Jeff Buckley

July 15, 2005

Jeff Buckley was the guitar player’s singer/songwriter, and Grace was his masterwork. Jimmy Page called it, “the best thing I’ve heard all year” in 1994, and it stands as one of the decade’s most influential albums. Underneath Buckley’s soaring vocals and romantic songwriting was a beautiful bed of Telecaster tones drenched in delicious Fender reverb. Unfortunately, Grace was the only studio album Buckley—the prodigal son of cult favorite Tim Buckley—fully realized before his tragic drowning death in 1997. The Legacy Edition of Grace sparkles in the light of a modern mastering job, and is accompanied by a disc of Grace-era rarities and a DVD. The most notable previously unreleased audio track is the fabled version of “Forget Her,” recorded during the Grace sessions and featuring a rare overdriven guitar solo with string bends wrenched straight from the gut. Buckley brandishes authentic electric and acoustic slide blues chops on Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway” and Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” respectively, while the reworked “Eternal Life” and a cover of the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams” rock as hard as anything from the grunge era. The DVD contains an insightful “Making of Grace” segment, as well as five videos. Columbia. —Jimmy Leslie

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