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Dream Letter: Live in London 1968

Tim BuckleyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008FO9J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Buzzin' Fly
3. Phantasmagoria in Two
4. Morning Glory
5. Dolphins
6. I've Been Out Walking
7. The Earth Is Broken
8. Who Do You Love
9. Pleasant Street/You Keep Me Hanging On
Disc: 2
1. Love from Room 109/Strange Feelin'
2. Carnival Song/Hi Lily, Hi Lo
3. Hallucinations
4. Troubadour
5. Dream Letter/Happy Time
6. Wayfaring Stranger/You Got Me Runnin'
7. Once I Was

Editorial Reviews

This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1990 release in the fat double jewel case. Still sealed.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE POWER AND SPARK OF LIVE PERFORMANCE March 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was never privileged to hear Tim Buckley perform live (the one chance I had, and missed, turned out to be the last show he ever played) - I've been a fan since I heard his first album in 1966, and I've marveled at the changes and growth his art undertook over the years. His incredible intellect and yearning for exploration and expansion sometimes left fans behind - but those left in the dust were usually those who weren't willing to take the leap of faith he asked of them with his music. The ones who hung in there were in for the musical journey of a lifetime.
This album surfaced several years after Tim's untimely death - and it's a sparkling jewel that reflects the bright spark that was Buckley's creative spirit. The songs here are from GOODBYE AND HELLO (1967), HAPPY SAD (1969), LORCA (1970), BLUE AFTERNOON (1970), a great live version of Fred Neil's `Dolphins' (a cornerstone of many of Tim's live shows, which finally appeared on SEFRONIA (1973), and several tunes that were never recorded elsewhere. Stylistically, most of the concert leans toward the HAPPY SAD and BLUE AFTERNOON studio recordings, but with the freedom to improvise much greater here than in the confines of a recording studio. The mix of songs from various albums is a treat - especially hearing the solo versions of some tunes, and the jazzy (a la HAPPY SAD and BLUE AFTERNOON) treatments of some of the ones originally given more straight-ahead `folk-rock' arrangements on GOODBYE AND HELLO.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album of all time? July 29, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I'd say yes. Most live records are little more than souvenirs for converted fans. "Dream Letter" is something else entirely: the single finest piece of product you can buy with Tim Buckley's name on it, whether you're a newcomer or a longtime fanantic. Stylistically, it splits the difference between the "Goodbye & Hello" and "Happy Sad" albums, but it's superior to both. The song selection is wonderful, Tim's voice is in full, soaring form and the band--including the great British bassist Danny Thompson--are beautifully in tune with Buckley's muse. It's so gorgeous and essential that it just about demolishes me every time I play it. You really, really, really need to hear this.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VOICE LIKE NO OTHER February 3, 2000
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I "discovered" Tim Buckley only after hearing his sad and beautiful voice on the song "Once I Was" during the closing scene of the film "Coming Home." By that time, Buckley's music was hard to find, and many hours were spent in used record stores searching for anything available.
Thankfully, many of his recordings were later released on CD, including this tour de force of the young and extraordinarily gifted singer mesmerizing an audience in London.
Tim Buckley was an artist whose style was as broad as his vocal range. This is a jazz concert, a folk concert, a rock concert, and at times all three styles were evident within a single song.
Buckley is a prime example of the voice being an instrument, of the belief that these sounds were coming from an otherworldly source and Tim was merely the medium through whom they passed. Nobody could possibly sing the way he did.
His playfulness and his free form stream-of-conscienceness permeate the songs. Every track is excellent. "Buzzin' Fly," "Once I Was," and "Dolphins" are standouts. This is an experience not to be missed.
The backing band is solid, but in truth, Tim Buckley probably could have performed a capella and created a sound nearly as full.
This is a "must have" for any true fan of great music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Courageous and Gifted Voice I've Ever Heard August 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When you listen to this album it's hard to listen to any other singer for a while. Not only does Tim Buckley have a fantastic, almost unbelievable range, but he is heart-breakingly fearless in his use of it. He uses his voice as an instrument like no singer I have ever heard, and he has a what-the-hell-let's-try-it approach,experimental as a jazz musician. Quite an interesting and unique lyricist as well; hard to believe he's 19 years old in this concert. His sound is sometimes so passionate and so beautiful - for example in the final medley (you keep me hanging on)- that I swear he is in direct contact with a divine power.This album will change your beliefs about what the human voice is capable of doing. Thank god for Tim Buckley and whoever recorded this concert, as he's so much better live! (The liner notes for this album provide an excellent introduction and background on TB's career.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, simply amazing March 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered Tim Buckley when I was in High School--maybe a freshman, in about '65 or'66. Believe it or not, he did a guest bit at the end of "The Monkees" one night. I can't recall the song, but I do recall the performance. Buckley got inside of the performance more than anyone I had ever seen. He became the song. His concentration was intense. I somehow found his recordings, and collected all of them as they were released--no mean task in Lynchburg, VA in the early '60s.
I actually got to see him perform at the Mosque in Richmond VA in about '71 or '72. He was the warm-up act for a Zappa (sans Mothers) concert. Zappa was fine, but Buckley was stellar. It was shortly after the "Letter from LA" recording, and his vocal acrobatics were amazing.
Then he died. In about '89 I stumbled upon "Dream Letter," and is was just that for me. It came from out of my past, but it still had a freshness and originality about it that is stunning. The guitar work is wonderful--both lead and rhythm. Lee Underwood was an excellant guitarist, who accented much of what Buckley sang. His liner notes are quite insightful, as well. As a bassist, I thoroughly enjoy listening to Danny Thompson, who was in The Pentangle at that time, falling in with unfamiliar material. I've played pick up gigs quite a bit, and Thompson covered the gig very well.
The most remarkable song, to me, on the album is "Wayfaring Stranger." I listened to it just the other day, and I was mesmerized. Once again, Buckley's commitment to performing his material is what came through for me, after all of these years.
The only problem I have with the recording is the tuning. I'm a stickler for tuning, but on the other hand, Buckley was wailing the hell out of all 12 strings of his guitar. Buy this CD--you won't regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dream Letter CD
The CD was defective. When played makes crackling sounds throughout, very disappointed had to purchase from iTunes, so it cost me twice the price.
Published 12 months ago by Daniel Bellanca
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim's most complete performance
I've been a fan since his first release when I was just moving from short trousers into longer ones! Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. A. Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally merely average, but a few tracks stand out
DREAM LETTER is a live recording of a Tim Buckley concert in London in October 1968. The great singer-songwriter had just released his second album GOODBYE AND HELLO the previous... Read more
Published on May 30, 2011 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!
The 1st time I listened to this album I was hooked. Had his album 'Greetings from LA' for many years and loved his voice. Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by Hugh C. Fathers
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasmagorical....
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... Read more
Published on August 13, 2007 by S J Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing As If You Are Singing to the Angels
Tim Buckley shines on this live 2 hour set and this was his first performance in London. Sounds like it was a remarkable show. Read more
Published on June 30, 2007 by Chris G.
5.0 out of 5 stars want to hear a great singer?
Tim Buckley is a voice to be reckoned with. There's no two ways about it: it's his voice or it's the highway. Read more
Published on February 20, 2007 by Nathan Pease
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckley's Best
Dream Letter: Live in London finds Tim Buckley at the height of his powers. Recorded October 7, 1968 at Queen Elizabeth Hall when he was 21, this musical chameleon, whose short but... Read more
Published on January 27, 2007 by Jim Doss
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional overload
The finest Live album I have heard in my short 38 years of life, emotion and vitality that will have you thinking, was this really recorded almost 30 Years ago. Read more
Published on April 11, 2006 by A. R. Amson
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocal Tour de Force
The late singer Tim Buckley left brief, but very strong catalog of music before his untimely demise in the mid-70's. Read more
Published on December 13, 2005 by S. Finefrock
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Question about liner notes
My liner copy's notes are in correct order. I note that if the double paged sheet containing pages 2-4 is flipped over, you would get the sequence you indicate.
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