Thursday, 12 July 2007

Jeff Buckley - Arlene's Grocery - 1997

Jeff Buckley was born in California's Orange County in 1966.

He died in a tragic drowning accident on May 29th 1997.

He left one near perfect album, several live concerts recorded and released in full or part prior to, and/or after his death, and the material that may have lead eventually to a second 'proper' album.

If you are a fan this leaves a void, that can never be filled.

Sadly for an artist as talented as Jeff, the 'unofficial' recordings remain sadly few and far between. In away this is a good thing, as a badly recorded concert, would be such an injustice, to someone who was capable of such incredibly moving music, and never had the chance to expand definitively beyond his debut album.

The bootlegs that I have of Jeff Buckley are few in number. I know of around fifteen, that are supposed to be of good quality, the live radio material seem to be those most widely circulated.

This is my favorite. The copy I have was called 'The Grace Of J'.

At midnight on February 9, 1997, Jeff Buckley debuted his new drummer, Parker Kindred, in a show at Arlene Grocery on New York's Lower East Side. He also played a couple of solo gigs in New York during the first months of 1997: a gig at the Daydream Cafe (featuring band members Mick Grondahl and Michael Tighe as "special guests") and a solo performance February 4 as part of the Knitting Factory's 10-Year Birthday Party.

Set List:

Nightmares by the Sea
Witches' Rave
So Real
Haven't You Heard
Lover, You Should've Come Over
Morning Theft
Vancouver
Snail
The Sky Is a Landfill
Mojo Pin
Grace
Last Goodbye

Find out more about Arlene's Grocery HERE.

Audio quality: Suggests the soundboard was used, even if audience 'chatter' is apparent on a couple of occasions. The conversation between Jeff Buckley and the audience is in really good humour, his impersonation of Tom Waits is priceless.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I am always trying to find more Jeff Buckley recordings. I found this site http://theultimatebootlegexperience.blogspot.com/search/label/Jeff%20Buckley which has a bunch of songs. By the way they are downloading as rars not zips

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I can never have too much Jeff. Thanks to the anonymous comment for the link too, my lucky day.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, you are amazing. Jeff continues to remain my musical God and its amazing that there are few people like you and I who strive to keep his name alive. Visit http://buckleyesque.com - my tribute site to Jeff.

Also do let me know if I can link to your files (with due credit of course).

Incredible, breathtaking work you've done here, I must say.

Knox said...

Just finished reading Dream Brother. Thanks for the show.

Beehive Candy said...

Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/8x6uuyv47kfxhdd/RLJBA97-0715.7z

Password: backup@15-016

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