TIM BUCKLEY Sefronia & Look at the Fool LPs
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4:45PM
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  • Of all the Great ‘60s& ‘70s Singer-Songwriters, Tim Buckley May Have Been the Most Talented

  • As a Singer, Buckley Was Unmatched, with Amazing Vocal and Emotional Range

  • As a Songwriter, Buckley Was Never Satisfied with the Status Quo, Going from Fragile Folk-Rock to Avant-Garde Jazz to Blue-Eyed Soul in the Course of His Short Eight-Year Career

  • Buckley’s Legend Has Continued to Grow, as Fans Constantly Discover New Facets of His Career

  • The Last Two Albums He Recorded During His Lifetime, Sefronia and Look at the Fool, Are Among His Most Controversial

  • Both Albums Mark a Stylistic Turn to R&B Out of Keeping with His Previous Releases

  • But Buckley Reveals Himself to Be Quite the Blue-Eyed Soul Singer on These Two Records, Which Deserved a Wider Audience Than They Got

  • Real Gone’s Vinyl Reissue of These Two Albums Features a Brand-New Remastering by Bill Inglot from the Original Master Tapes, a Significant Sonic Upgrade from What Has Been Available Previously

  • First Viny lIssue Since the Late ‘80s

  • Each Record Comes in Two Versions

  • An Audiophile 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition Limited to 400 Copies

  • A Colored Vinyl Edition (Salmon Pink for Sefronia, Crimson for Look at the Fool) Limited to 300 Copies

  • Two Records Over due for Reappraisal 


    Tim Buckley: Sefronia (Limited Salmon Pink Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    Tim Buckley: Sefronia (Limited 180-Gram Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    1. Dolphins
    1. Quicksand
    2. Honey Man
    2. I Know I'd Recognize Your Face
    3. Because of You
    3. Stone in Love
    4. Peanut Man
    4. Sefronia--After Asklepiades, After Kafka
    5. Martha
    5. Sefronia--The King's Chain
    6. Sally Go 'Round the Roses

    Tim Buckley: Look at the Fool (Limited Crimson Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    Tim Buckley: Look at the Fool (Limited 180-Gram Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    1. Ain't It Peculiar
    1. Look at the Fool
    2. Bring It On Up
    2. Who Could Deny You
    3. Helpless
    3. Mexicali Voodoo
    4. Down in the Street
    4. Freeway Blues
    5. Tijuana Moon
    5. Wanda Lou

    The list of ‘60s and ‘70s singer-songwriters is long and full of legends; but perhaps the most talented of that very talented bunch was Tim Buckley. Certainly when it came to singing Buckley was at the very top; his range was unmatched, capable of covering several octaves and acres of emotion in one breath, from sweet, tenor tenderness to hoarse, cracking anguish. And his songwriting showed a similar wide range; in the course of eight short years Buckley went from baroque, psychedelic folk rock to jazzy, even avant-garde ravings to blue-eyed soul. This extreme eclecticism, of course, worked against Buckley commercially; by the time his fans caught up to his latest stylistic change he was off on another. But it’s also one of the reasons why his reputation has steadily grown in the years since his untimely death in 1975; countless listeners only familiar with his early Elektra albums have found themselves floored by his later output. Which is where we find ourselves with 1973’s Sefronia, one of the most controversial albums of his career. Long-time fans decried this record as a sellout, and indeed its soft ‘70s funk feel is jarring to those used to his more adventurous work. But Buckley proves himself to be one helluva R&B singer on this album, which deserved a much larger audience than it got (by this time Buckley was on Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen’s label DiscReet). Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present both Sefronia and Look at the Fool on vinyl for the first time since the late ‘80s, in versions newly remastered from the original master tapes by Bill Inglot. These releases mark a significant upgrade in sound from what’s heretofore been available, and to celebrate, we’re offering each of these records in two different versions: for audiophiles, a limited edition of 400 copies in 180-gram black vinyl, and for collectors, a limited edition of 300 copies in colored vinyl (salmon pink for Sefronia and crimson for Look at the Fool). It’s high time these albums were reappraised; these vinyl releases show them at their very best! 

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