Sunday, September 03, 2006
My first exposure to Neil Young's album On the Beach came via a website called "Realease On the Beach". At this time, the album had yet to be re-issued as a CD - an oversight that provoked some lone Neil/internet nerd to post the entire tracklisting online as downloadable MP3s.
The fact that - to the best of my knowledge - no equivalent site exists for Tim Buckley's Starsailor is a shame, at best. In fact, it's a sin - not only is Starsailor currently unavailable on CD but it is also extortionately expensive to buy used as either a CD or an LP. This sorry state of affairs is particularly irksome bearing in mind the sporadic CD and LP re-issues of other Buckley albums that have come along in recent years.
So where is Starsailor? Buckley's great avant-rock masterwork? His best album? The one everyone wants, for goodness' sake? Where is it? Well here's my contribution to the cause - an incredible video of Sir Tim playing "Song to the Siren" on the Monkeys' TV show (of all things!)
For what it's worth, I currently consider this song to be the second greatest ever written - slightly behind Scott Walker's "Farmer in the City" and slightly ahead of Kate Bush's "Army Dreamers". So there.