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5.0 out of 5 stars Enraptured, December 13, 2004
R. J MOSS (Alice Springs, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dream Letter (Double CD) (Audio CD)
'Dream Letter' finds Buckley in majestic form and is a crystalline live recording, issued long after his unfortunate premature death. Buckley's tenor voice is too tough, too lived in to be regarded as angelic.Simply, his entry into my world was a stunning, uplifting shock. I bought all his albums and was surprised at each station he paused at. He had no peers. And none followed, until the uncanny emergence of his son. Inevitably, most listeners coming to Buckley will do so through the filter of his son, Jeff, who also died prematurely through misadventure. Lee Underwood, (who plays here and on all the early Tim discs)who's written an affectionate biography of Tim provides the liner notes for this astounding concert - given that the artist was a mere 21. In his book, Underwood is dismissive of the son and a sense of acrimony attends his remarks. Comparisons between father and son continue, given the dark echoing of their fates. Tim, of course, has left more record of his prodigious gifts and, thus,is the more 'resolved' artist. I feel more drawn into his work, more transported. The reworking of songs from the epigymous debut album and from 'Hello/Goodbye' are brilliant, as is the take on 'Dolphins'which would eventually find its way onto 'Sefronia'. The Civil War ballad,'Wayfaring Stranger' is given ecstatic treatment, an apotheosis compared with 'Sixteen Horsepowers' on'Secret South' or Kev Russell's secular version on 'Junker'(to cite two recent takes).Later, his brush with Lorca and Kafka would yield the depths of 'Blue Afternoon', whose 'River' is permanently etched in my mind. My leaning for the later work is towards the funky sexuality of,'Greetings From LA'.