Tim Buckley - Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions


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Thirteen previously unissued solo acoustic demos

Remastered from the original analog tapes and acetate

Accompanying book includes in-depth interview with Buckley's lyricist Larry Beckett

In 1967, the face of rock music was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music — the result was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye And Hello. Buckley was no longer just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium.

Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim's songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it. Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye And Hello's producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett's possession. Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye And Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim's death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare.

The first seven songs are from a reel-to-reel demo tape cut by the singer at producer Jerry Yester's Laurel Canyon home. The last six are from an acetate recorded at Midtown Studios in Manhattan.

So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley. Several rarities releases in the 1980s and '90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew — until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career. In short, you need this! 13 previously unissued solo acoustic demos. Remastered from the original analog tapes and acetate. Book includes in-depth interview with Buckley's lyricist Larry Beckett.

Side 1
Lady, Give Me Your Key
Once Upon A Time
Once I Was
I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
Pleasant Street

Side 2
Carnival Song
No Man Can Find The War
I Can't Leave You Lovin' Me
She's Back Again

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