Tim Buckley ‎– Look At The Fool

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  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - etched [A - stamped]): T \ DS - 2201 - 31795 RE 1 - 1 RH A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - etched [A - stamped]): T \ DS - 2201 - 31796 - RE 1 - 1 RH A2

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DS2201 Tim Buckley Look At The Fool(LP, Album, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Discreet DS2201 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
DS 2201 Tim Buckley Look At The Fool(LP, Album, TP) Discreet DS 2201 US 1974 Sell This Version
RGM-0561 Tim Buckley Look At The Fool(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Cri) Real Gone Music RGM-0561 US 2017 Sell This Version
MFO 40702 Tim Buckley Look At The Fool(CD, Album, RE, RM) Manifesto (2), Discreet MFO 40702 US 2010 Sell This Version
DS 2201 Tim Buckley Look At The Fool(LP, Album) Discreet DS 2201 Australia 1974 Sell This Version

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Babaluma1

Babaluma1

February 19, 2015
A bloody great LP! It goes to show what a load of crap rock critics talk as I stayed away from Buckley's soul albums for years due to the overwhelmingly negative reviews they receive. I randomly heard it at a musicians house I was staying at when doing a gig in Brighton. It sounded great, funky and laid back but with that amazing tortured voice soaring over the top. I was amazed this was the much maligned Look At The Fool LP as I had been led to believe it was the American equivalent of Rod Stewart's Atlantic Crossing, vapid soulless funk lite.

This LP and the previous Greetings From L.A. are perhaps more of a shock if you are a folk rock fan and came to them after enjoying the frankly twee hippie bobbins of the Tim Buckley and Goodbye & Hello albums. However if you come from a soul and jazz background the leap from Happy/Sad to this is less extreme and the elements of funk in his previous work is easier to spot. If you were a funk fan and were dropped onto earth with no preconceptions you would be faced with one of the great white soul works. Admittedly Buckley himself was said to have doubts about his last few albums, perhaps feeling pressure by his record company to be more commercial. Either way it is still a great album, ranging from the anguished balladry of the epic title track to the gritty social commentary of Down In The Street. While the band can be a little bland at times Buckley puts so much passion and humour into it that he drags the floral shirted sessioniers with him. Much was made at the time about the carnality of his lyrics and the line "Making love like a skinned cat crawlin' across the highway" doesn't leave much to the imagination, however it is hardly 2 Live Crew and with time it nows sounds pretty standard stuff.

The tunes run the gamut from blues, funk, soul and even a bit of Latin all supporting the greatest white male voice in pop music history. If you like his earlier work you will probably never like this but for funk and soul fans this is a real treasure.

maningrey @ london school of sound