Unreleased Tim Buckley Tracks on New 2CD

 

21 previously unheard demos
added to the bard’s 1966 debut

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Rhino Handmade is prepping a two-disc version of late
folk/avant legend Tim Buckley’s self-titled 1966 debut, that originally came
out on Elektra when he was just 19. It retraces the first steps of Buckley’s
career with both the stereo and mono versions of that debut plus nearly two
dozen unreleased recordings Buckley made in 1965 with The Bohemians and in 1966
with frequent songwriting partner Larry Beckett.

 

Buckley recorded the album’s 12 songs in Los Angeles with the team behind The Doors – producer
Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick. He was backed in the studio by
guitarist and longtime collaborator Lee Underwood, bassist James Fielder, and
Mothers Of Invention drummer Billy Mundi. Van Dyke Parks, who had spent much of
that summer collaborating with Beach Boy Brian Wilson on the legendary Smile album, was brought in to overdub keyboards, and frequent Phil Spector sidekick
Jack Nitzsche contributed string arrangements.

 

The music on the second disc has remained unreleased until
now and provides insight into Buckley’s early development. It opens with 12
songs he recorded in November 1965 with The Bohemians, a group he formed in
high school with Fielder, Beckett, and guitarist Brian Hartzler. Recorded live
in an Anaheim
studio, the originals include early versions of “She Is” and “It Happens Every
Time” – two tracks that later appeared on Buckley’s debut. The session also
yielded rockers like “Put You Down” and “Come On Over” and the ballads “Call Me
If You Do” and “No More.”

 

The nine songs that make up the second half of the disc were
recorded shortly before the sessions for Tim Buckley and feature Buckley
singing and playing acoustic guitar with Beckett, who recites poetry to
Buckley’s guitar on two tracks: “Found At The Scene Of A Rendezvous That
Failed” and “Birth Day.” The home recording captures versions of the album
tracks: “She Is,” “Aren’t You The Girl,” “Wings,” “Song Slowly Song,” and “I
Can’t See You.” The two remaining songs are the Buckley original “My Love Is
For You” and the Beckett/Buckley collaboration “Long Tide.”

 

Tim Buckley – Deluxe
Edition
comes housed in a weathered cardboard folio with rare photos and is
set for release on January 11.

 

 

Track Listing:

 

Disc 1: Album in
Stereo and Mono

1.       “I Can’t See You”

2.       “Wings”

3.       “Song Of The
Magician”

4.       “Strange Street
Affair Under Blue”

5.       “Valentine Melody”

6.       “Aren’t You The Girl”

7.       “Song Slowly Song”

8.       “It Happens Every
Time”

9.       “Song For Jainie”

10.   “Grief In My Soul”

11.   “She Is”

12.   “Understand Your Man”

 

 

Disc 2: The
Bohemians Demos

1.       “Put You Down”

2.       “It Happens Every
Time”

3.       “Let Me Love You”

4.       “I’ve Played That
Game Before”

5.       “She Is”

6.       “Here I Am”

7.       “Don’t Look Back”

8.       “Call Me If You Do”

9.       “You Today”

10.   “No More”

11.   “Won’t You Please Be My Woman”

12.   “Come On Over”

 

Acoustic Demos

13.   “She Is”

14.   “Aren’t You The Girl”

15.   “Found At The Scene Of A Rendezvous That
Failed”

16.   “Wings”

17.   “My Love Is For You”

18.   “Song Slowly Song’

19.   Song Introductions by Larry Beckett

20.   “I Can’t See You”

21.   “Birth Day”

22.   “Long Tide”

 

 

 

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