'Lost' Jeff Buckley album, You and I, to be released next year
Nearly two decades after his accidental death, a previously undiscovered album of early Jeff Buckley recordings, including covers of Bob Dylan and an unheard, original song, will be released.
Buckley, known for his cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, drowned in 1997 while swimming in a channel of the Mississippi River. He was 30 years old. During his life, he only released one album, Grace, in 1994, and a handful of EPs, but his influence continues to be felt today.
The new record, You and I, is an album of Buckley's first studio sessions for Columbia Records, mostly recorded in 1993.
"The record is a revelation, an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility."
While a number of Buckley albums have been released since his death – notably 1998's Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, which Buckley was working on when he died, and Songs to No One 1991-1992, recordings from Buckley's collaboration with Gary Lucas, released in 2002 – You and I will include a previously unheard song, Dream of You and I, as well as eight covers and the first ever recording of Grace.
The release of You and I has been overseen by Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert. The recordings were found in the Sony Music archives while research was being undertaken for the 20th anniversary edition of Grace.
The performances on the record are described as "a revelation, an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility."
The recordings – rumours of which have been circulating among fans and members of the music industry for years – were long thought to be lost.
You and I will be released on March 11, 2016
You and I Tracklist:
1. Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan cover)
2. Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
3. Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ (First recorded by Louis Jordan)
4. Grace (original)
5. Calling You (Jevetta Steele cover)
6. Dream Of You And I (original)
7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (The Smiths cover)
8. Poor Boy Long Way From Home (traditional blues song, Bukka White cover)
9. Night Flight (Led Zeppelin cover)
10. I Know It’s Over (The Smiths cover)