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Dream Letter

1 Jan. 1990 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1990
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1990
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Manifesto Records
  • Copyright: (c) 1990 Bizarre/Straight Records
  • Total Length: 1:56:32
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  • ASIN: B002GJX1UE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,213 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Live albums are rarely a good idea. Posthumously released live albums are invariably a terrible idea - usually the stuff of nightmares and capable of inflicting grievous damage on an artist's reputation. This is an exception. Far from tainting Buckley's already legendary status, Dream Letter is more than capable, on its own, of completely justifying it.

Ironically this 2 hour complete recording of Buckley's first ever British gig was never intended for release and the tapes remained lost until 15 years after Buckley's death. Thank heaven they were found because this album is essential listening for any Tim fan, or indeed anyone who loves music.

Most of the songs are from Buckley's first three albums, although there are several unreleased songs and two songs that later turned up on Blue Afternoon and Sefronia. All the songs are much better here than in their studio versions (with the possible exception of the opener Buzzin' Fly), the arrangements are spare but gorgeous and Tim's voice has never sounded better - a rich, soaring, beautiful instrument of unparalleled power and subtlety. In addition the whole set is beautifully recorded.

Of the unreleased songs Troubadour is the highlight. It's a fine companion piece to the preceding Hallucinations and as fine a song as Buckley wrote in his early phase. There are some odd moments too - Strange Feelin' and Carnival Song are almost completely different songs to the studio recordings with the same names. The first of these is another highlight, incidentally.

With the continued inexplicable absence of Starsailor from the CD shelves, Dream Letter is probably the best Buckley album currently available. An essential purchase for Buckley fans and a fantastic introduction for newcomers. Indispensable.
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This is Tim Buckley at his best. The ever developing artist is captured on the transition from the folk-rock stage of 'Goodbye and Hello' to the more Jazzy 'Happy/Sad'. This means that the performance includes Jazzy improvised versions of songs from 'Goodbye', the comparison of which to the studio versions reveals the genius of Buckley and his total commitment to artistic growth. Buckley's Powerful vocals and inspired lyrics lead the music to unique magical heights. In all but two tracks he is aided by the guitar of Lee Underwood, who played with Tim regularly until 1970, and contributed linear notes here. Also playing here is the resourceful Danny Thompson of Pentangle on double bass and David Friedman on vibes. the partially improvised arrangements create a drifting and soaring atmosphere which lures the listener into Buckley's unique world. This is probably the best introduction to the music of Tim Buckley, and a gem for those who already have the studio albums.
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By A Customer on 8 April 2003
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Tim Buckley is on great form here. Highlights are definately 'Morning Glory', 'Once I Was' and 'Love From Room 109' which are all goose bump inducing. This is the one of the greatest live albums ever and an exceptional document of the best of Tim Buckley's folky, jazzy side before his brave and outstanding trip into a more jazz and avant garde area of his muse. Terrific. Up there with Happy/Sad, Lorca and Starsailor as his best work.
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Firstly, the music on this release is great - Tim Buckley at his absolute best, however i'm writing this to warn anyone who may consider buying the Manifesto vinyl reissue from 2011 not to bother - it's appalling.

* The song "Phantasmogoria In Two" appears on record 1 side 1
twice in a row (tracks 3 and 4)
* The applause after "The Earth Is Broken" fades out, only to
abruptly return to full volume just before "Who Do You Love" starts
* The pressing is off center on one side

Manifesto's non-existant quality control has ruined what should have been a great vinyl reissue.
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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2007
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This makes a great introduction to the mercurial talents of the late Tim Buckley. A live concert recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1968, this double CD contains many of his best songs up to this date, including "Buzzin' Fly", "Morning Glory" and "Troubadour". The band is quite unusual Buckley plays 12 string accoustic Guitar, Lee Underwood Lead Guitar, Danny Thompson Bass and David Friedman Vibraphone. It this last instrument thats adds something completely different to the overall sound.

The performances are impassioned and Buckley's vocals are frequently astounding. No more so than on his magical cover of Fred Neil's "Dolphins". When he starts singing the song "Sometimes I think about Saturdays child" you know are listening to something very special (of course it helps that it is a great song). I never get tired of listening this performance.

The CD's come with some interesting notes by Lee Underwood which are well worth reading.
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This is an amazing live album - must be one of the altime Top 5. His singing is absolutely masterly, full of expression and sincerity and not afraid to experiment. His backing band play it just right, never smoothering THAT VOICE but providing the right colour and textures that the songs cry out for. Remember that Tim was just 21 years old when this was recorded - incredible but true! I can't think of any popular singer around today who would even dare try and produce music of this quality and honesty - especially in a live situation. It has to be said that between 1965-70 the years were indeed golden!

Lets hope that one day all of Tim's recordings will be remixed and rediscovered for all to hear.
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