When I heard the news that 10 vaulted demos made by Jeff Buckley in 1993 were set to be released, I almost cried. Jeff Buckley has one of the most insanely talented voices in music history and the fact that the recently unearthed demos were made before he released his prolific album, Grace, makes it even more exciting. These are some of Jeff Buckley’s oldest known recordings and his voice is so pure, raw, powerful, and simply beautiful.
Eight of the songs on the album, You and I, are Jeff Buckley covering other artists such as Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, and Sly & The Family Stone. But the one thing we know about Jeff Buckley, he doesn’t just cover songs, he transforms them. He takes songs that we know and love and gives them a whole new life. His cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is sublime and evokes such incredible emotion no matter how many times one hears it.
The two original songs on this album include the first ever solo studio recording of his song “Grace”, as well as “Dream Of You And I”. “Grace” would become one of Buckley’s signature songs while “Dream Of You And I” would eventually become what we now know as, “You And I”.
Now, almost 20 years after Jeff Buckley’s tragic passing, we get to experience hearing Jeff Buckley for the first time all over again.
You And I will be released on March 11th, but you can preview the album here.
Here is the You And I Track list:
- Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan cover)
- Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
- Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ (First recorded by Louis Jordan)
- Grace (original)
- Calling You (Jevetta Steele cover)
- Dream Of You And I (previously unissued original)
- The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (The Smiths cover)
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home (traditional blues song)
- Night Flight (Led Zeppelin cover)
- I Know It’s Over (The Smiths cover)