The voice of a choir boy and the sly smirk of a bad boy. In the Folk era, Tim Buckley put both the angel and devil on his shoulders behind the microphone. Tim Buckley was born on bare stages…coffee houses, basement clubs, and church halls. At the outset, he was a man and a guitar. His studio work added instrumentation, with A-list producers of the era behind the boards as Paul Rothchild, Jerry Yester, and Jac Holtzman. While Albert Grossman infamously brought a higher wage to Folk musicians, particularly his clients (Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul, and Mary), Tim Buckley paved the way for the 1970’s singer/songwriter rise into the Pop charts by example. Wings: The Complete Singles 1966 – 1974 is a chronological catalog of Top 40 radio releases. Tim Buckley never topped the charts though once the FM dial became an option in the late 1960’s, he was appreciated.
The scent of candle wax and incense accompanies the first singles of Tim Buckley. “Wings”, was his first release, from his self-titled debut. An unbridled excitement in Tim’s voice takes the songs higher and higher as “Aren’t You the Girl” defines Folk Rock. Tim Buckley hit a creative peak with his second and third album release, Goodbye and Hello, Happy Sad). Four singles from Goodbye and Hello showcase music that is stretching beyond the boundaries of Folk music, fronted by a voice that is its own comfort zone. A darkness comes into tracks such as “Morning Glory” and “Once I Was”, as old world troubadours touch “Knight-Errant”. Tim Buckley moved away from Folk music quickly once he entered the studio, foregoing the trappings without ever compromising the connection with the audience. His leaps into musical styles drew fans along with the artistic undertow. In a pre-loop world, the whirling calliope of “Carnival Song” offers a psychedelic turn to the track. Experimentation was the muse for studio time, and the single flow did not pick up again until 1972’s Greeting from LA release, with Wings offering the sexy funk stomp of “Movin’ with Me” with caffeinated guitar riffs behind the wheel for the Taxi tale of “Nighthawkin’”. Tim Buckley released an album a year, sometimes two, during his recording career with Wings offering cuts from his final studio releases, Sefronia and Look at the Fool. Tim covers folk icon Fred Neil (“Everybody’s Talkin at Me”) with “Dophins”, bringing Blues into his last few single, “Honey Man” and “Wanda Lu”. Wings The Complete Singles 1966 – 1974 closes with a full on rush into a Pop marketplace as it blends jazz and rock into gorgeously flowing musical suites with “Who Could Deny You”.