The countdown to 2016 has already begun! Legacy Recordings is one of the first out of the gate with big news for the New Year! On March 11, 2016, the label will release You and I, the very first studio recordings made by the late Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) for Columbia Records. This new compilation will be available on CD, DD, and LP.
The recordings on this new 10-track collection (primarily recorded in Steve Addabbo’s Shelter Island Sound studio in February 1993) were discovered during the label’s research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley’s seminal Grace album. The tracks on You and I reflect Buckley’s wide-ranging musical tastes and influences from blues and folk to rock and R&B, with his intimate interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan (“Just Like a Woman”); Sylvester Stewart a.k.a. Sly Stone (“Everyday People,” recorded by Sly and the Family Stone); Joe Green (“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’,” recorded by Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and others); Bob Telson (the Oscar-nominated “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,” captured on a 1939 “field” recording made by John Lomax) and the triumvirate of John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant (“Night Flight,” recorded by Led Zeppelin). Completing You and I are two Buckley originals: the first-ever studio recording of “Grace” and “Dream of You and I,” from which the title of this new set has been derived.
Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings, comments in the press release, “As we began to explore how we might celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s Grace, the vault – as it still occasionally and unexpectedly will – presented us with an unbelievable gift: this ‘lost’ cache of studio recordings from the period. We quickly realized how remarkable they were. They offer an incredible, rare glimpse of an artist, alone, in the sacred space that is the studio. There’s an intimacy and an honesty to the performances that’s literally breathtaking. You & I is an important addition to Jeff’s recorded legacy and will be a thrill for both his devoted longtime fans and newcomers alike.”
The Columbia/Legacy release of Jeff Buckley’s You and I has been overseen by the artist’s mother, Mary Guibert, and will doubtless prove a significant addition to the artist’s small but significant catalogue. You can pre-order the set, due on March 11, 2016, at the links below!
Jeff Buckley, You and I (Columbia/Legacy, 2016)
- Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan cover)
- Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
- Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ (First recorded by Louis Jordan)
- Grace (original)
- Calling You (Jevetta Steele cover)
- Dream Of You And I (original)
- The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (The Smiths cover)
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home (traditional blues song, Bukka White cover)
- Night Flight (Led Zeppelin cover)
- I Know It’s Over (The Smiths cover)