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Grace: Live Around the World
on 16 July 2009
This release celebrates 15 years since 'Grace' was originally released, collecting together various television performances of the songs that are on the album (with the exception of 'Corpus Christi Carol', which is replaced by 'What Will You Say'). While there is a case for saying that there are already enough live albums with different versions of these songs, the packaging of this album is beautiful. This deluxe version comes in a fold-out sleeve, complete with Buckley memorabilia including postcards, posters and extended liner notes.
As for the music itself, it is no surprise that these tracks are excellent. The versions of 'Mojo Pin' and 'Dream Brother' are haunting, and there are several, such as 'Eternal Life', that are more raw and visceral than their album counterparts. The extra features on the first DVD are welcome too, with a live performance of 'Vancouver' from 'Sketches...', and some more interview footage. These interviews are entertaining and it is nice to get some insight into what was going on in Jeff's head. The real selling point of this set though is the inclusion of 'Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley'. This is an independent film that was recorded by one of Jeff's interns. Shown at various film festivals around the world but unreleased until now, it provides 'all access' footage along with collected interviews with other musicians, artists, writers, dancers... anybody who has been influenced by Buckley's music in some way. It is a fantastic tribute to such a great artist.
So although there will not be much new for the avid Buckley fan, the very inclusion of this film makes it worthwhile, and the packaging is excellent too, making it feel like a collectors' edition set.