Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jeff Buckley: Grace Around The World - One-Hour Radio Special

Sorry that the frequency of posts here means that this blog has been living up to its title, which was never my intention. So in the interest of getting this out to you, let's keep it short and sweet today. Buckley. Grace. Radio. Rare. What more do you need to know? Except that the link is in the comments, and that you should leave one when you get it -- how about a reminiscence of the first time you encountered the music of Jeff Buckley? Enjoy.

12 comments:

  1. I was lucky enough to see Jeff touring Grace when he played at The Red Creek in Rochester, NY (it's mentioned in an authorized video, just can't remember the title) and there were literally only about 40 people there. His voice was magnificent and the band (which had just added Jeff's best friend on second guitar)was glued to him.
    I may be in very small company when I say that I saw and heard Tim AND Jeff live. As I approach 60 years old, I realize convergences like this are more common for me and less common and soon to be passed.

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  2. Duncan, thanks for your comment before the link was even posted! Yes, you're very fortunate to have seen Buckley pere et fils perform. I scoffed at my one chance to see Jeff, solo no less -- "Oh great, another son of a famous '60s musician!" -- before his first EP had even come out... words I would soon dearly regret!

    Anyway, HERE's the link to the radio show:


    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YY877ESP

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  3. I saw Jeff live in Albany (at Valentine's). There were maybe 50 or 60 there...must have been the same tour as Duncan saw, because soon after his career started taking off. I think I went purely on the buzz that was building; don't think I had heard him previously. Needless to say, it was a great show, JB was in superb voice and seemed like a really nice guy too. Oozed charisma, women in the crowd wee swooning (probably a few guys too)

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  4. Thank you for this post. Re. Grace; I like the combination/contrast of the Robert Plant-like vocal soarings and the sacred castrati side of Jeff as heard in the B. Britten song. And the influence of Gary Lucas is something to reckon with. Although I think my repeated listenings of the L. Cohen song may have sucked the life out of: a cautionary tale for others. Regret never seeing him live but at the time of the Grace tour I knew a concert promoter who brought him to Toronto and she testified to the fact that he lived life to the full, both ends burning, right down to the filter, down to the lees...

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  5. Can't wait to listen, thank you.

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  6. I also wanted to note that when he was here in Rochester, a friend of mine who was also at the show got talking with him, Jeff asked her if she knew any good studios around and the next day they were at GFI Studios in Webster, NY recording god knows what (I never found out anyway). From what I've heard this scenario was repeated all around the country throughout his short touring life leaving the possibility of more unknown cuts, finished, half finished, just demoed, whatever all around the country. Anyone else heard about this happening?

    When I went to see him I already had the Live @ Sine EP on vinyl & CD and Grace on CD. I had heard that he didn't like the comparisons to his Dad (but that seems NOT to be true as he took his Dad's last name for obvious reasons) but I made a point of speaking to him briefly and telling him that I had seen his Dad, also and I believed that his Dad would have enjoyed what he was doing. He seemed to take the statement just fine.

    Of all the post-Grace remains, I prefer his version of Leon Payne's Lost Highway above all.

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  7. Thanks
    I saw Tim, loved him. Heard Jeff on a call from a radio station singing Dylan, loved it.

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  8. another nice one! thanks so much for sharing it. you can look for my reminiscence to be published march 18, 2011. meanwhile, i appreciate your interesting archives as well as your willingness to spread the wealth.

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  9. Sorry can't provide a reminiscence...busy with Zappa for most of my youth!
    Age however has given me the ability to appreciate a wider range of musical talents.
    Thank you for adding to my experience.

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  10. I'm so looking forward to listening to your JB posting. I never saw Tim or Jeff Buckley perform live, but have found listening to their recorded music to be so engaging & memorable. There are only a few records that I've ever heard where I can still remember the exact time & place I first heard them. I can still remember first hearing Tim Buckley music playing in a friend's dorm room in the mid 60's & finding out who it was. It was so different from anything else I knew. I listened to TB alot back then, & found his death to be especially distressing. I later felt stand-offish with Jeff Buckley, but still was distressed all over again hearing of his passing. But over time I've latched on to JB more & more. I can't get over his song "Lover You Should Have Come Over."

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  11. could this excuisite material be uploaded again? thx!

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