Sunday, September 03, 2006




Release Starsailor

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.

8 comments:

carl said...

second greatest!?

This Monkeys show shindig is great but not a patch on the album version with all its studio effects etc..i have a copy of this on CD, an obvious bootleg which i bought in Spain years ago.. the qualities great etc..should i send you a copy?

Samuel said...

"second greatest!?"

Farmer in the City, dude. Prove me wrong.

"This Monkeys show shindig is great but not a patch on the album version with all its studio effects etc.."

I agree but I think this version has a little something special of its own. I love the way his vocal is so restrained on this version.

"i have a copy of this on CD, an obvious bootleg which i bought in Spain years ago.. the qualities great etc..should i send you a copy?"

You mean Starsailor? Or is it a bootleg with various live cuts etc including this one? Anyway, I have a burn of Starsailor from a friend of mine who does the file-sharing thing. Sounds like it was recorded from vinyl.

All I really want is a really nice vinyl re-issue of Starsailor, like they did for Blue Afternoon. Is this too much to ask?

carl said...

actually i've never heard "farmer in the city" so maybe i should check it out.. if its better than "Song.." it must be mighty indeed.. right i'm off to hunt it down along with that "early" Scritti thing..

and..it's a copy of starsailor plus live stuff but not this...

do i assume that this buckley is a futherance of the mighty Impostume / blogglebum Youtube soundclash and respond in kind?

Samuel said...

"actually i've never heard "farmer in the city" so maybe i should check it out.."

You don't have Tilt! COME ON!

"do i assume that this buckley is a futherance of the mighty Impostume / blogglebum Youtube soundclash and respond in kind?"

I think you've already answered that one for yourself, innit? Have to see what I can come up with. Ever see that film of Alan Partridge doing a Kate Bush medley?

carl said...

I now have "Tilt". had it since yesterday, in fact and have listened to it virtually non-stop.

re Farmer in the City...it's fucking brilliant, sam, i bow to your judgement here , mate.. im listening to it at the moment and it's pure shivers up the spine time....

actually the whole album seems impossibly deep, rich and complex...
i a ctually never paid any a ttention to Sciott walker until a bout six months ago when i bought Scott Four and predictably fell in love with it...now i guess i have to get ALL his stuff right?

Samuel said...

Well, some of his stuff is a bit shit but he works pretty hard at keeping the bad stuff out of print. You should certainly pick up Scott 3 ASAP.

JGrimmer said...

Hey Sam check out my 'Re-release Traveling Wilburys Vol.1' petition website at www.jefflynneisreallygreatandiforoneamreallyhappyELOseemstobepopularwiththekidsagain.com
Please sign ot!

Samuel said...

Y'know, in my day, one just *assumed* that anything involving Jeff Lynne was crap. It really wasn't open for discussion.

You know why that Travelling Dingleberries album isn't in print? Because Roy Orbison's widow considers it a blot on her late husband's reputation. And you know why that is? Because in her day one just *assumed* that anything involving Jeff Lynne was crap. It really wasn't open for discussion.

You like Tom Petty though, eh hotshot?