The magnificent ’60s singer-songwriter Tim Buckley has a new album slated for release later this month, which is a real treat for fans because, well, Buckley died nearly 35 years ago.
A cult favorite much like his son the late Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley’s musical explorations veered far away from the road most traveled – and we’re all better for it.
The new album, “Live from the Folklore Center, NYC,” was recorded back on March 6, 1967 at Izzy Young’s renowned hub of the ’60s NYC folk revival. The disc features six songs which have never been released on any of Buckley’s recordings. And the album is slated for release on Tuesday, August 25 on Tompkins Square Records.
If you can’t wait til then, give a listen to one of those vintage (obviously) previously unreleased Tim Buckley tracks, “What Do You Do (He Never Saw You),” courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Somewhere in between Goethe and Randy Newman, director/screenwriter Brian De Palma teamed up with songwriter/actor Paul Williams to concoct this 1974 cacophonous cinematic deconstruction of “Faust”-meets-“Phantom of the Opera.”
As the devilish Swan (portrayed by Williams) explains to a gaggle of reporters at a press conference, “It’s an opera, a kind of pop cantata. It tells the story of a young man who sells his soul to the devil to become a pop star. It will be the first rock version of ‘Faust.'”
And yes, apparently the film is supposed to be a contemporary (for ’74) rock & roll rendition, but with music penned by Williams – the composer of “Theme From the Love Boat,” the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and the recent stage musical “Happy Days: The Musical” – the rockin’ never really gets started.
The tag line on the DVD cover proclaims the film to be “the most highly acclaimed horror phantasy of our time,” but I have no idea whose time they’re actually talking about. So ridiculously over the top, the film seems to make a run for the midnight movie circuit, and at times it’s clearly a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” wanna-be.
Chockful of delightfully awful scenery-chewing acting and incredibly over-cooked dialogue (“The karma is so bad around here you need an Aqualung to breathe,” for example), it’s no surprise that the film was panned by reviewers.
The best thing about this movie? The voice-over narration at the beginning of the film – by an uncredited Rod Serling.
So what is it?
A horror musical comedy?
Keenly observed satire?
A total trainwreck?
Well, maybe it’s all of those things. But one thing is for sure – it’s a hoot and a half.
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