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Jeff Buckley 10/29/2002

Review

For someone who only put out one full-length album during his lifetime, Jeff Buckley managed to leave quite a trail of other material that came out on so many other singles, EPs, and posthumous releases that only the most dedicated fan could keep track of them. This collection of five 1994-1996 EPs, packaged as five separate CDs (each with their own sleeve) in one case, doesn't quite pick up all the stray ends that don't appear on his other full-length releases. But it does contain five EPs that use his Grace album as the nominal touchstone, all of which are now collectable and sought-after as listeners strive for every scrap of Buckley's legacy. Indeed two of these (Peyote Radio Theatre and So Real, aka Live at Nighttown) were promotional-only releases that weren't commercially available. The others were imports: Last Goodbye came out in Japan, Live From the Bataclan in France, and The Grace EP in Australia. For collectors it's quite useful, and not skimpy (adding up to more than two hours even though there are just three to five songs on each disc), with liner notes from musicians in Buckley's band and Buckley's mother some icing on the cake. What of the music? It's kind of a supplement to the Grace album, as it contains live versions (sometimes more than one) of five songs from that record, as well as a few edit versions, a "Nag Champa Mix" of "Dream Brother," and a 13-minute live "Chocolate Version" of "Mojo Pin." These all do what live versions often do: give the artist a chance to stretch out and indulge a bit, something probably welcomed by an overwrought singer such as Buckley. Perhaps more interesting to collectors will be a few cover tunes not on Grace: a whopping 12-minute version of Van Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do," a medley of "Je N'En Connais Pas la Fin/Hymne A l'Amour," Hank Williams's "Lost Highway," and a too-extended 14-minute take on Alex Chilton's "Kanga-Roo." And there is, finally, a bonus track added to the The Grace EP (the only song in the package not on the original EPs), "Tongue," a spooky ambient 11-minute studio instrumental. Although this release is good value, be aware that of the 19 tracks, one is the exact same version of "Mojo Pin" that appears on the Grace album; two are simply edits of the Grace versions of "Grace" and "Last Goodbye"; and the exact same version of "Kanga-Roo" is used on the Peyote Radio Theatre and Last Goodbye discs. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mojo Pin Jeff Buckley 5:41
  3. 2 Dream Brother [Nag Champa Mix] Jeff Buckley 5:21
  4. 3 Kanga-Roo Jeff Buckley 14:9
  5. 1 So Real Jeff Buckley 5:19
  6. 2 Grace Jeff Buckley 6:7
  7. 3 Dream Brother Jeff Buckley 7:43
  8. 1 Dream Brother Jeff Buckley 7:26
  9. 2 The Way Young Lovers Do Jeff Buckley 12:13
  10. 3 Medley: Je N'en Connais Pas la Fin/Hymne a l'Amour Jeff Buckley 5:41
  11. 4 Hallelujah [Cover] Jeff Buckley 9:25
  12. 1 Grace [Album Edit] Jeff Buckley 5:21
  13. 2 Grace Jeff Buckley 5:26
  14. 3 Mojo Pin Jeff Buckley 5:17
  15. 4 Hallelujah [Cover] Jeff Buckley 8:41
  16. 5 Tongue Jeff Buckley 11:38
  17. 1 Last Goodbye [Grace Album Edit] Jeff Buckley 4:18
  18. 2 Mojo Pin [Chocolate Version] Jeff Buckley 13:48
  19. 3 Kanga-Roo Jeff Buckley 14:9
  20. 4 Lost Highway Jeff Buckley 4:24

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