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Happy Sad


  • 1. Strange Feelin'
    2. Buzzin' Fly
    3. Love from Room 109 at the Islander (On Pacific Coast Hghway)
    4. Dream Letter
    5. Gypsy Woman
    6. Sing a Song for You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 74045

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Yester; Zal Yanovsky
    EngineerBruce Botnick

    Personnel: Tim Buckley (vocals, 12-string guitar); Lee Underwood (guitar); David Friedman (vibraphone, bass marimba); John Miller (acoustic bass); Carter C.C. Collins (congas).
    Recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California.
    Personnel: Tim Buckley (vocals, 12-string guitar); Lee Underwood (guitar); David Friedman (vibraphone, bass marimba); John Miller (acoustic bass); Carter C.C. Collins (congas).
    Recording information: Elektra Sound recorders, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: Ed Caraeff.
    HAPPY SAD was more than just an album title for Tim Buckley. Troubled in life, he left a legacy of beautiful, hauntingly moving songs. Buckley had a piercing, mournful cry in his pliant voice, complemented by a unique jazz-folk delivery. His soaring, octave-spanning voice created an eerie mood of despair--the darker, moody side of the era. His weren't the happy-go-lucky flower-child songs, nor were they the multi-colored, paisley pop tunes of the time; his was a deep, dark-blue expression of emotion.
    His voice was beautiful, well-controlled, and, as exhibited in the breezy "Strange Feelin'," colored throughout by an underlying sadness. "Love From Room 109" is a freewheeling, jazzy track that portrays a man who is as emotionally frayed as he is musically disembodied. The 12-minute "Gypsy Woman" is a raging, gritty, and unbridled epic. Even the more upbeat, pop-oriented "Buzzin' Fly" conveys a sense of melancholy. The closing "To Sing A Song For You" is straightforward, yet rendered complex by Tim's nuances.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (7/93, p.104) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Tim Buckley's third album and perhaps the only record to match in mood and quality Van Morrison's contemporary Astral Weeks..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.81) - "[With] two 10-minute-plus epics, including the intoxicated, improvised groove of 'Gypsy Woman' where Buckley's fast-maturing voice soars like Hendrix's guitar..."
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