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Starsailor (1970)

Tim Buckley
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Folk rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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Starsailor is a 1970 album by Tim Buckley (see 1970 in music), released on Herb Cohen's Straight Records label. It marks the moment Buckley's folk rock origins became invisible as he fully incorporated jazz rock and avant-garde styles in to his music. Although it is often regarded as not being accessible to many people, it also contains his best known song "Song to the Siren". This more accessible song was written much earlier than Starsailor's newer material, originally in a more traditional folk arrangement, as shown on the later released compilation album Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology. Bunk Gardner, a former member of the Mothers of Invention, joined Buckley's normal band to record the album. Also, Buckley began working again with lyricist Larry Beckett, after a three-album absence.
Leontyne Price attended a concert in New York during the supporting tour and told Buckley, "Boy, I wish they were writing things like that for us opera singers," to which Buckley responded, "Well, do what I did; get your own band."
"Song to the Siren" has been covered by a variety of artists, most notably This Mortal Coil, which featured on the 1984 album It'll End in Tears. John

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