’ll be writing about Nick one of these days. You never know. I like his music a lot.

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  4. catchgroove
    February 7, 2017

    As you know Cincinnati, I am a Minneapolis guy. Not this bizarre quote from Wikipedia “getting substantial airplay in the Twin Cities on the Minneapolis FM station KQRS and sold very well at the independent record shops in Minneapolis-St. Paul’

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 7, 2017

      That is very cool! Someone up there must have tapped into the same wave length. So CB wasn’t the only guy that dug this album. Love those kinds of stories. Certain music catches on in certain areas. That area has an ear for great music. Thanks for that.

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      • catchgroove
        February 13, 2017

        I was at a record show today and I picked up decent copy on LP for $5. Listening to it now on the big boy stereo. Amazing.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 13, 2017

        Very cool! $5, I would have snapped that up in a heart beat. I’m sitting here smiling at you enjoying your new buy. Listening to it on the Big Boy stereo. That’s great! Had you heard it before?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 13, 2017

        A catchgroove take on the album would be interesting.

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      • catchgroove
        February 13, 2017

        I had not heard until I read your post. Listened on Spotify via phone and cheap headphones and I was mildly impressed. On the big boy stereo it sounds amazing. I had no idea he was a hipster Elvis. I will do a review, but I need to marinate it a few weeks.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 13, 2017

        Hipster Elvis? I like that. Amazing what a good sound system will do. You gave the album a serious listen. Looking forward to a fresh take on a unique talent. Vinyl Connection gave a quick summary of Buckley’s styles in his comment. You might find a wealth of great music in his other albums. Later.

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      • catchgroove
        February 18, 2017

        Here is my take https://catchgroove.com/2017/02/15/tim-buckley-greetings-from-l-a/
        this was an outstanding tip – thanks.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 18, 2017

        How do I get this review to the people who have commented above? CB is a little challenged when it comes to this game. Great spin Axl, you nailed it and really caught the vibe. Loved your take!!! Your description of “Make It Right” made me chuckle. I owe you for all the great tips I get off ‘catchgroove’.

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      • catchgroove
        February 18, 2017

        I am not to slick myself. But one technique is to hit the share button and share via WordPress. I just did this with your Buckley post. There is a re blog feature that I have not figured out too

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  5. Vinyl Connection
    February 7, 2017

    Good intro, CB, to a powerful album by a challenging but rewarding artist.
    Those interested (but not familiar) with Buckley Senior could consider some research, as his albums vary a great deal. Greetings From LA is the soul/funk/sex one, Lorce the tortured poet one, Blue Afternoon the cool jazzy one, etc.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 7, 2017

      You summed it up with your comment. Big swings. On my take I was trying to stay in the moment back when I first heard it. I’ve touched on it and now you’ve so eloquently stated the different styles Buckley explored. There were some demons going on with ‘Greetings’ but it worked for CB. Thanks for the input.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 7, 2017

      Buckley is a regular spin around CB’s pad. I guess it’s the different mood thing and styles he plays.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 18, 2017

      Bruce, catchgroove did a fantastic job on ‘Greetings’ in line with your brief take. If you haven’t checked his blog, do it’s a good one.

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  6. Vinyl Connection
    February 7, 2017

    PS. I’ll be reviewing ‘Goodbye and Hello’ as part of the 1967 series… sometime!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 7, 2017

      Unbelievable, 1967! Now ‘Goodbye and Hello’ wasn’t as instant for me but I warmed up to it. Those other styles you noted were more CB’s style. I’ d be curious on that review and you know I will check it out.

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  7. jerseydreaming
    February 13, 2017

    Nick Drake is the man. As for Tim, I’m a huge fan of Song to the Siren.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 13, 2017

      Yes that’s a great tune. ‘Greetings’ is a whole different direction. Vinyl Connection is going to do a piece on ‘Hello Goodbye’, another side of Tim’s musical talent. Yeah Another Blogger commented above and is threatening to do a piece on Nick. I like Nick too! (I always liked the connection to our other ‘Greetings From’ album guy).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 18, 2017

      Jersey, catchgroove reviewed ‘Greetings’. It might spark your interest. He even throws in a Bowie comparison.

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  9. tejopa
    May 21, 2017

    It’s a great record, but conventional by comparison to his startling avant-garde classics Starsailor, Lorca etc.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 21, 2017

      Hey thanks for stopping by and dropping a word or two. ‘L.A.’ was my intro to Buckley. I went onto discover more (most) of his music. ‘Lorca’ is missing from my pile but I have a few of the cuts on other collections. ( Listening to ‘Nobody Walkin’ while I hit the keys, fantastic!) CB is kinda doing a chronological journey on his music trip. Will be getting to more TB as he goes. Tim’s a favorite. Checked out your site. Man is there a lot of good stuff there. Some familiar, some not but it looks like my style. I will be spending some time on it. Thanks again for your input.

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      • tejopa
        May 21, 2017

        Thanks. Your work is excellent. Enjoying it very much.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 21, 2017

        You are too kind (words of Dan Hicks). Question. Is thenewperfectcollection a one person show or a collaboration?

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      • tejopa
        May 21, 2017

        There are three of us, but we invite those artists featured to contribute too. Most say no of course but bizarrely many have taken up the invitation: Paul Haig (Josef K), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Tim Sommer (Hugo Largo), Sean O’Hagan (High Llamas) for example- with more to come.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 21, 2017

        That is very cool tejopa. Well like I said, at first glance you have caught my interest. CB will be back.

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