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  • Audio CD (26 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Tv Projects
  • ASIN: B000NOK9YK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Last Goodbye
  2. "Lover, You Should've Come Over"
  3. Forget Her
  4. Eternal Life
  5. Dream Brother
  6. The Sky Is A Landfill
  7. Everybody Here Wants You
  8. So Real
  9. Mojo Pin
  10. Vancouver
  11. Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin
  12. Grace
  13. Hallelujah
  14. I Know It's Over

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Product Description

Import 14-track pressing features tracks from his two studio albums and includes two rarities, "So Real" (Live and Acoustic in Japan - non album version/ promo single) and "I Know it's Over" . (previously unreleased Smiths cover from a session at Sony Studios that was edited for broadcast on WNEW on April 6, 1995. It was not included on the radio broadcast.) Other highlights include "Last Goodbye", "Forget Her", "Everybody Here Wants You" and more. All of the tracks lifted from Grace are pulled from the remastered tracks that featured on the Legacy Edition. Sony. 2007.

Among the legions of rockers who died way too young--including Jeff Buckley's father, Tim--few have approached the artistic range and seemingly limitless potential on display here. In the decade since Buckley's death, there has been such a flood of posthumous releases that it might be hard to remember that he issued only a four-cut live EP and a studio debut album while he was alive. This anthology serves as an effective introduction for the initiate, showing how Buckley could rock with the slash-and-burn intensity of Led Zeppelin on "Eternal Life (Road Version)," turn rapturous with the reverie of "Lover, You Should've Come Over," and cover the likes of Edith Piaf ("Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin") and Leonard Cohen (his by now iconic transformation of "Hallelujah"). Completists will need this for the live versions of "So Real" and The Smiths' "I Know It's Over," previously unreleased commercially. Whether Buckley would ever have been able to balance the control that mature artistry requires and the ecstatic abandon that distinguished him, such raw talent continues to startle. --Don McLeese

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5 stars for the talent - zero stars for the exploitation

It's sad to remember that it's been 10 years - but this really isn't the right way to remember him - Grace was and is an iconic, brilliant album and Sketches has some truly brilliant songs too - but this compilation doesn't reflect that - we could all pick our favourites and ask why they're not there - why not Morning Theft ( made me cry the first time I heard it) or the Live version of Mojo Pin - the chocolate version - that is the best version of that song I've heard him do. Or Kashmir from Olympia just to show the lighter side.....

Unlike Grace this album doesn't flow, doesn't sum up the ecstasy and joy and misses the wicked sense of humour - I guess you'll have to buy all the albums to really get him - and then you'll probably miss something. For me, this is Mary getting still more out of him than she ever gave him......the one who made him so old is making money off him now...and the previously unreleased tracks won't make me buy it. I'll get them off iTunes - I've already got the rest.

Shame - there must be some stuff out there worth putting out that pays real tribute, not shallow exploitation like this. He would truly be turning in his grave.
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Unbelievably, it's a decade since great white hope Jeff Buckley wandered into the treacherous waters of the Wolf River, putting an end to the life and career of one of the most promising musicians to emerge during the 1990s.

He left behind one bewitching studio album - the pretty-much-peerless Grace, together with a brace of live EPs. His second album was still under construction, and the posthumously released Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk combined rough songwriter demos with more fully realised studio roughs. It showed a talent hungry to develop and evolve.

For an artist who has already been relentlessly packaged and repackaged since his death, this further anthology seems completely pointless. Grace is probably the best and most complete introduction to his work available: anyone who is drawn in that way is likely to swiftly collect the rest. Nevertheless, So Real is being marketed as an introduction to his music for those who've managed to stay out of the way of his mythos over the last decade, and the hagiographic liner notes from everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Brandon Boyd do their best to tell you what to feel.

It might get the attention of a few, but the only carrot on offer to existing fans is a rare live cover of the Smiths' I Know It's Over from a 1995 radio session at Sony Studios; placed last in the running order and designed to wring the emotions ("oh mother I can feel the soil falling over my head..."). With songs such as Sky Blue Skin (described by Buckley bandmate Michael Tighe as one of his greatest songs) still languishing in the vaults, it's hard to see why this live cover merited inclusion.

If you've never heard Jeff Buckley - go out and buy Grace. If you have - there's nothing new for you here.
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Firstly, I realise this album is seen by many Jeff Buckley fans a way to further line the pockets of record company bosses and I completely understand how people might be protective of the integrity and legacy of such an amazing artist, especially if his music has been a part of their lives for a long period of time. However, I'm going to share my opinions of this release from the prospective of someone who unfortunately didn't embrace Jeff's music until recently. I remember hearing of him first about four years ago but regrettably assumed that his untimely death had placed him on some kind of musical pedestal that perhaps he didn't deserve. A completely ridiculous assumption having not listened to any of his music, but trust me this is a mistake I have paid for, having deprived myself of such rare breathtaking beauty until now.

It was the spellbinding cover of Leonard Cohen's `Hallelujah' the video of which I saw for the first time only recently which finally convinced me that I had overlooked an artist with a voice of peerless beauty and songs which come as close to pure perfection as is possible in music. For those of you who haven't yet experienced the sound of Jeff Buckley's voice then enchanting, ethereal, truly exquisite are probably the best words to sum it up, however, words really do fall short of expressing the sheer beauty of what you will hear. I was literally frozen to the spot, completely mesmerised upon first hearing him sing. This album is a great introduction to Jeff's music, every one of the songs are amazing, more revelatory, more vivid with each listen. From the opening track `Last Goodbye' to the beautifully sorrowful cover of The Smith's `'I Know It's Over` this album is truly spectacular.
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I bought "Grace" not long after it was first released and while I would agree that it's a tremendous album and Buckley was indeed a true talent I think it's been a tad over eulogised. I believe if Jeff Buckley had not died tragically early then he would have produced work that would have surpassed Grace, maybe even something truly astounding .

As it is this compilation , as has been pointed out by another reviewer, is a bit of a pointless release. Anyone who rates Buckley will surely already own Grace and most probably "Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk" which is patchily superb and/or The Live At Sin-E album which reveals more of Buckley as a personality and lays bare some of his influences. Anyone who doesn't rate Buckley already will in all probability not give a fig about this release anyway and anyone who has,nt heard of Buckley will care even less. So who's it aimed at?

Completists will buy it because of the two previously un-released tracks A live acoustic version of my favourite Jeff Buckley song "So Real" , and a cover of the Smiths fantastic "I Know It,s Over" ( Recorded for a session at Sony Studios broadcast on April 6th 1995 but never actually used in the broadcast) that sadly isn't a patch on the original. The tracks taken from Grace are all from the remastered Legacy edition.

I wouldn't dispute the quality of the music here for the most part and there is no doubt that someone hearing a song as incandescent as "Everybody Here Wants You" for the first time is in for an epiphany that few can offer but anyone as Amazon puts it who is aware of Jeff's importance and music will surely already own most of it.
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