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5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure Emotion, 8 May 2004
It was the summer of 2003 when I first said "What the hell, there's nothing else, I'll buy "Grace"." It fast became my favourite album, on a par with Radioheads "OK Computer". So when I recieved this gem for christmas later that year I was delighted...
It was like uncovering a new Jeff Buckley album, exclusive to fans. It turned Jeff Buckley into my idol. It even inspired me to look into new artists.
To here Buckley perform alone is something of rare beauty; never has anyone put more effort, emotion and passion into the songs that they sang as much as he did. These are the performances that got him signed to Columbia.
Recorded - whilst recording "Grace" - over the summer of 1993, this is a collection of his best performances at Cafe Sin E, featuring raw, original versions of songs from his only studio album, and several covers of his own idols (Dylan, Van Morrison, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn). There are even tracks of his infamous "mucking about" on stage. The noises that come out of his Telecaster are pure bliss - whether it be the dark stutterings of Morrison's "The way young lovers do" or his own conversions in the heart break of "Lover, you should've come over". The crowds enthusiam will send shivers up your spine - they clap along, acknowledge lines and shout requests. And his voice...doesnt even need to be spoken of. The ambience is incredible; you really can imagine being there infront of him.
So wheter you want to here the first renditions of "Grace", "Mojo Pin" or "Last Goodbye", or hear Buckley slice his soul open during "Sweet Thing" or even hear him play musical chairs with the audience, then i suggest you buy this album and carry on being a Jeff Buckley fan. After all, as good as it is, there's only so long "Grace" can last. RIP.