Once I Was
02. Honey Man
03. Morning Glory
04. Comming Home To You (Happy Time)
05. Sing A Song For You
06. Hallucinations / Troubador
07. Once I Was
08. I Don't Need It To Rain
Bass – Tim Hinkley (tracks: 1, 2)
Bongos – Carter C.C. Colins* (tracks: 3,4,5,6,7)
Double Bass – Nils Henning* (tracks: 8)
Drums – Ian Wallace (tracks: 1, 2)
Guitar – Charlie Whitney (tracks: 1, 2)
Guitar [Lead] – Lee Underwood (tracks: 8)
Guitar, Vocals – Lee Underwood (tracks: 3,4,5,6,7), Tim Buckley
Vibraphone – David Friedman (tracks: 3)
1 & 2: recorded for the Old Grey Whistle Test 21st May 1974.
3,4,5,6 & 7: recorded for the John Peel show 2nd April 1968.
8: recorded live in Copenhagen 10th December 1968.
Digitally remastered at Barefoot Studios.
This is an extremely rare live recording from 1968. It has been digitally re-mastered but listeners may notice a difference in sound quality.
All but one of these eight songs from 1968 and 1974 are from the BBC. Five of the tracks were recorded in April 1968 for the John Peel show, and previously released by Strange Fruit as the Peel Sessions CD. These feature Tim Buckley at his most melodic and intimate. As on his posthumously issued 1968 concert recording Dream Letter, the instrumentation is sparser than on his Elektra albums. On these sessions, he was backed only by longtime guitarist Lee Underwood and percussionist Carter Collins. This quintet of tunes features songs from his second and third albums, as well as a couple of cuts that didn't make it onto records in the '60s, highlighted by a ten-minute medley of "Hallucinations" and "Troubadour." There are also a couple of less vital cuts -- "Dolphins" and "Honey Man" -- from a May 1974 broadcast. Ending the disc is a previously unreleased, live 12-minute version of "I Don't Need It to Rain," recorded in Copenhagen in October 1968 with Underwood on guitar, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on double bass, and David Friedman on vibes. It's a reasonable, jazzy number in sync with the mood of Blue Afternoon and Dream Letter, but the fidelity, from a tape "found in a box of disintegrating reel-to-reels at Tim's home," is muffled; a higher-energy and higher-fi version is on Live at the Troubadour 1969.