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Album Reviews
April, 2001


The Dream Belongs To Me

Archive treats galore. Starsailor should sue...

out of ten

by April Long

Coming hot on the heels of the comprehensive Morning Glory anthology, Manifesto's effort to add yet another exclamation mark to Buckley's legacy might seem superfluous. However, Buckley's tunes get hotter as he gets colder - and the more dust that has accumulated on his recordings, the more interesting they become.

The first six tracks - previously released on the Internet-only Works In Progress - were recorded as demos for Happy Sad in 1968 and include wildly different versions of Sing A Song For You and Buzzin' Fly, as well as two songs which evolved into the ten-minute Love From Room 109 At The Islander.

Most notable, however, is Buckley's restrained treatment of Song To The Siren, which resurfaced with lyrical alterations (he decided that maybe "I'm as puzzled as the oyster" wasn't such a great line after all) on 1971's masterpiece Starsailor.

The second group of songs are sketches for 1973's Sefronia LP, widely agreed to be Buckley's most over-produced and underwhelming effort. These deceivingly complete-sounding versions actually emerge as superior to their later incarnation, as Buckley's voice is given more space to perform its renowned somersaults.

There are also two songs - The Dream Belongs To Me and Falling Timber - which have never been released in any form. Not so much a greedy addition to Buckley glut, then, as a fleshing-out of a story that still harbors tantalizing mysteries.

© Long/New Musical Express

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