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EDITORS’ NOTES

As of 2009, Jeff Buckley’s legacy is firmly established among his hardcore cult following who have been treated to exhaustive archeological digs of his recorded works. He died young and didn’t leave as much behind as his audience would prefer. Since supply cannot meet demand, his every note becomes all the more significant. This collection takes his lone finished album, Grace, and presents it as a live performance with renditions from Europe, MTV specials and anywhere else a decent recording showed up. Buckley approached his work as an improviser and performed his material with an elastic reality that enabled the songs to transform themselves as the moment revealed. “Mojo Pin” could last twelve minutes, while Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” could expand over seven. Songs such as “Last Goodbye,” “Dream Brother” and “Eternal Life” only have their meaning and impact deepened by the ensuing years. Buckley was a young artist just finding his way. His ambitious dreams were often still sketches of a greater work he envisioned in his mind.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As of 2009, Jeff Buckley’s legacy is firmly established among his hardcore cult following who have been treated to exhaustive archeological digs of his recorded works. He died young and didn’t leave as much behind as his audience would prefer. Since supply cannot meet demand, his every note becomes all the more significant. This collection takes his lone finished album, Grace, and presents it as a live performance with renditions from Europe, MTV specials and anywhere else a decent recording showed up. Buckley approached his work as an improviser and performed his material with an elastic reality that enabled the songs to transform themselves as the moment revealed. “Mojo Pin” could last twelve minutes, while Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” could expand over seven. Songs such as “Last Goodbye,” “Dream Brother” and “Eternal Life” only have their meaning and impact deepened by the ensuing years. Buckley was a young artist just finding his way. His ambitious dreams were often still sketches of a greater work he envisioned in his mind.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

28 Ratings

Absolutely amazing!

AnonymousReviewer1191,

Jeff Buckley has been my music inspiration for years and years. For people who do not know his amazing music, give him a listen. He died in 1997, it was a great loss. When his band was flying to record his second album he went out for an afternoon swim in Wolf River. Well that river sunk him in and he drowned May 29th, 1997. He didn't deserve to die but he left us some beautiful music behind and each time they release something new from him, all the hardcore fans like me have to get it in an instant. His music is touching and his voice is one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. He is definitely amazing live and you should check his other live tracks, his debut-album "Grace" and the sketches to what was supposed to be his second album, "Sketches For My Sweetheart, The Drunk".

Wonderful album!

ScotchGirl,

I'm so happy that this album was created! I've listened to Grace enough to know that we truly lost a very talented musician and singer. I'll be sure to play these recordings endlessly for a long time to come!

About Jeff Buckley

Since he was the son of cult songwriter Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley faced more expectations and preconceived notions than most singer/songwriters. Perhaps it wasn't surprising that Jeff Buckley's music was related to his father's by only the thinnest of margins. Buckley's voice was grand and sweeping, which fit with the mock-operatic grandeur of his Van Morrison-meets-Led Zeppelin music. His audacious debut, Grace, made him one of the most popular alternative artists of the '90s, accentuated by his early and tragic death in 1997, and his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" virtually redefined the song for a modern audience.

Buckley began playing while in high school. Eventually, he moved to Los Angeles to study music; while he was there, he performed with several jazz and funk bands, as well as playing with Shinehead, a leader in the dancehall reggae movement. A few years later, he moved to New York, forming Gods & Monsters with the experimental guitarist Gary Lucas. The band became a hip name, yet its lifespan was short. Buckley began a solo career playing clubs and coffee houses, building up a considerable following. Soon, he signed a record deal with Columbia Records, releasing the Live at Sin-e EP in November of 1993. It received good reviews, yet they didn't compare to the raves Buckley's full-length debut, 1994's Grace, received. Unlike the EP, the album was recorded with a full band, which gave the record textures that surprised some of his longtime New York followers. Nevertheless, it made several year-end "Best of 1994" lists and earned him a belated alternative hit, "Last Goodbye," in the spring of 1995.

A long hiatus followed as Buckley worked on material for his follow-up effort, provisionally titled My Sweetheart the Drunk. Originally slated to be produced by Tom Verlaine, who later dropped out of the project, Buckley finally began work on the record in Memphis during the late spring of 1997. On the night of May 29, he and a friend traveled to the local Mud Island Harbor, where Buckley spontaneously decided to go swimming in the Mississippi River and waded into the water fully clothed. A few minutes later, he disappeared under the waves; authorities were quickly contacted, but to no avail -- on June 4, his body was finally found floating near the city's famed Beale Street area. Buckley was 30 years old. A collection of unreleased recordings, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, appeared in 1998, and two live albums arrived during 2000-2001, Mystery White Boy and Live a l'Olympia. Over the next decade and a half, other posthumous records appeared -- the compilation So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley in 2007, the live album Grace Around the World in 2009 -- but the biggest excavation from the vaults was 2016's You and I, which presented cover versions the singer/songwriter had recorded early in his career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Anaheim, CA
  • BORN
    Nov 17, 1966

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