Goodbye and Hello – Tim Buckley (1967)

Album no. 86/1001

Aside from being a folk musician, Tim Buckley was 90’s cult fave Jeff Buckley’s dad.

A fun fact about them is that they both died when they were crazy young – Tim at 28 and Jeff at 30 – which isn’t so much a fun fact, as a rather sad fact.

Tim was only 20(!!) when he recorded this, his second album, and went on to release a lot more music before his untimely death in 1975.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No, but I do like Jeff Buckley. I hope they maybe have a similar sort of voice?

NK: Never listened to old Timbo. Not completely sure what to expect.

Standout track

CL: As stated above, I was really hoping old mate Tim would sound exactly like old mate Jeff. Didn’t happen.

NK: I was not hoping for that.

CL: I didn’t really like anything off this album and that makes me sad. His voice sounds nothing like Jeff.

NK: ‘Once I Was’ is my pick. I quite like the harmonica, which I didn’t expect to be saying. It’s quite conventional compared to some of the other instrumentation. I don’t know what the instruments actually were, but it sounds like something out of Game of Thrones. Lutes maybe? ‘Knight-Errant’ is probably the worst offender, and the title and lyrics don’t help. I was a bit bored with this.

When would be the best time to listen to this?  

NK: If you want to imagine you’re in a medieval court listening to a bard. Not in an offensive way, that’s just what it sounds like.

CL: ^ this. Except definitely in an offensive way.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: Well, in terms of the folk music that was around at the time, I suppose this was a bit of an interesting departure from that?

NK: Timbo’s voice is interesting. I wonder if he deliberately set out to make it sound like it was hundreds of years old. Because if so, mission accomplished. There are two(!) more albums from Tim on this list, and I will be interested to see if it’s more of the same. I don’t think he could have kept getting away with it, but you never know.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: I’m really disappointed with this album. I definitely thought this was going to be a little folky jaunt, like Bert Jansch or even early Bob Dylan with a better voice, but no such luck. Instead we get this weird medieval nonsense. So no, I will not be listening again.

NK: That’s a hard pass from me sorry.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Goodbye and Hello on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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