AOTY 2021

Blue Afternoon

Tim Buckley - Blue Afternoon
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Based on 51 ratings
1969 Ratings: #47
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November 24, 1969 / Release Date
LP / Format
Straight Records Enigma Retro / Label
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'Blue Afternoon' is close to being more of the same, still very 'Happy Sad' only the sad side is winning hence the 'blue' in the title.

'Happy Time' and 'Blue Melody' are reflective, slowly unfolding gems - a very consistent release in terms of tone but this time slightly to its detriment. You start to realise what the 'afternoon' part of the title signifies...what of import goes down in the afternoon? This has a 'winding up of the day' feel, a hazy lazy daydream after the real work has been ... read more
In my opinion, Blue Afternoon is a bit of a step-down in terms of both ambition and prowess. I'm not knocking Buckley or anything, but the decline in quality from Happy Sad to here is pretty undeniable. I suppose this record serves as a return to form for Buckley. That is, returning to his pre-experimental days (pre-Happy Sad). There is still a strong touch of psychedelia here, but it still doesn't sound as riveting as some of his other work. Strong tracks like "Chase The Blues Away" ... read more
8. Blue Melody
7. Chase the Blues Away
6. I Must Have Been Blind
5. The Train
4. So Lonely
3. Happy Time
2. The River
1. Cafe
Not only Tim Buckley moved to Straight Records but he also took a different path by re-examining, mostly some older tunes and expanding them musically and senstimentaly, on this blue afternoon that also demonstrates his production skills.
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Added on: July 28, 2016