It was hard to imagine at the time of his untimely death in 1997 at age 30, but Jeff Buckley ended up one of the decade's most influential singer-songwriters. Buckley's posthumous legend was built on precious little more than his debut album, Grace
, and the tracks he was working on at the time of his death, which makes this collection of five rare, mostly promo-only foreign EPs a welcome addition to his legacy. The two and a half hours of music here spans the three years before he died, a period when his muse--as boldly ambitious as it was haunting and mercurial--was coming into sharp focus. Buckley fans and collectors should welcome the two live shows excerpted here (So Real
's February 95 Rotterdam gig, the Paris shows from later in the year on Live from the Bataclan
, and three 96 Australian cuts), but will also delight in the set's rare covers: a live take of Van Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do," Hank Williams's "Lost Highway," and a frenetic and hypnotic 14-minute-plus work-up of Alex Chilton's droning "Kanga-Roo." The set's bonus unreleased track is the 11-minute "Tongue," an eerie, evocative instrumental improvisation captured during rehearsals for the Grace
sessions. --Jerry McCulley
This Unique Vinyl Edition of the Late Singer's EPs Package Includes all Five of them on 160g Wax. The Content Includes Plenty of Both Studio and Live Performances that Appeared on Buckley's Seminal Debut Album Along with B-sides.