Buckley, the handsome Folk/Rock/Jazz/Soul/avant-garde singer/songwriter of the late 1960s/early 1970s, had a mesmerizing, multi-octave voice and introspective, melancholy-tinged songs that float in their own atmospherics.
He died young (age 28) of a drug overdose but his legacy has continued -- his now-deceased son, Jeff, also became an adventurous Pop singer in the 1990s. My Fleeting House collects video of Tim Buckley's intense, soulful performances on TV shows in the U.S. and Europe beginning with the haunting Song to the Siren performed solo in front of an old prop car on an episode of The Monkees and ending with his Rock version of Fred Neil's "The Dolphins" from Britain's Old Grey Whistle Test. The music is outstanding, even the difficult avant-garde stuff from the early 1970s sounds alluring now. But some of the DVD's extensive between-song interview segments -- especially with garrulous Buckley guitarist Lee Underwood, who repeats his points over and over -- are a bore that will have you hitting the fast-forward button. (Steven Rosen) Grade: B