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Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk [Extra tracks] Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (11 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000009HPP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The sky is a landfill
  2. Everybody here wants you
  3. Opened once
  4. Nightmares by the sea
  5. Yard of blonde girls
  6. Witches' rave
  7. New Year's prayer
  8. Morning Theft
  9. Vancouver
  10. You and I

Disc: 2

  1. Nightmares by the sea
  2. New Year's prayer
  3. Haven't you heard
  4. I know we could be so happy baby (If we wanted to be)
  5. Murder Suicide meteor slave
  6. Back in N.Y.C
  7. Gunshot glitter
  8. Demon John
  9. Your flesh is so nice
  10. Jewel Box
  11. Satisfied mind

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Jeff Buckley - Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk - Cd

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Perhaps the most talented "son act" in pop music, Jeff Buckley combined the often harrowing eclecticism of estranged papa Tim Buckley with the rock acrobatics of Robert Plant. This posthumously released collection of four-track demos and sessions helmed by Tom Verlaine indicates that Buckley's astonishing full-length debut, Grace, was no fluke. The young singer-songwriter puts his falsetto to good use on an extraordinary collection of original material, from the soulful "Everybody Wants You" to the psychedelic "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave". And while his bluesy take on Porter Wagoner's "Satisfied Mind" may not be as revelatory as his earlier version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", this album offers ample proof that Buckley was among his generation's most gifted voices. --Bill Forman

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Format: Audio CD
Some say the 4-track recordings on the 2nd CD let the whole down. Others point to the fact that JB would probably not have wanted us to hear his unfinished work. Although I would agree with the latter (the CD inlay shows excerpts from his journal; I don't just write songs for Sony), I would point out that when band members and Steve Berkowitch (executive producer), along with other top Sony chiefs, heard the demos, they all felt that here was something better than Grace. These demos give us a glimpse of what might have been. Sure, they aren't recorded well, but the beauty shines through (listen to Ben Folds 5 or Devandra Banhart for under-produced yet wonderful songs). We can't hear the true My Sweetheart The Drunk, and the songs on the first CD were to be destroyed as JB hated them. Make your own mind up about the other tracks, but these demos are the bones of what he wanted us to hear - these are the gems of this compiltation and I urge you to buy it for this alone.
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Collected here over two cd's are the beginnings of what would have been Jeff Buckley's sophomore album. Jeff intended for this album to be more rock n' roll than Grace, and in places this is certainly noticeable. Not often though, as My Sweetheart the Drunk keeps much of the tender, touching, tremulous vocal and guitar delivery of his debut.

The album is divided in two, an unfinished recording he made with Television's Tom Verlaine at the helm on disk one, and a collection of homemade demo's on disk two.

Disk one is obviously closer to the finished article, but Jeff wasn't entirely satisfied with it, and so it was abandoned. It's hard to know why, although stories regarding the number of takes Grace took to record suggest an artist stubbornly bent on perfection. Maybe he and Verlaine just couldn't get it right in the timeframe they had?

The songs of Disc one are a natural progression, without revolution, from Grace; a plethora of styles, genres and influences: Everybody Here Wants You (released in Australia) has a real soul flavour to it, while Nightmares By The Sea and Vancouver are about driving guitar lines. Yard Of Blonde Girls has a big guitar riff and is a bit of an anthem, while Opened Once and Morning Theft are both beautiful folk songs. Perhaps most interesting is New Year's Prayer, with a qawwali influenced creeping melody.

Disk two is more difficult and perhaps more interesting. I've always seen disc two as more indicative of where Jeff was going, but obviously that's just a hunch. Stripped of production prettiness, often with only his own tapping for accompanyment, this is Jeff Buckley in his bedroom, working out ideas.

Some are more worked out than others.
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There seemed to be no rhyme or reason behind Jeff Buckley's early demise. The music world was robbed of one of it's most unique and classic talents, and he leaves a great void which many other musicians struggle , yet fail, to fill. His stunning debut "Grace" was a landmark album and a fitting testament to his gifts. This album is not a follow up as such, but a posthumous love letter to Buckley. The first disc comprises new studio songs which would have appeared on the second album, whilst the second disc is a selection of demoes and four track recordings. These latter songs are a rough listen and the melodies struggle to rise up from beneath the murky lack of production, but nevertheless, it is an interesting and special insight into the man at work. Disc 1 is where the real trophies are to be found - and the jewels are a plenty. The tracks have a surreal, other wordly feel to them - witness "Morning theft" and "Everybody Here Wants You" for sheer beauty. Elsewhere , Buckley takes us in other diverse directions- "Vancouver" is a soundtrack to a glorious summer road movie, and "The Sky Is A Landfill" contains perhaps his most intense lyrics and is a biting satire on American society. The song that really breaks the heart is called "Opened Once". It is worth the admission price alone. A shimmering fragility pervades the music and the lyrics "I am the railroad track abandoned..with the sunlight forgetting that I ever happened" haunt the listener long after the album has stopped playing.
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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2005
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I have read the other reviews and none of them credit this album as much as they should. I think it is because people find 'Grace' easier to listen to, but it does not completely show Buckley's best. However this a;bum does.'Everybody here wants you' is truly beautiful and his voice is amazing in it. But the album also has some of his more mysterious songs, like 'Yard of Blonde haired girls' and 'Nightmares by the sea'.This is my favourite ever album and is a must have by any Jeff fan. However if you have never heard his music before then buy 'Grace' and if you love that, then buy this.
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By A Customer on 8 April 2003
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For the sake of the album I felt that I had to write something. I've had this for years now and it's nearly the soundtrack to a life. I have never cared to learn the titles to any of the songs. I merely put one of them on when the mood swings me in that direction. I've listened to it all over the world, mostly in transit. I loved Grace. I recognise myself in Sketches. It's that simple. Ask yourself "What is an album supposed to do?". Like the tenacity of the great classical composers it thrusts itself into your soul and leaves you full or empty. The common traits that litter our lives are there in Sketches. We don't invite them in. They are already there. As long as you aren't worshipping Jeff then you'll do fine. He was a songwriter and a friend. He never claimed to be anything else. We are lucky to have lived in the time that he was here and even luckier to keep living that time through this album. Flawed, fragrant, emaciated, howling...it's what we are as men and what we aspire to be as human beings. So buy this album before you buy Grace. I would recommend the DVD as well if only for the interviews with him. How do you compete with someone so focussed on what they love? Simple answer is you don't. Jeff was a man, full of every conceivable weakness, just like you and me. Sketches screams this at those who bother to listen.
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