Taken from the Manifesto Records release, Greetings From West Hollywood.
In September 1969, legendary singer/songwriter Tim Buckley would introduce the world to his new hybrid of jazz and folk during a residency at Los Angeles’s legendary Troubadour club. This new two-disc collection captures Buckley in fine form as he performs his then-new album, Happy Sad and what would become his most difficult work, 1970s Lorca.
Taken from the Edsel Records release, Buzzin’ Fly: Live Anthology 1968-1973.
RIP Glen Campbell.
A fun and catchy late 60s outtake that celebrates that most special day of the week: payday!
In 1969, British jazz pianist Mike Westbrook’s big band orchestra released a two-volume set entitled Marching Song, a deftly covert anti-war conceptual set that is both quite enjoyable and quite poignant in its delivery, and a subtle one at that. This collection compiles both albums plus a third disc of outtakes from the era.
Leviathan was the new moniker of Mike Stuart Span, whose label insisted they change their name. It wasn’t an unwise decision, as their music was suddenly much different than what they had previously done. Sadly, complying with their label’s demands didn’t seem to matter, as their sole album is finally seeing release 48 years after its rejection.
The Unfinished Music series was designed as a way for John Lennon and Yoko Ono to document their budding relationship. The sounds held within are uncompromising, unique, and occasionally frustrating. In other words, Yoko Ono at her best.
Roy Orbison’s One Of The Lonely Ones was unreleased in its time, and seeing release four decades later, it’s an enjoyable–if not particularly revelatory–artistic statement of a man in the throes of personal tragedy and loss.
Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers is a true-crime/horror/film noir masterpiece based on actual events, but its backstory is so convoluted that the making of the film is equally as engaging. Criterion’s recent reissue of the DVD brings this classic to light, reintroducing it to a new generation of movie buffs.