Four Rare Concert Albums, Long Awaited First Release of “Sky Blue Skin” Demo, Expanded Editions of Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, and Mystery White Boy Coming Friday, August 23, 2019
Columbia/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s immortal Grace album with an epic expansion of the artist’s online catalog, delivering more than 50 rare and sought-after tracks to DSPs for streaming or downloading on Friday, August 23, 2019.
The upcoming slate of Jeff Buckley digital titles includes the long-awaited first-ever official release of “Sky Blue Skin,” a highly-sought-after collector’s track, one of the last demos recorded by Jeff at his final studio session in 1996.
Twenty-five years after the arrival of Grace, Columbia/Legacy is releasing four complete live sets contemporaneous to the album–Live At Wetlands, New York, NY 8/16/94, Live From Seattle, WA, May 7, 1995, Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, May 13, 1995, and, for the first time in its entirety, Live at Columbia Records Radio Hour (a special full-band show recorded June 4, 1995 at Sony Music Studios in New York City). Most of the music on these live concert recordings is previously unreleased.
Also, coming August 23, three classic Jeff Buckley titles–Grace (Legacy Edition), Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, and Mystery White Boy–will be digitally delivered globally with bonus tracks (originally available only on international pressings) and additional newly available material. https://JeffBuckley.lnk.to/GraceLegacyEdition
Newbury Comics will be carrying an exclusive deep blue vinyl pressing to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Grace.
A new line of merchandise celebrating Grace has been launched on Jeff’s website. Included in the line are T-shirts, tote bags, guitar picks, and a breathtaking canvas print of one of Jeff’s drawings. https://JeffBuckley.lnk.to/MerchStore
Live At Wetlands, New York, NY 8/16/94 – In 1994, Jeff was a word-of-mouth sensation on the New York City club scene, and this show at the Wetlands Preserve, an environmentally-conscious performance space located in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, captures the building momentum behind the singer-songwriter exactly one week before Grace was released. This newly-available set is bookended by two fascinating versions of “Mojo Pin”: the fan-favorite “Chocolate Version” (released on the Last Goodbye EP in 1995) and an engaging run-through recorded during a soundcheck for the set.
Live From Seattle, WA, May 7, 1995 – First made available only through a fan bundle of the live collection Grace Around The World in 2009, this show at the King Cat Theatre in Seattle features fan favorite songs from Grace (“Last Goodbye,” “Lover, You Should Have Come Over,” “Lilac Wine”), plus unique versions of Nina Simone’s “That’s All I Ask” and “The Man That Got Away” (performed by Judy Garland in the 1954 film version of A Star Is Born).
Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, May 13, 1995 – Recorded in the midst of Jeff’s “Mystery White Boy” Tour and released on video and DVD in 2000, this electric set brings together performances of songs from Grace, classic covers of the MC5 (“Kick Out The Jams”) and Big Star (“Kanga Roo”), plus the rare originals “What Will You Say” and an instrumental version of “Vancouver.”
Live At Columbia Records Radio Hour – This fabled full-band show, finally available as an official release, was recorded June 4, 1995 at Sony Music Studios in New York City for the celebrated Columbia Records Radio Hour program. Here, Jeff performs eight songs from Grace plus covers of the MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” (first heard on Grace (Legacy Edition) in 2004) and The Smiths’ “I Know It’s Over.”
Grace (Legacy Edition) – Jeff’s debut album was reissued for its 10th anniversary in 2004 with 12 rare and unreleased tracks, including the studio outtake “Forget Her.” The 2019 edition debuts a 13th bonus track: a rehearsal version of “Strawberry Street,” written by Jeff in the late 1980s.
Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk – Jeff recorded material for his second album through 1996 and 1997 with producer Tom Verlaine of Television. This double album, released a year after his passing, now includes 22 tracks from these sessions, including “The Sky Is a Landfill,” “Everybody Here Wants You” and the rarely-heard tracks “Gunshot Glitter” and “Thousand Fold.”
Mystery White Boy – recorded live in 1995 and 1996 in North America, Europe and Australia, Mystery White Boy was the first full-length live album of Buckley’s material. It now includes a version of “That’s All I Ask” first released on the Australian edition of the album.
First released on August 23, 1994, Jeff Buckley’s Grace introduced the world to the sublime music of a visionary artist whose voice, guitar work, songwriting, and interpretative skills transcended all categories (Jeff’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2014). The only studio album Jeff completed before his life and career ended tragically with his drowning in Memphis on May 29, 1997, Grace occupies a unique space in music history, affirming Jeff’s abiding legacy as a timeless and vital musical force while offering clues to the mysteries of his future possibilities. Grace made numerous year-end best-of lists for 1994–including Entertainment Weekly, Q, and NME–and is one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
“The music industry has made a couple of sea changes since Jeff departed the planet. I don’t know if he foresaw even a glimpse of the current state of affairs. Since all we have of his true remains is what’s in “the vault”, I’m thrilled that we can finally fling open the doors of that vault and make as much as possible available to Jeff’s fans: the old ones and the new ones, and the ones who have not yet been born,” said Mary Guibert, the artist’s mother.