DVD Review ? Tim Buckley: My Fleeting House

Tim Buckley

My Fleeting House

MVD Visual (DR-4566)

Grade: *****

This release has a treasure trove of footage for Buckley fans ? 14 TV performances, all but two previously unavailable on DVD, from a 1967 appearance on ?The Monkees? (?Song to the Siren?) to a 1974 spot on the U.K. music show ?Old Gray Whistle Test? (?The Dolphins?), a year before his death.

Linking the performances are interviews with those who worked with Buckley (Larry Beckett, who co-wrote songs with Buckley, and Lee Underwood, Buckley?s guitarist, and the two also provide album-by-album critiques as one of the DVD?s extras), and David Browne, author of the acclaimed ?Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley.?

But it?s the performances that are the star exhibit here, and they?re all wonderfully evocative, from Buckley?s folkie beginnings (his ?Monkees? appearance sees him solely accompanied by his acoustic guitar), to his later years, especially after the release of 1970?s Starsailor, which saw him incorporating other musical ? and non-rock ? instrumentation.

The between-songs banter showcases more of Buckley?s low-key personality, as when he politely fields questions during ?The Steve Allen Show? about his hairstyle from a woman with a teased bouffant (?It?s groovy!? she finally exclaims). Best of all, there?s a ?Performances Only? playback option. A must for Buckley fans.

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