Tim Buckley – 1969

Before, I continue England’s change into a shape-shifting neo-folk sound in the ’70s lets catch up a little bit with how folk was changing in the West. After Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and the Byrd’s The Notorious Byrd Brothers new routes beyond psychedelia had to be found. Here are the ingenious ways some other artists found such paths:

Tim Buckley, dove deeply into Free Jazz and Soul music, with 1969’s masterpieces Happy Sad and Blue Monday culminating with future albums that I’ll talk about soon enough:


Tom Rapp’s Pearls Before Swine were transitioning from the psychedelic folk of One Nation Underground with Balaklava into the astral folk of These Things Too:


The Holy Modal Rounders’ brand of anti-folk went surprisingly melodic (in their own skewed way of course):


Skip Spence showed in many ways the death of Flower Power and West-Coast Psych by going on the lam from sanity and Moby Grape to create his slow descent into the progressive folk release OAR:


now even West-Coast music was feeling the effect of English folk-rock:


tomorrow, I’ll go back to England to see how the ’70s were hearkening a change to their new styles of folk music.