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Live at the Folklore Center NYC March 6 1967 (Dig)
Tim Buckley
Live at the Folklore Center NYC March 6 1967 (Dig)
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
This previously unreleased recording was captured by folk impresario Izzy Young at his famed Folklore Center located at 321 Sixth Avenue, which served as a nexus for up-and-coming singer-songwriters during the folk boom of...  more »


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All Artists: Tim Buckley
Title: Live at the Folklore Center NYC March 6 1967 (Dig)
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tompkins Square
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 8/25/2009
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 894807002189


Album Description
This previously unreleased recording was captured by folk impresario Izzy Young at his famed Folklore Center located at 321 Sixth Avenue, which served as a nexus for up-and-coming singer-songwriters during the folk boom of the late '60s. The entire night's concert, performed in front of about 35 people, is presented in its original running order of 16 songs, six of which are Tim Buckley compositions that have never appeared on any studio or live album. The CD package includes an unpublished interview with Buckley conducted by Izzy Young on March 17th & 18th, 1967, along with new notes from Young. The album was produced for release by Tompkins Square label's Josh Rosenthal in cooperation with Buckley's Estate, and mastered from the original tapes by Grammy-winning engineers Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith and Jamie Howarth. Tim Buckley (1947-1975) was among the most adventurous and influential singer-songwriters of the `60's and `70's, releasing nine studio albums in his career. Buckley's music continues to deeply inspire new fans and artists with each passing year. 'Live at the Folklore Center', the earliest live recording among several others commercially available, showcases Buckley in an intimate, solo acoustic setting, highlighting his magical guitar playing and soaring vocal style.

CD Reviews

Stuart Jefferson | San Diego,Ca | 08/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One disc 55 minutes in length approximately. The sound is very good,if slightly flat,which is a minor quibble. Considering this was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder,in 1967,in the open air,the sound of Buckley's voice is full,his guitar sound ringing. Every nuance of his voice and guitar can be heard clearly. His voice at times soars,at other times its softly plaintive. His guitar is crisp no matter if he's picking individual notes or strumming full chords (something Buckley did to great effect and excitement) which give these songs a real fullness. Truly this is two instruments working and blending together to create a very powerful sound.

In 1967 (the late) Tim Buckley had already released his first album,TIM BUCKLEY. He was soon to release his second,GOODBYE AND HELLO the same year as this live recording. Stylistically,this new release fits somewhere between these two albums. Buckley had started out as a folk-singer,and started to get away from a traditional folk sound on his second album,and then pushed his vocals and arrangements closer to a jazz sound by the time his third album,HAPPY SAD,was released. This live concert is a bridge between those first two albums. His vocals are closer to his first album,while the guitar sound is closer to his second release,and Buckley performs here solo,with great emotion.

All the tunes except one,Fred Neil's "Dolphins",were written or co-written by Buckley. But what's important is that six of these tracks have never before been released on any previous live or studio album. All six tracks are good,substantial songs that fit in nicely with Buckley's more well known compositions. The high caliber of new (to listeners) songs like "Just Please Me", "What Do You Do (He Never Saw You)","Cripples Cry","Country Boy",and the other two,fit seamlessly together in this concert.

Izzy Young,the owner of the Folklore Center,had never heard Buckley's music,and didn't bother with an audition. The room was small,holding about three dozen people. Buckley performed with no microphone,singing and playing in the open air. There is a feeling of excitement on these recordings,of someone finding out who they are. Buckley is very at ease before this small group. His confidence is evident in his between song patter and in his performances of both old and new songs. Buckley's emotion comes through in his voice on each song,and his timing is perfect.

To have early good recordings of Tim Buckley,when he was first gaining recognition is a real present to Buckley fans. I still recall hearing Tim Buckley's second (I still own all the vinyl albums) album in 1967. It was clear even then that he had a unique talent,something which was proved throughout his relatively short career. The packaging is very nice,with period photographs and a short interview,that shows Buckley's thinking about music at this stage of his life and career,now so long ago. The folks at Tompkins Square should be commended for releasing an album that probably won't sell in large numbers. While Buckley was revered in certain circles,he never had mass acceptance. That makes this release even more important. Not just an important release,but an exciting sounding release. If you're into Tim Buckley-get this soon.

Now,if someone would release all of the late Bert Sommer's tracks. Now that would be exciting. He wasn't in the same league as Tim Buckley,but he had a fairly good,interesting voice. Even though Sommer had a short-lived (no pun intended) career,and was a cult figure even when he was alive,his albums contained a number of worth while songs. So forgotten,his name isn't on the "Woodstock plaque",at the concert site with the other performers,maybe the small amount of music released on the latest Woodstock set will bring him some recognition."
Fantastic time-capsule of Tim Buckley 1967
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 11/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I saw this album the other day, I had no idea this even had been released (more than 42 years after the performance) and immediately snapped it up. What an incredible time-treasure this is, Tim Buckley in an acoustic performance in New York in early 1967.

"Tim Buckley Live at the Folklore Center, NYC - March 6, 1967 (16 tracks; 55 min.) brings the performance of then 20 yr. old Tim Buckley, just him and his acoustic guitar, in an intimate setting (about 35 people in the audience--more on that later). The owner of the Folklore Center, Izzy Young, had the presence of mind to ask Tim if he minded if he (Izzy) taped the show, Tim didn't mind, and so Izzy recorded this with a 1/4-inch recorder and a single mike. Despite these primitive recording tools, the results are nothing short of amazing, it's like Tim is sitting in your room playing these songs (no hiss to speak off). The highlights are many, check out the opener "Song for Jainie" where Tim attacks his guitar and brings the song with a heartfelt passion, but that is true for many other songs as well. While this recording contains a number of well-known Tim Buckley songs (check out the biting rendition of "No Man Can Find The War"), it also contains a mesmorizing 6 preformances from Tim never heard before, "Just Please Leave Me", "What Do You Do (He Never Saw You"), "Cripples Cry", "If The Rains Comes", "Country Boy" and "I Can't Leave You Loving Me". Amazing.

In all this is a MUST HAVE for any Tim Buckley fan, and frankly for any fan of music history. To have this recording preserved and now finally available after 42 years just blows the mind. The liner notes from Izzy Young are indispensable and bring a tremendous insight how this show came about and how it turned out (it's Izzy who informs us that there were about 35 people in attendance). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Rare Concert
Athanasios Papantoniou | Moschato, Attiki Greece | 05/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This live concert is really very interesting and rare. The magic of this work is its simplicity of the sound. Of course it cannot compare with Dream Letter but it gives us a different aspect of Tim Buckley talent.
It is highly recommended to all Buckley's fans and not."