Dream Belongs to Me features rare studio recordings folk
hero Tim Buckley recorded during two different periods
of his career—in 1968 after his acclaimed second album,
Goodbye and Hello, and in 1973 after his funky late period
Greetings from L.A. album. The double vinyl package devotes
one LP to each.
first LP here features six tracks from the 1968 sessions
and finds Buckley branching out from his folkier early
work while maintaining their otherworldly quality. The
songs presented here made their way onto later albums—1969’s
Happy Sad (“Buzzin’ Fly” and “Sing a Song for You”), Blue
Afternoon from the same year (“Happy Time”), and 1970’s
Starsailor (“Song to the Siren”). Although Buckley ultimately
spreads the tracks over three different albums, here they
are all of a piece, a sublime portrait of an artist ready
to move beyond folk.
second LP of this set features songs that ultimately became
part of Buckley’s 1973 album, Sefronia. By this time,
Buckley had already fully made the transition from folk
to the more far-out jazz and avant garde sounds that would
define the latter part of his career. His unmistakable
vocal prowess is still front and center, but the musical
backdrops sashay between funky and jazzy.
title track here is new to this set, not featuring on
any Buckley album, and it’s a slice of bass-heavy quasi-funk
that takes to the sky on Buckley’s gigantic voice. And
“Falling Timber” skitters along at an upbeat tempo and
shows Buckley again stretching his giant chops in vocal
workout. Each album in this set represents a very different
side of Tim Buckley’s artistry.
each is essential to understanding who he was in sum.
Which makes The Dream Belongs to Me a wonderful complement
to his recorded legacy.