Artist: Jeff Buckley Song: Hallelujah – cover of a Leonard Cohen song Where & when: 13 May 1995 at Cabaret Metro in Chicago
during his ‘Mystery White Boy‘ tour
Today, 17 November, is Jeff Buckley‘s birthday. He would have turned 53,
but unfortunately drowned on 29th May 1997, 22 years ago, in Wolf River
Harbor on the Mississippi River while having an evening swim.
Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…
20 October 2019
The late great JEFF BUCKLEY had his last recording session on 13 September 1996, one year before he died by drowning. One of the songs involved was titled ‘SKY BLUE SKIN’, a vintage Buckley meditation. It was one of the most sought-after rarities in the musician’s back catalogue, before it got a proper release as part of a new collection celebrating 25 years since the release of his only studio album ‘Grace’ back in August. An animated clip for the song, put together by animation studio Temple Cache, making use of images from sketchbooks and lyrics has been shared online now.
Last week, on 23 August, the magnificent debut (and also his final) album ‘GRACE’ by the late great JEFF BUCKLEY turned 25. To celebrate this birthday Columbia Records issued lots of unreleased material of the stirring, regretted singer/songwriter.
First of all an unheard demo of ‘Sky Blue Skin’. A song recorded at his final
studio session on September 13th, 1996. Listen here to the intimate musing…
Also a clip for ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’, one of Grace‘s arresting
beauties with previously unseen Jeff Buckley footage. See it here…
To make the celebration complete Columbia Records put no less
than 4 live albums online via Spotify. Here are the links to stream…
The late great JEFF BUCKLEY released GRACE his debut album, actually his only proper studio LP, 25 years ago today, on 23 Augustus 1994. A heavily emotional album with Buckley’s characteristic touching vox as one of the main instruments for his introspective and intimate inner journeys. Compelling, captivating and passionate from start to finish. Initially, the LP was largely ignored and peaked at number #149 in the U.S. but slowly but surely critical acclaim build up. Eventually Grace had sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
ALL MUSIC wrote: “Jeff Buckley was many things, but humble wasn’t one of them. Grace is an audacious debut album, filled with sweeping choruses, bombastic arrangements, searching lyrics, and above all, the richly textured voice of Buckley himself, which resembled a cross between Robert Plant, Van Morrison, and his father Tim. Grace sounds like a Led Zeppelin album written by an ambitious folkie with a fondness for lounge jazz.” Score: 5/5