When I first played Jeff Buckley’s cover of Bob Dylan‘s Just Like a Woman, tears streamed down my face. It was like an involuntary response you have when you suddenly remember that someone you love is no longer around. I think too it was because the voice is so familiar, yet the material is different to what I’ve heard so many times before, been heartbroken by, and dependant on ever since Jeff Buckley passed in 1997. At the time of his death I was 21 and didn’t even appreciate who he was, let alone the impact his music would have on my life. I was too preoccupied with boys and nightclubs, Bad Boy Records and the plastic R&B machine – all of the nonsense that has none of the staying power of a recording artist who actually breaks your heart.

On 11th March Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release You and I, a collection of 10 covers and originals by Jeff Buckley that were recently uncovered in the Sony Music vaults during research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley’s Grace album. Most of the tracks were cut in Steve Addabbo’s Shelter Island Sound studio early in 1993 – apparently a very simple recording session where producer Addabo and A&R manager Steve Berkowitz kept out of his way and recorded him live. Buckley himself decided what songs were recorded during these sessions, while he tried to find his own way within the studio environment.

 

The covers on the album include Buckley’s highly personal interpretations 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, Ray Charles and others); Bob Telson (‘Calling You’, recorded by Jevetta Steele for the 1987 film Bagdad Café); Morrissey and Johnny Marr (‘The Boy with the Thorn in His Side’ and ‘I Know It’s Over’, recorded by The Smiths); Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White (‘Poor Boy Long Way from Home’, from a 1939 “field” recording made by John Lomax) and John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant (‘Night Flight’, recorded by Led Zeppelin).

 

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You and I will be released on 11th March, 2016.

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