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Songs to No One 1991-1992

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Editors’ Notes

Before venturing out as a solo singer/songwriter, Buckley worked with erstwhile Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas in the latter's band Gods and Monsters. Their perplexingly unsung partnership lasted less than a year, but this batch of demos, live recordings, and rehearsal tapes shows that the furiously inventive pair brought out the best in each other. Lucas's serpentine guitar licks and Buckley's agile voice entwine bewitchingly on early versions of tunes from Buckley's debut album ("Mojo Pin," "Grace") as well as hypnotic covers of Edith Piaf's "Hymne à l'amour" and the Porter Wagoner hit "A Satisfied Mind," plus several fascinating, nearly lost Buckley/Lucas originals.

Customer Reviews

Not everything needs to be destroyed by Timbaland

It's sad that any Jeff Buckley fan would bemoan a simple garage album, especially this one, which is more genius from two geniuses. I remember 1991 quite fondly; CDs were still a brand-new medium and all aspiring musicians did their thing in analog on 8-track mixers and half-inch tape. This is what demos sounded like back then. Kudos to those who decided that was the way this album should be released. If you want to listen to over-produced, synthetic pap, check out Leona Lewis. I, for one, love the "poor" sound quality of this recording. Not only is it pure and sincere, it's the kind of dichotomy I like: Old-school, gritty techniques capturing sounds still far ahead of their time.

Gone too soon

Jeff Buckley was the kind of musician who put himself out there EVERY time he played. If you got to watch him play you truely were blessed. Songs to no one is a nice transition from "grace" to "sketches". If you are able to, try and find the Grace EP (not the listed LP) or the Hard Luck, down under tour CD. it contains songs from the Hard Rock Cafe tours he and the boys did in Australia. For those who said they prefered the Grace CD to this, you fail to notice the hodge podge that was Grace. going from Corpus Christi Carol to Eternal Life is a bit of a shock to the system - a theme that keeps us hardcore JB fans listening to him even years now since his death. Jeff liked to experiement with his music, and just like current artists like Dave Matthews, no matter how many times he performed a song, it was never the same. If you like what you hear on I-tunes, expand your JB library by importing from Paris, Australia and Asia. When he was alive he was extremely popular in those areas. Moreso than in the USA, (which he only claimed some fame after his death.)

Overdubs?! Why?

Jeff Buckley was one of the most talented artists to ever have lived, and I hate that overdubs were put on some (if not all, but I only identified a few of them) of these songs! Listen to Satisfied Mind. It's beautiful, yes, but that is NOT the way he performed it. I watched a video of that exact performance at the Knitting Factory and there was no ambience or mystical sound behind the guitar. Just Jeff, beautiful and pure and honest, on his guitar. And in the EPK for this album, they even admit that She Is Free has overdubs. They say that is the only one, but it is not. I am disappointed in this album. Jeff and Gary had such great musical chemistry and now there are overdubs distracting the listener from the focal point of the songs-- of the album-- Jeff and Gary.

Biography

Born: 1952 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Gary Lucas was nine, his dad suggested he take up playing the guitar. Although he followed his dad's suggestion, Lucas focused more on the French horn that he played for his elementary-school band, and continued to play that instrument until getting kicked out of his high-school band. Lucas then focused wholly on the guitar, and played in various groups throughout the '60s. As a campus station music director during his second year at Yale, Lucas saw Captain Beefheart...
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