Gone way before his time, singer/songwriter, Jeff Buckley is truly missed.
In news that will bring music to the ears of his fans and admirers, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release You and I, the very first, unheard, studio recordings made by Buckley. The album will be released on March 11, 2016.
The recordings were found in the Sony Music archives whilst doing research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley’s Grace album. The forgotten recordings went unheard for more than two decades.
Buckley’s songwriting and performances on You and I are as amazing as ever. It’s truly an intimate portrait of the singer. The album has a variety of tracks, including, his original compositions and cover songs. For the most part, the tracks were cut in Steve Addabbo’s Shelter Island Sound studio in February 1993.
Although the album isn’t released till next year, You and I can be preordered on Amazon.com on CD and LP and as a digital download on iTunes. Also, and a must for all music fans, Buckley’s recording of “Everyday People” will be made available for Record Store Day on Amazon as a limited edition 7″. What makes this even more special is, the B-side will feature the original recording by Sly & the Family Stone.
Other covers on the album will include Buckley’s version of songs written by Bob Dylan “Just Like a Woman”; Sylvester Stewart “Everyday People” recorded by Sly & the Family Stone; Joe Green “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’” recorded by Louis Jordan and Ray Charles; Bob Telson “Calling You” recorded by Jevetta Steele for the 1987 film Bagdad Café; “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” and “I Know It’s Over” by the Smiths; and, Led Zeppelin “Night Flight”.
Quoting Buckley himself, “Any time I take a cover and wear it on my sleeve, it’s because it had something to do with my life and still marks a time in my life when I needed that song more than anything ever.”
Jeff Buckley was a true musical genius taken way before his time; check out the video to version of the Tom Waits track, “Hallelujah” below.