WHY WE CHOSE IT :
We always want to send you records that will stay in your collection forever. As our club expands and as we make new friends in music with you all, we understand that it's a journey we're taking together. Occasionally, we want to slip in something extraordinary from the past - a classic, an essential record and something we call a 'gap filler', something for all collectors - veteran and newbies alike.
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The greatest albums of all time, #art
IF YOU LIKE...
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY :
"One of the greatest songwriters of this decade"
- Bob Dylan
"... the best album ever made."
- David Bowie
"... my favourite album of the decade."
- Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
"Like the best of films, or the best of art, there's something going on underneath, and there's a truth there. And I find his stuff absolutely haunting. It just... it's under my skin."
- Brad Pitt
"... its rewards have lost nothing in years, Grace remains one of the most engaging, inspired records ever made."
#1 Modern Rock Record of All Time
.... and so on.
A BIT MORE :
When Columbia Records signed Jeff Buckley, he was performing cover songs at a small Irish club in New York called Sine.
Within months, he formed a band, found a producer, wrote seven original songs and rehearsed those songs along with three cover songs for Grace, his debut album and only official full-length album release, released August 23rd 1994.
The very definition of timeless, Grace somehow worked in 1994, yet it was the antithesis of the time when grunge ruled. But think about it harder - there isn't an era before or since that it wouldn't have worked.
Buckley was the son of experimental folk singer Tim Buckley, who also died tragically at 28 when Jeff was very young. Somehow, his penchant for experimenting spilt over onto Grace and his love of Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone and Van Morrison shines through. He and his potent backing band ended up pulling off some things no other young singer/songwriter would dare attempt.
Four proper singles were released from the album - 'Grace', 'Last Goodbye', 'So Real' and 'Eternal Life' - but it's their coexistence with and handful of unconventional covers that makes Grace work as a whole. Like, what on earth possessed him to record the bleak albeit beautiful standard 'Lilac Wine'? And how does he make it work?!
His version of 'Hallelujah' now transcends the popularity of any other version, including the original from Leonard Cohen. His version of 'Corpus Christi Carol', based on Janet Baker's version, is dedicated to a childhood friend who introduced him to the song.
27 years later, Buckley's legacy remains untainted and many posthumous releases have followed hinging off a fascination Grace set, begging the question "what would he have done next" more than any other artist.