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so real....oh really...is it really so real...songs from jeff buckley...

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 10, 2007 01:56pm | Post a Comment
It is always a little weird when a "new" album comes out  from someone who has died years ago. But I guess not really that weird when you look at the rest of the music industry. Most of the jazz and classical artists have been long dead yet continue to put out new albums. The industry is sometimes built on the collections and live albums of recently departed artists. Albums from Johnny Cash and Ray Charles sold by the millions after their deaths. Maybe its just weird since Jeff Buckley died so young. I can only begin to imagine the albums he could have continued to put out if he was still alive. After the death of Elliott Smith I had to get rid of all his records. I just didn't really want to deal with the fact he was gone. Listening to his records had been depressing enough when he was alive. I couldn't imagine how much worse it would be knowing he had taken his life.

However, my experience with Jeff Buckley is a bit different. I have to admit I had not really discovered him until after his passing and the release of "Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk." This is the album he was working on before his death. It has now been 10 years since his death. So I have been loving Mr. Jeff Buckley for about 10 years now. The first time I heard him I swore it was some new PJ Harvey songs that I had not heard yet. His voice is really amazing. The songs are all heartbreaking and beautiful. "Sketches" remains one of my favorite albums. There have been a few live and collected albums out in the last 10 years. So  we now get another one." So Real" is a collection of album tracks and live tracks from over the years. I will also admit that I am not usually a fan of  the live album. I would just rather see the live performance in person and listen to the studio album at home. Since I will not get the chance to see him live, this is as good as it will get. The album offers a fairly good introduction to Mr. Buckley.  Included on this compilation is an excellent live version of "So Real." It also includes an unreleased cover of the Smiths song "I Know it's Over." The album is mostly just a selection of songs from "Grace," "Sketches" and "Live at Sin-E" with a couple extras put on. Its mostly just an excuse for me to get obsessed with Jeff Buckley again. I have been listening to this album over and over again. I have also got out all of his other albums and have been revisiting them.

If you don't have any Jeff Buckley albums you really should just start out with the excellent Legacy Edition of "Grace." This is his first and only real studio album. This edition includes the original album Grace. Which is excellent on its own. It includes "Last Goodbye," "Hallelujah," and "So Real." There is also a bonus disc with 13 tracks. But the best part of this collection is the extra DVD. It includes a documentary and the videos from the album. It becomes much more important to have a visual portrait of someone who is no longer around. It offers great insight into the man that is Jeff Buckley. This album is like an emotional roller coaster. It remains a favorite album of many. I know that record companies are often just trying to squeeze some extra money out of their artists that pass away. But I look at it more as a gift to the fans. We really do want anything we can get from these favorite artists of ours. Without any real "new" material its nice to have at least these collections and deluxe editions. They keep me satisfied.

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