The tragedy of Jeff Buckley's untimely passing in 1997 meant that one of music's most talented and naturally gifted performers left behind only one completed studio album, (1994's Grace). The last few years have seen a number of posthumous Jeff releases, some noticeably better than others. Now comes this box set that collects together five EP's issued around the world to promote Grace. Whilst it would be easy to view this release as another attempted cash-in on the Buckley legacy, the EP set is certainly worthy of your attention. Although there are no 'new' songs here, (Kanga-Roo, Lost Highway and Tongue will already be familiar to Buckley devotees), the real find lies in the live performances. With so little studio output available, fans of Jeff Buckley have inevitably been drawn back time and time again to the masterpiece that is Grace, becoming familiar with every detail of every song. This is arguably exactly what Jeff would not have wanted, for his passion was for live music where his talent could find its fullest expression, unhindered by the requirements of a studio and its producers. So whilst you might ask if anyone really needs three recordings of the tracks Grace and Dream Brother, it would be true to say that Jeff never performed songs the same way twice. The studio releases were never meant to be definitive takes, and that is the beauty of these live renditions. The only downside with the music here is the 'Live at the Bataclan' EP, which Jeff reportedly detested. Listening again to this CD it is not hard to hear why, with the crowd wildly cheering throughout the performances and detracting somewhat from otherwise great renditions of Hallelujah and The Way Young Lovers Do. Don't let that minor quibble put you off however. These CD's and their accompanying notes are a worthy addition to the Buckley back catalogue and will please fans both old and new who want to be reminded as to why Jeff is so mourned.
As a dedicated Jeff Buckley fan I wouldn't dream of dissing anything made by him. He had a voice of an angel and every time he sang he could lure you into some kind of ecstasy. Inevitably we cannot help but compare him to his father Tim Buckley who both shared the same voice range, looks and talent. Unfortunately he only released one album "Grace" while he was alive and a few couple of singles hence this Box set. After all this time since the debut album in 1994, the singles have been re-released for those late comers and this in a way should be a treat. This will be released alongside another album full of previously unreleased tracks called "Songs to No One". But I have to be honest here, for all the work Jeff had done during his lifetime, and for all the songs he had written, not many were recorded and laid on records forever. Hence the inevitable and common B sides. What I mean is, as you can see the B sides are different versions or live versions even of songs from "Grace"...well most of them that is. Though we can say that every time Jeff sang he would lose himself in his music, giving you his very best, could make anybody fall in love with that divine voice. So my opinion would be, if you're not a fan of Jeff get his album "Grace" and these singles and if you already are a Jeff fan and have his album, get them anyway, you need to have as much as you can from that man. You'll have something to make your life better and something that shall "hang inside your soul forever".
Jeff Buckley's talent is a rare thing and one i fear i won't ever see again the thing about his voice to me just makes me feel what feels he simply takes my breath away he maybe gone but as long as music is around i will forever listen to him
Whilst this pack offers nothing new in terms of music for Jeff Buckley fans it is however a great item to have in your collection and brings together all the worldwide E.P releases from the build up to the release of the epic 'Grace' album