An excellent live recording which has Tim free from the studio and interacting with those around. It is a pity that it has taken so long for this to be found as aspects of Tim solo are v diff than those on 'Dream Letter'. Dolphins is great but so are some of the other tracks.
If you are a Tim Buckley fan and discounted this release as scraping the barrel just for release sake, think again. This is fantastic! And if you think you got to knowing and understanding Tim's genius, this will open new doors of discovery and excitment. This live gem was recorded 3 months before he entered the studio for 'Goodbye and Hello' in June '67, so it is a delight to hear his songs like, 'Phantasmagoria in two' , 'I never asked to be your mountain, 'No man can find the war' and 'Carnival song' being played completely stripped. The most striking thing for me about this whole release which one never really got to hear and realise before, is what an incredible fingerstylist Tim Buckley was. It is evident on the songs especially from his first album such as, "Song for Jainie' and 'Aren't you the girl'. He tears through them with such amazing precision which makes you think, why didn't he play like that on later albums?
The biggest surprise for any fan are the six unreleased songs, especially 'Cripples Cry' and 'What do you do (He never saw you)'. His vocal is on form and epitomises his youthful "Irish Tenor" phase of his career. For me the only drawback of the whole concert, is the girl who coughs during one of Tim's priceless performances in 'Cripple Cry'. This is the best live discovery since Dream Letter - 'Live in London '68.
The rare for the rare - this is the third official live Tim Buckley album which I have purchased and it is the earliest recording of Mr Buckley senior at the tender age of just 20. Whilst this album may not always hit the vocal range of "Dream Letter" and "Honey Man" this is a uniquely precious gift to Tim's fans and the previously unheard tracks of "Country Boy" and "Leave You Loving Me" illustrate why I am probably not alone in believing that one is listening to possibly the greatest popular singer who ever walked this fragile earth. Go on Jeff Buckley fans give yourself a treat and listen to Jeff's father, the king of the troubadours !
As a great Tim Buckley admirer for a years,I am glad that this maby,his very first live recordings see a light of day.He was only 20years old,when this session recorded in New your,but everything that makes Tim great is present. His extraordinary voice,guitar playing,songs,athmosphere,all is here.He's performance sounds beautiful,pasionate,powerful,with a great sence for audience.And he was only 20! Sound quality is excellent,package nice,and linear notes very informative. absolutely recommended for all Tim's funs,and for those who cares for music that is timeless.