Tim Buckley - Starsailor
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1970 Ratings: #16 / 111
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1970 Ratings: #32
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The myriad of sounds on display here are uncompromising, and yet undeniably poignant. Also the fact that both Tim and his son Jeff are able to hit that same note at the peaks of their songs makes me indescribably happy.

Standout: Jungle fire
favs: Star Sailor, I woke up, Down by the Borderline, Song to the siren, Come here woman, Monterey, Healing festival

Least fav: Moulin rouge
Well it seems like Buckley felt the need for a change and was hungry for some experimentation after two similar records, as the next two releases saw him throw all caution to the wind and get weird on us.

The second and most impressive of these, 'Starsailor', opens with 'Come Here Woman' which sounds an awful lot like one of the more 'out there' tracks from The Doors just with more of a jazz influence and some free wheeling improv vocals. For the most part, the 'singing' works, though the ... read more
Despite a few issues I have with this album, I give myself no choice but to praise it for its unrivaled ambition and contribution to the subgenre of 'avant-folk'. I find a lot of the experimentation present on Starsailor to be unappealing to me, personally. However, I respect it for how ahead of its time it turned out to be. The early 70s were a golden age for the folk and singer-songwriter genres, but you won't find another record from that era that was on the same level of thinking as Tim ... read more
So, you see the album cover, and you are like oh, this lloks like a nice calming folk record probably with some nice introspective and lyrics. Then Come Here Woman starts playing and you go "Oh wait, this isn't going to be a Contemporary Folk album". Starsailor is anything apart from a peaceful listen with its cryptic and dark lyrics and avant-garde style of folk. It immediately becomes apparent that you are in for a weird, psychedelic and hypnotic listen to the manic ... read more
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Track List

  1. Come Here Woman
  2. I Woke Up
  3. Monterey
  4. Moulin Rouge
  5. Song to the Siren
  6. Jungle Fire
  7. Starsailor
  8. The Healing Festival
  9. Down by the Borderline
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Added on: March 16, 2013