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Tim Buckley: Dream Letter — Live In London 1968

Martin Aston, Q, July 1990

FOR ANY ADMIRER of Tim Buckley's unique talent, this double live album taken from his London debut in 1968 (at Queen Elizabeth Hall) comes right out of the heavenly blue, having escaped even the bootleggers' grasp. It's probably too late to rescue the singer from the cult corner afforded those who led their expectant public a merry dance and then died young (at 28, of a heroin/morphine snowball Buckley mistook for cocaine) but Dream Letter should encourage the greater reappraisal that This Mortal Coil's inspired reading of 'Song To The Siren' began in 1984.

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