Tim Buckley followed the brilliant Happy Sad with another album later that same year - Blue Afternoon was recorded with the same musicians, and followed the same stylistic template as its predecessor. It was also his first self-produced record. However at the same time he was beginning to move into new, avant-garde musical territories, and reportedly it was quickly thrown together so he could put out another accessible record before he released what he knew would be more challenging material. He actually recorded another entirely different album during the same four weeks in the studio that produced Blue Afternoon.
Nevertheless it turned out to be a solid album. Though perhaps not as adventurous as Happy Sad, it retained the same calm, melancholy atmosphere and fluid, jazzy arrangements. One song stood out - the intense, edgy jazz-rock of "The Train" served as a prologue to the new style Buckley was already immersing himself in by the time of Blue Afternoon's release.
Happy Sad (1969) <|> Lorca (1969)
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