Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 June, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 June, 2001, 12:00am


Fans of this 1960s folk-rock icon are a splintered bunch, making any overview a ticklish undertaking.

But those masters of the anthology, Rhino, have pulled off the improbable with this judiciously assembled double-CD of 33 tracks straddling two and a half hours.

It concentrates on Buckley's more commercial earlier albums and throws in four live cuts that came to light only after his sudden death, due to a heroin overdose, in 1975. His son Jeff's musical career helped rekindle interest in his back catalogue until his own tragic death by drowning in 1997.

But it was Buckley Snr's endless hunger for new territory that restricted his commercial appeal over a decade-long career and there is nothing here from the difficult Lorca (1970), while the final outings, when his voice was in desperate decline, are, quite rightly, scarcely represented.

The set closes with the one previously unreleased cut - a shimmering solo treatment of Song To The Siren, lifted from an episode of The Monkees.

At his peak, Buckley's multi-octave voice was capable of almost anything - from free jazz to a blues stomp - and that bell-like quality not only possessed great power but the emotional range to match. This stands as a worthy assessment of a truly unique talent.