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Songs To No One 1991-1992

Gary Lucas, Jeff Buckley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Knitting Factory/Evolver
  • ASIN: B00006LI4R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gods And Monsters 2 Aug 2007
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In 1991 the chief draw to these tapes would have been the acclaimed former Magic Band guitarist Gary Lucas. Now, of course, the presence of a 25-year old Jeff Buckley who was yet to make his recording debut is of overriding interest and the reason for these shelved demos, radio broadcasts, club performances and studio sessions recorded between August 1991 and April 1992 seeing the light of day. One of the major voices of his generation, he was sadly only to live another five years and to produce only one finished album in his lifetime.

No shoddy cash-in, this collection was commissioned and assembled under the watchful eyes of Mary Guibert, Jeff Buckley's mother, and Michael Dorf, from the Knitting Factory, where some of these live recordings originated. Its eleven tracks, beginning with a shattering performance of Edith Piaf's Hymne A L'Amour, document a critical moment in the formative period of Buckley's career, and include early versions of Mojo Pin and Grace, pivotal songs that Jeff Buckley wrote in collaboration with Gary Lucas while they were in the band Gods And Monsters, and which appeared on the album Grace with Gary Lucas guesting on guitar. The pair had met in April 1991 at the time of a tribute concert held in Brooklyn for Tim Buckley, Jeff's father, when both had wanted to perform the song Sefronia.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recent Convert 25 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
I only came across Jeff Buckley a few weeks ago - a BBC radio programme about Purcell's Dido's Lament - his performance of that was stunning (and despite not being a 'trained' singer far less a soprano, the programme thought that too). That song isn't on disc but I did find it on Youtube fortunately.

I ignored the review about being poor quality because I liked the clips and I am very glad I did so - the musicianship and delivery and the whole intimacy of the thing appeals greatly to me.

OK, so it doesn't have the same production values (isn't that what they say) as his other records and I'm aiming to splash out a few quid on another one (probably Grace, but should it be the Enhanced or the Deluxe? ooo errr ), but I still feel that really polished production can veneer over qualities that can make music special. You could say that Dido's Lament is rough but it is amazing for all that. Satisfied Mind on this album has a lot of that heart-wrenching quality too by the way - superb.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan, but what is this?????? 7 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
I can't even begin to describe how awful this album is, and with good reason; these are the roughest of demos that Jeff himself would not have wanted to be released even as a curiosity piece.
There is no saving grace on this album (no pun intended).
Please avoid this album - do not waste your money!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all True Fans: Save this true gem for dessert 17 Jan 2003
By Holly Evans Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before you read another review calling this album redundant and unenlightening, read a review that should banish all negative reviews to the farthest corners of your brain if the following suggestions are heeded.
First point: Song 2 "How Long Will It Take" alone makes the CD worth having.
With that said, proceed to second point for carefully crafted "listening suggestions." These suggestions are designed for the sole purpose of enhancing your appreciation and love for this and other Buckley albums.
Second point: This album is best left til dessert. It simply can't be written off by anyone who does not have more than passing familiarity with at least 3 of the 4 albums listed below. Listen to it after listening to 1) Grace 2) My Sweetheart the Drunk 3) Live at Sin-e 4) Mystery White Boy, in no particular order except for #1, Grace
Heeding these suggestions will result in a rich appreciation of the diversity and magic of Buckley's early work.
Mojo Pin (track 3)and both versions of Grace (tracks 5 and 11) provide a rare glimpse into both the studio and live evolution of 2 songs which would later become part of Grace, the only album released during Buckley's lifetime and a musical coup de gras of the highest order. This early version of Satisfied Mind, track 6, is also a true gem.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic launch pad 9 Mar 2003
By Jl Metcalf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's probably a good bet that the majority of people who buy this CD are doing it because of the name Jeff Buckley. I did. Of course there's no denying the incredible talent that Jeff gave us. But what this album did for me is to spark the fuse into learning more about the music of the extraordinarily versatile, Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas. What few may realize is that without Gary, there is no "Grace" or "Mojo Pin," as he is the creator of those hauntingly sweet musical notes (Jeff wrote the words). Although the song "Grace" from Jeff's solo LP is a beautifully polished studio version, this CD contains not one, but two earlier variants which exude a nascent energy not so evident on Jeff's solo album.
Although the song "Grace" is one of my favorite songs in the world, I actually prefer the two versions on "Songs to No One" because the raw tones of Gary's guitar and Jeff's voice sound much more vulnerable and passionate without such a full, heavy back-up orchestration. On the club Roulette live performance of Grace, Jeff starts out with an innocent little harmonica tune which seems to swiftly end in a minor chord which gently, but firmly captures the ear and immerses the soul into a musical orgy with those infamous first rifts of the song. I'm not particularly fond of the harmonica spotlights later found in the song, but for true lovers of "Grace," it's interesting to hear early launches of the song.
This version of "Mojo Pin," is refreshing because of its simplicity. I never realized how much the heavy bass and drums really weighed down this song on the album, "Grace." Jeff's voice is beautifully showcased, being impelled and kept lightly afloat by Gary's fluid whisperings of guitar. The end of the song is a bit raucous, but it feels like a welcome release of energy.
This album is not for those looking for neatly packaged, polished, bubblegum pop music, which is probably why some of the reviews here are not glowing. This music requires a sophisticated ear with depth to absorb the true musical genius of both musicians, which is sometimes baked underneath a slightly rough exterior caused by these demo and live performances, which, to my understanding, were never intended to be released in album form. Personally, I hope this CD helps propel word of the grotesquely underrated luminary who obviously had a great impact on Jeff's development: Gary Lucas. I've recently discovered his diverse repertoire of rich troves and have unearthed some of the most incredible harmonies I've ever heard in my life. If you're a fan of Jeff Buckley, I'd highly recommend Gary's albums, "Skeleton at the Feast," and "Level the Playing Field," both highly-praised albums by well-respected critics. They're both utterly spectacular.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars there's that voice again. 20 Oct 2002
By T. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
the saddest day in music for me was the day that jeff buckley died. we'll never know where he was going to take us with that voice. this cd is only able to offer us some more insight into where those places might have been. "hymne a l'amour" alone is worth a trip to the record store and the price of the cd. "harem man" is also a necessary addition to any buckley collection. the man had passion. the man had an incredible gift. this cd proves it once again.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endearing, no-drama music from Jeff before he became a star 16 Oct 2002
By Gabriella West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While this album has a sloppy, workshoppy feel, I have to say that it gives me lots of pleasure! It's nice to see Jeff looking adorable, young and androgynous in the photos (the booklet is nicely put together). Gary Lucas' willingness to experiment obviously gave Jeff a chance to work some melodies out, so this is a jazzier, more experimental Jeff Buckley than we've ever heard before. There's a kind of mellowness and humor in these songs, and little sense of the urgency, intensity and potential tragedy of records like Grace, and Sketches. It's Jeff before the myth took hold. Maybe he still had a sense of hopefulness about life and his future when he created these songs.
Particular standouts for me are "Hymne a l'Amour," which roams all over the place in an interesting way, "Song to no one," which does the same thing, "She is free," and "Harem Man." I enjoyed hearing the tentative early versions of "Mojo Pin" and "Grace." There's an emotional version of "Satisfied Mind" which doesn't have the piercing clarity and perfection of the version on "Sketches," but that's all right. The only clunker for me is "Cruel," which is a sort of morose heavy metal screamer.
This project was put together with love by Hal Willner, and it shows. Gary Lucas should feel proud too. He nurtured Jeff's rising talent and didn't get a lot back, but you can tell while listening to the songs that these two musicians had fun together, and that Gary gave Jeff a safe, supportive place to develop his vocal chops! To sum up, a good-hearted album that devoted Buckley fans will want to add to the collection.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gods And Monsters 13 Jun 2005
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 1991 the chief draw to these tapes would have been the acclaimed former Magic Band guitarist Gary Lucas. Now, of course, the presence of a 25-year old Jeff Buckley who was yet to make his recording debut is of overriding interest and the reason for these shelved demos, radio broadcasts, club performances and studio sessions recorded between August 1991 and April 1992 seeing the light of day. One of the major voices of his generation, he was sadly only to live another five years and to produce only one finished album in his lifetime.

No shoddy cash-in, this collection was commissioned and assembled under the watchful eyes of Mary Guibert, Jeff Buckley's mother, and Michael Dorf, from the Knitting Factory, where some of these live recordings originated. Its eleven tracks, beginning with a shattering performance of Edith Piaf's Hymne A L'Amour, document a critical moment in the formative period of Buckley's career, and include early versions of Mojo Pin and Grace, pivotal songs that Jeff Buckley wrote in collaboration with Gary Lucas while they were in the band Gods And Monsters, and which appeared on the album Grace with Gary Lucas guesting on guitar. The pair had met in April 1991 at the time of a tribute concert held at St Ann's Church in Brooklyn for Tim Buckley, Jeff's father, when both had wanted to perform the song Sefronia.

The twelve months that followed were transforming for Jeff Buckley's singing and musical direction and some of the key moments are documented here, including moments from the night at the Knitting Factory on 22 March 1992, broadcast live on the Music Faucet Show on WFMU, ten days after he had announced his decision to leave the band for a solo career, where, at the end of a tension-filled performance, he stayed on stage to perform an unaccompanied and poignant rendition of A Satisfied Mind.

This track has been embellished for this release for some reason, with additional guitar performed by Bill Frisell. This is a questionable practice but the end result does not sound unnatural or overstated. One other track has been doctored; She Is Free, which was a duet rehearsal recording made at Gary Lucas's home in January 1992, now more extravagantly features the band Sex Mob simulating the sort of direction Jeff Buckley was to develop within his music in the following year. Both Mary Guibert and the producer Hal Willner assure us that these overdubs improve the original recordings and that Jeff Buckley would have approved, though I feel slightly uneasy listening to something by him that he never heard.

Listening to the raw talent on show in these recordings, the subsequent success of Jeff Buckley, live and on record, was clearly inevitable
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