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Solo in New Jersey 1992 [no label, 2CD]
Live in East Orange, NJ @ WFMU - The Music Faucet; October 11, 1992. Excellent stereo.
The month this studio live performance was played was the same October that Jeff Buckley finally signed to a major record label. After playing from April to October 1992, honing his skills, playing solo with a borrowed guitar, doing a tonne of covers, Buckley decided on Columbia Records. It was a three-album deal. Buckley only delivered one. He drowned in an accident in 1997.
Only one song he recorded for his only album, Grace, can be found here. It is the cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Done with more introspection than gospel shout this evening. Unforgiven performed here, is an early version of Last Goodbye which made it to Grace.
In the studio, Buckley preferred to play covers from Hank Williams to Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and the final two songs off the Elton John album Captain Fantastic. We All Fall In Love Sometimes and Curtains are given a funeral pace, played solo without the “big sound” found on Elton’s version. He followed these with a vastly different, untraditional reading of Dink’s Song and closes the show with an acapella rendition of Benjamin Britten’s Corpus Christi Carol. The man could sing. Mostly, he sang sad songs or sang songs “sadly”.
No wonder then that RandyBayers, who shared this show from his Buckley collection, said this:
“This is one of my absolute favorite JB recordings. I’ve probably listened to this one more than any other… absolutely essential.”
You’ll never forget Jeff Buckley. All the Buckley interviews from the radio show are left intact. Thanks RandyBayers.
- The Little Chicken
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Track 101. Lost Highway (Hank Williams) [8:33] (14.4MB)
Track 102. Eternal Life [6:01] (10.1MB)
Track 103. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Percy Mayfield) [4:05] (6.9MB)
Track 104. The Way Young Lovers Do (Van Morrison) [5:13] (8.8MB)
Track 105. Satisfied Mind (Joe Hayes/Jack Rhodes)/Interview [8:31] * (14.3MB)
Satisfied Mind is omitted as it has been officially released, only the Interview remains.
Track 106. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) [7:02] (11.8MB)
Track 107. Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind (Bob Dylan) [3:42] (6.2MB)
Track 201. Interview/Alligator Wine (L. Lieber/J. Stoller) [5:34] (9.4MB)
Track 202. Interview/Calling You (Robert Telson/Jevetta Steele) [4:59] (8.4MB)
Track 203. Unforgiven (early version of Last Goodbye) [5:26] (9.2MB)
204. We All Fall In Love Sometimes (Elton John) - Omitted*
Track 205. Curtains (Elton John/Bernie Taupin) [7:50] (13.2MB)
Track 206. Interview/Dink’s Song (Traditional/John Lomax) [8:27] (14.2MB)
Track 207. Corpus Christi Carol (acapella) (Benjamin Britten) [2:55] (4.9MB)
* Satisfied Mind available on Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk).
We All Fall In Love Sometimes available on My Sister’s Keeper OST.
Jeff Buckley made one album in his lifetime, Grace. He started recording in the middle of 1993 and Grace was completed and released in August 1994. Buy it here.
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