Tim Buckley, ‘Life at the Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967’

Tim Buckley Live at the Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967
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ESSENTIAL “I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain’’

There are two big-picture contexts you can use to listen to the newly unearthed “Live at the Folklore Center, NYC’’ – the world of mid-1960s folk music and a point on the line of Tim Buckley’s larger, peripatetic career. The late LA-based singer proves himself conversant with the Greenwich Village tradition, playing songs of protest, florid romance, and dismissive heartbreak for approximately 35 people (nearly all of whom are visible on the album cover). But even though Buckley has the poetry but not yet the mysticism that was to come, he’s already showing enough restless creativity in songs like “No Man Can Find the War,’’ “Phantasmagoria in Two,’’ and “I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain’’ to blithely step out of the considerable shadow Bob Dylan was then casting on the folk scene. The six songs unreleased in any form are invaluable, though Buckley may have realized that some, like “Country Boy,’’ marked dead ends. “Live at the Folklore Center’’ isn’t definitive Buckley; no recording consisting of him alone with an acoustic guitar could be. But it captures him nearing a crucial turning point, when the troubadour started to realize that he wanted to be a star sailor and began steering his ship heavenward. (Out now) MARC HIRSH

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Tim Buckley – Live At The Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967 (TSQ2189/894807002189/C16) Available Now


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