Tim Buckley was one of the greatest talents and unique voices in Rock music.
He was born on February 1947 in Washington D.C on Valentine's day, and his full name was Timothy Charles Buckley III.
He discovered music since his early years thanks to his entire family who were big fans of Jazz music. (Exception was his father who was mostly into country music).
At the age of 13 he learn to play banjo, he formed his first band, and he decided that he will dedicate his life to music. And so he did.
He released his first record under his name in 1966 and it was an excellent example of Rock music with many psychedelic colors, andt it was influenced mostly by Folk. After that first effort it was the time to show to the world his true talent. And he did, with the release of his second recond 'Goodbye & Hello'. At the time of the release he was 20 years old.
(On a personal note, I bought this vinyl record when I was about 16 or 17 years old, and I immediately fell in love with it! I loved his bizarre but wonderful voice, the beautiful and melancholic music, and that was just the start. I bought almost all of his records finally, but Goodbye & Hello will always have a special place in my heart).
Goodbye & Hello was recorded in spring of 1967 and it was released on August of the same year.
Being a truly wonderful album it is often cited as Tim Buckley's ultimate music statement. Unfortunately failed in the market both in United States and Europe. (The best ranking it achieved in the charts was at #171 in USA)
The record contains 10 songs in total and here you can find some of Buckley's strongest moments.
Songs like 'Pleasant Street', 'One I was', 'Phantasmagoria in two', 'Goodbye & Hello' and 'Morning Glory' are considered classics.
For those who are interested to discover the beauty of Tim Buckley's music this record should definetely be the starting point!
If I have to recommend some of his other albums, these would be: Tim Buckley (1966), Greetings from L.A (1972) and Look at the Fool (1974).
In the following videos you can listen to the songs 'Phantasmagoria in two' and 'Pleasant Street'.