Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tim Buckley - 1974 - Look At The Fool

Tim Buckley 
Look At The Fool

01. Look At The Fool 5:10
02. Bring It On Up 3:26
03. Helpless 3:18
04. Freeway Blues 3:10
05. Tijuana Moon 2:38
06. Ain't It Peculiar 3:34
07. Who Could Deny You 4:20
08. Mexicali Voodoo 2:23
09. Down In The Street 3:20
10. Wanda Lou 2:37

Bass – Joe Falsia
Clavinet – David Bluefield
Backing Vocals – Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews, Vanetta Fields*
Bass – Chuck Rainey (tracks: 1, 2, 6), Jim Fielder (tracks: 1 to 3), Jim Hughart (tracks: 5, 7, 8 to 10)
Cello – Jesse Erlich* (tracks: 1, 2)
Congas – King Errison* (tracks: 1 to 3, 6)
Drums – Earl Palmer (tracks: 1 to 10)
Electric Piano – Mark Tiernan (tracks: 1, 2, 6)
Guitar – Joe Falsia (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 10)
Guitar [12-string] – Tim Buckley (tracks: 2, 3, 7)
Horns – William Peterson*, Richard Nash*, Johnny Rotella*, Terry Harrington, Anthony Terran*
Organ – Mike Melvoin (tracks: 5, 7, 9)
Other [Discreetion] – Herb Cohen
Percussion – Gary Coleman (tracks: 5, 7 to 9)
Piano – Mike Melvoin (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 7 to 10)

Tim Buckley's final album is a sad, burned-out affair, suffering from weak, poorly conceived material and washed-out soul-rock arrangements. Most troublingly, Buckley's voice -- the one asset he could always count on -- had itself begun to deteriorate. Here his vocals were distressingly thin, like torn socks that have gone through the laundry cycle one too many times.

On June 28, 1975, Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out venue with 1,800 people in attendance. Buckley celebrated the culmination of the tour with a weekend of drinking with his band and friends, as was his normal routine. On June 29, 1975, after a spirited evening, in both the metaphorical and alcoholic sense, Buckley decided to accompany long-time friend Richard Keeling back to his house in the hope of obtaining some heroin. After spending an hour or so at the house, Buckley, in his inebriated state, walked in on Keeling in flagrante delicto, causing an argument between the two.Keeling, with the aim of placating him, handed Buckley a large dose of heroin and challenged him to "Go ahead, take it all". Given Buckley's contrary and rebellious nature, he duly snorted all the drug laid out for him.

Following this, Buckley was in such a bad condition that friends chose to take him home rather than leave him to his own devices. Upon his return home, his wife Judy, seeing his inebriated state, laid him down on a pillow on their living room floor and proceeded to question his friends as to what had happened. A while later, Judy decided to move Buckley into bed, hoping he would recuperate by the morning. However, when she later returned to check on him, she found he had turned blue and was no longer breathing. Attempts by friends and paramedics to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Having diligently controlled his drug habit while on the road, his tolerance was lowered, and the combination of the drugs he took mixed with the amount of alcohol he had consumed throughout the day was too much. The coroner's report by Dr. Joseph H. Choi stated that he died at 9:42pm, June 29, 1975, from "acute heroin/morphine and ethanol intoxication due to inhalation and ingestion of overdose".Long time friend and lead guitarist, Lee Underwood, has stated that "on many previous occasions Buckley had ingested considerably more alcohol and drugs than this".

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