Live At The Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967

Tim Buckley

Tompkins Square, 2009

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Tim Buckley was pronounced dead of a heroin overdose and alcohol consumption on June 28, 1975 at the age of twenty-eight. The folk movement lost a brilliant, if at times eclectic, artist. During his short but prolific career, he issued nine studio albums.

During the early part of his career, he was a classic folk artist and songwriter. As commercial success eluded him (his highest charting album only reached number 81 on the Billboard charts), he moved toward a jazz sound and even experimented with some funk.

Live At The Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967 finds Buckley squarely in the folk phase of his career. The my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Folklore Center began in Greenwich Village but moved to a smaller place on Sixth Avenue as folk’s popularity dwindled. Tim Buckley’s set is performed before about fifty people in this intimate setting. Owner Izzy Young taped it on a simple recorder and it sat on his shelf for decades – that is, until now.

The sound is very good given the primitive nature of the recording equipment in use. In some ways, it helps the authenticity of the performance, since his acoustic guitar playing and voice are presented as they were actually heard in 1967.

There is an ebb and flow to the set, as there is to most live concerts. “Wings” presents him at his best. His voice is both soaring and poignant, supported with some energetic guitar strumming. “Phantasmagoria In Two” is a beautiful love song which almost has a medieval feel to it. “Dolphins” is the only non-original tune as it was written by Fred Neil. Buckley’s voice makes it a distinct interpretation. “No Man Can Find The War” is a biting protest song from the early days of the Vietnam War.

If you a fan of Tim Buckley or of folk music in general, you will be pleased to find six songs of his that were previously unreleased. While new songs “Just Please Leave Me,” “Cripples Cry,” “What Do You Do (He Never Saw You),” “If The Rain Came,” “Country Boy,” and “I Can’t Leave You Loving Me” break no new ground, they do cover the old very well and give insight into the folk movement of the 1960’s.

Today Tim Buckley is a forgotten figure except to aficionados of the ‘60s folk scene.

Live At The Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967 is an excellent live example of an important type of American music from an artist whose career was all too short.

Rating: B+

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