So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley

So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley

by Jeff BuckleyJeff Buckley

CD(Dutch Import)

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Because Jeff Buckley died after having only released one official studio album -- and a fantastic one at that -- fans and friends were unfortunately left to wonder what could have been instead of being able to see it first hand. Fortunately, Buckley had other recorded evidence of his immense talent besides the ten songs on Grace. He was a live performer as much, if not more, as he was a studio musician, and his Monday-night residence at New York's now-defunct Sin-é in the early '90s lent itself to an EP and an extended two-CD set, and other bits of shows were captured on the various other releases that peppered record shelves after the singer's untimely departure. The closest thing we got to a second album was 1998's Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, which, as the title indicates, was not necessarily a complete work, though most of the songs in themselves are finished-sounding and exciting enough to be interesting. What this means, of course, is that there's more than enough material to compile a "greatest-hits" collection, which is, in essence, what the Mary Guibert- (Buckley's mother) and Tom Burleigh-compiled So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley is. Unfortunately, it also claims to be a little more than that, with exclusive tracks and pictures not heard or seen elsewhere. In reality, most of the 14-song record is taken from Grace, specifically the 2004 Legacy edition, which had included a bonus track, "Forget Her," as well as alternate versions of songs like "Dream Brother" and "Eternal Life" -- the latter of which has hard-edged electric guitars that reflect the grunge that was happening contemporarily -- and Buckley's arguably two "biggest" songs, "Last Goodbye" and the fragile cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The Sin-è sessions are also given a brief nod, with live cuts of Edith Piaf's "Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin" and the lovely "Mojo Pin," as is Sketches' ("Everybody Here Wants You" and "The Sky Is a Landfill"). The biggest attractions then, for fans who already own these albums, are the two previously unreleased cuts: the live acoustic version on "So Real" and live in-studio cover of the Smiths' haunting "I Know It's Over," on which Buckley manages to conjure up the presence of Moz while still making it very much his own. Both of these should be of no surprise to a serious fan -- "I Know It's Over" is even attached to the end of "Hallelujah" on the live album Mystery White Boy -- but it is nice to have all these tracks together at once. This is Buckley at his strongest and most affecting, and while Grace itself probably acts as the best introduction to the late musician, So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley, still offers a good, honest portrayal of everything he was and all that he had.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886970357029
catalogNumber: 1209349
Rank: 84427


  1. Last Goodbye
  2. Lover, You Should've Come Over
  3. Forget Her
  4. Eternal Life
  5. Dream Brother
  6. The Sky Is a Landfill
  7. Everybody Here Wants You
  8. So Real
  9. Mojo Pin
  10. Vancouver
  11. Je N'En Connais Pas la Fin
  12. Grace
  13. Hallelujah
  14. I Know It's Over

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Buckley   Primary Artist,Organ,Dulcimer,Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals
Gary Lucas   Guitar
Loris Holland   Organ
Mick Grondahl   Bass
Michael Tighe   Guitar
Parker Kindred   Drums
Eric Eidel   Drums
Matt Johnson   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Brenda Kahn   Author
Willie Nile   Author
Tom Verlaine   Producer
Karl Berger   String Arrangements
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Jeff Buckley   Composer,Producer
Raymond Asso   Composer
Ben Harper   Author
Lenny Kaye   Author
Johnny Marr   Composer
Morrissey   Composer
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Andy Wallace   Producer,Engineer
Mick Grondahl   Composer
Michael Tighe   Composer,Author
Ben Folds   Author
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Rufus Wainwright   Author
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Bud Snyder   Engineer
Peter Lindgren   Author
Marguerite Monnot   Composer
Parker Kindred   Author
Mary Guibert   Author
Brandon Boyd   Author
Mike Doughty   Author
Susanne Cerha   Art Direction
John Legend   Author
Matt Johnson   Author
Romeo Stodart   Author
Dorothy Scott   Author
Tsuyoski Asano   Engineer
Mick Grongahl   Author
Duncan Sjeik   Author
Fran Healy   Author

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