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 Tim Buckley.

Tim Buckley opens the procedings © Nigel Barton


     This show was apparently released as a bootleg called  Return of the Starsailor . which is very good indeed , surprisingly it is mostly free of audience chatter. Why surprisingly ? well , unfortunately, hardly anyone was taking much notice of the band on-stage.
     At this time Buckley was attempting to resurrect his career, with an new electric band but this performance was largely received with some indifference by the audience who were busy settling themselves in for the day or entering the arena .As the first act Buckley was perceived as a warm up artist rather than a major league act. A great pity, as he once was a force to be reckoned with and very well known in the UK. 
     However, since this was his first UK show since 1968, it is perhaps not surprising that he was greeted as an unknown entity. This was also his last UK performance, within a year he was dead of a heroin overdose - another casualty to add to the Rock industry's prestigious and still growing list of OD's

     The photograph opposite is of Buckley at Knebworth in 1974 and was kindly supplied by Rob Grout .


Set list.  Taken from the boot
Return of the Starsailor

Intro/vocal warm-up (2'02")
Nighthawkin' (6'17")
Dolphins (4'16")
Get on top (4'26")
Devil eyes (6'34")
Buzzin' fly (5'43")
Sweet surrender (7'38")
Honey man (12'17")


Photo courtesy of Henry Cobbold, Knebworth House.

      Buckley was on good form, the Impro track is particularly interesting, its part of a track, mostly scat singing and this portion of the song lasts four minutes or so. The tape- like most of the ones from Knebworth- is of good quality, but marred by the wind , which causes mic noise or fluctuations in sound levels.

Most of the songs played were from the Greetings from LA album.


Tim Buckley : Vocal , guitar.

Art Johnson : Guitar

Jim Fielder : Bass

Mark Tiernan : Keyboards

Buddy Helm : Drums


Just picked up on the amazing performance by Tim at an unearthly hour. We were aware of Tim as a 60s folk artist, so it came asa big suprise when Tim arrived with this eletric band to play some white hot sexed-up soul music!! Certainly blew most of us away...I can remember the rest of the acts were pale in comparison. About 5 years ago
I finally picked up a boot of the gig...not a bad recording, but to be there was the thing!

Pete Creekelly

© Nigel Barton

There is some 8mm footage of part of Tim's set but unfortunately it has no sound and is also of very variable quality. I've included a few stills here , these are the best images I could get from around 10 minutes of footage. Thanks to Geoff Clout for the chance to view the footage.

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