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Genre: Rock - Folk Rock / Artist: Jeff Buckley / Live / Audio CD released 2002-04-22 at Columbia

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      22.02.2011 01:35
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      Jeff Buckley: Mystery White Boy

      Recordings taken from 6 concerts in Jeff Buckley's Mystery White Boy tour make up this live album.

      My ratings are as follows:
      [*] - Nothing really catches the attention.
      [**] - Something grabs my attention.
      [***] - Gets me air-drumming, air-guitaring and singing along to the track.

      1. Dream Brother
      Slow to start, and though in the buildup there is some laidback vocal improvisation, Jeff is having to squeeze hard for some of those falsetto notes.
      [**]

      2. I Woke Up In A Strange Place
      though the chorus is clear - its buildup heavy, and the riffs dirty.
      [***]

      3. Mojo Pin
      Solid but for the final bridge where Jeff slips into sheepish singing - however he does come on strongly for the finale.
      [**]

      4. Lilac Wine
      As if Buckley has had too much to drink here, what with the guitar losing its way and his vocals being reduced to a croak at the end, though the improvisation in the singing is as strong as it is soulful.
      [***]

      5. What Will You Say
      Similar to Dream Brother in that Jeff's Eastern influences can be heard here. Has great guitar work and singing from Jeff Buckley - where the song title is sung in falsetto being a peak of the performance.
      [***]

      6. Last Goodbye
      Good song and a good performance.
      [**]

      7. Eternal Life
      My least favourite track on 'Grace' - I just don't dig this tune, but even on my favourite section of the song, instead of the singing there's a little lead guitar on one of the breakdowns. Despite the feedback guitar and aggressive, angsty, vocals, Eternal Life just doesn't rock.
      [*]

      8. Grace
      Good song and a good performance.
      [**]

      9. Moodswing Whiskey
      Good song and a good performance (although I prefer Lilac Wine, ahem).
      [**]

      10. The Man That Got Away
      Or the men that got away - just Jeff and his guitar - nice singing but perhaps it would have been better with backing from Buckley's bandmates?
      [**]

      11. Kango Roo
      An awesome song with brilliantly brooding buildups. Where the instruments stop. And Jeff is wailing - his singing sends shivers down my spine.
      [***]

      12. Hallelujah/I Know It's Over (Medley)
      I love the lines from 'I Know It's Over' - the highlight for me in this 'medley'.
      [**]

      Fin
      I wrote in my review of Jeff Buckley's (one and only studio album) Grace that, from what I had heard of his singing live, I was not a fan. I retract that statement - Jeff Buckley is a great singer, and though he can be prone to overdoing the vocals, this does not happen often in the recordings on 'Mystery White Boy', thus making for a good live album.

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        An awesome talent

        *Introduction*

        Jeff Buckley's mother Mary Guibert put this album of live recordings together from various concerts Jeff had performed supporting his album Grace which was released in 1994. The album is made up of DAT recordings of these peformances. The album was released in May 2000 three years after his tragic drowning death aged just 30 years old.


        *Album Review*

        1.) Dream Brother
        This is a very intimate version of this well known Buckley song. The spell binding guitar melody and the soft drum beat draws you in and the vocals and lyrics keep you pinned to the song. A beautifully written and sung track that oozes with emotion. With lyrics like The love you lost with her skin so fair Is free with the wind in her butterscotch hair, Her green eyes bloom goodbyes
        With her head in her hands and your kiss on the lips another, Dream Brother with your tears scattered round the world

        2.) I woke up in a strange place

        One of the lesser known Jeff Buckley tracks here and this track Starts with a gentle guitar intro and then becomes heavier with the drums and the change in the tone of the electric guitar. This is a very interesting track which is very raw and gives off a great attitude. One of the best of his more uptempo tracks on the album. A very good live version with his voice sounding very good.

        3.) Mojo Pin

        This is one of the most well known songs from his 1994 debut album Grace and is one his finest slow tracks. This is a fantastic song with Jeff's soaring falsetto sounding superb. His voice had such an emotive quality to it. This is one of his most loved tracks
        and I can understand why as it is so beautiful.

        4.) Lilac Wine

        This is a superb track which has a great intimate quality about it. Jeff's voice is accompanied by his gentle guitar strokes and then very soft drumming. This really is a beautiful song. This was originally performed by Elkie Brooks but this is by far the best version in my opinion.

        5.) What will you say

        This opens with a nice guitar intro from Jeff and then develops with the help of some nice drums which have a nice quality to them. This track is questioning his father with lyrics like Father do you hear me?, Do you know me?, Do you even care?
        What will you say When they take my place? A brilliant track that is another lesser known track like I woke up in a strange place.

        6.) Last Goodbye

        This is one of my favourite Jeff Buckley songs and this version does the song justice. It's a fantastic live performance of one of his greatest songs. The best lyrics on the track are in my opinion "Must I dream and always see your face? Why can't we overcome this and more? Baby, maybe its 'cause you didn't know me at all Kiss me, please kiss me".

        7.) Eternal Life

        This is a real rock out song and some people may not like the harshness of the electric guitar intro. It is without a doubt his heaviest track and is a superb track that shows the diversity in his musical tastes. This is Buckley at his angriest and most political with lyrics like "Racist everyman, what have you done? Man, you've made a killer of your unborn son, Crown my fear your king at the point of a gun All I want to do is love everyone". There is also an outstanding guitar solo in the middle of this track.

        8.) Grace

        This is a superb version of his great track. I love this track for it's guitar melody alongside the beat of the drum. This is also one of his best songs lyrically with lyrics like My fading voice sings of love, but she cries to the clicking of time,
        Oh, time. Wait in the fire, And she weeps on my arm Walking to the bright lights in sorrow.

        9.) Moodswing Whiskey

        This is a very dark track which starts off with lyrics Mood swing whiskey
        Drank it all in the Trailer Waiting for the dark to move in Sitting in my step-sister's kitchen Horseflies on the window sill Eyes trained on the lemon king And wishing it were a gun which lead into "I think of mankind in quotation marks Ever since i took a drink from you This is for all the headless acrobats Faces crushed in the circus dust
        All in the name of gravity And the price of admission" One of the darkest tracks he ever wrote.

        10.) The man that got away

        This track was first performed by Judy Garland and is a very gentle track with just Jeff and soft guitar tones. Jeff performed it live at Botanique, Brussels, on February 26 1995 and Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, on May 4 1995. Lyrics to this song include
        The man that won you Has gone off and undone you. That great beginning
        Has seen the final inning. Don't know what happened. It's all a crazy game! No more that all time thrill For you've been through the mill And never a new love will
        be the same.

        11.) Kanga-Roo

        This track opens with a nice guitar intro and then Jeff starts singing in a beautifully laid back voice. This track is one of his slowest tracks and has a great relaxed feel to it which works so well. A very good track indeed.

        12.) Halleljujah/I know it's over

        This is a stupendous version of one of the greatest songs he ever recorded. Leonard Cohen's Halleljujah is one of those songs that is so much better when someone else records it. Jeff's version is the best I've ever heard and there have been so many versions of this great song. I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord
        But you don't really care for music, do you? Well it goes like this, The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift The baffled king composing HallelujahThese lyrics make me flabbergasted as how can anyone not really care for music. What is wrong with them??

        The track then blends into I know it's over which is a cover of The Smiths track written by Morrisey and Jonny Marr. I hate almost everything about Morrissey but that didnt put me off luckily this is a fantastic version of the track and opens with a high pitched gentle guitar melody and then gets going with Jeff's lovely vocals. His voice sounds so passionate and he has an amazing ability to make any song sound like an incredible track.

        *Overall*
        This is a fabulous collection of some of Jeff's greatest songs along with a few superb cover versions to boot. The only downside is some of the recordings are a little ropey in terms of sound quality but that is a minor gripe as they don't affect the quality of the tracks too much. An outstanding album from a sadly missed genius who had an incredible three fold ability in music, lyrics and vocals which is very rare to be incredible in all three areas. He will go down as one of the greatest musicians of all-time which is staggering considering how little his body of work is due to his untimely death in 1997.

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          02.03.2007 22:24
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          Brilliant live Buckley album, a must buy for all his fans

          In this live album Jeff does some of his Grace songs, some covers and some songs that to my knoledge never got released as a studio recording.

          Mystery white boy, the tours of 95-96 is a CD covering Jeffs unsatiable appetite for his own live music. He had a knack of never doing a song the same more than once, This is shown in effect by listening to his other live albums (such as "Live at sine").

          Track Listings
          1. Dream Brother
          2. I Woke Up In A Strange Place
          3. Mojo Pin
          4. Lilac Wine
          5. What Will You Say
          6. Last Goodbye
          7. Eternal LIfe
          8. Grace
          9. Moodswing Whiskey
          10. The Man That Got Away
          11. Kanga Roo
          12. Hallelujah/I Know It's Over (medley)


          Dream Brother, is a song he recorded for grace, and he belts out an extended version with a 2 min 30 second intro to such a buckley loved classic. 9/10

          I woke up in a strange place is Jeff at his lyrical best, a song that like so many on the album, that should have been released as a single. 10/10

          Mojo Pin is a song I was never a big fan of though Jeff's wailing desperation of sadness in his voice carries the song high than any other version I've heard, just as he allows his voice to hang and roll with the backing melody. 7/10

          Lilac wine is a song that Nina Simone did many years before Jeff and to Nina's credit her version is slightly better than this version of Jeff's. Although not a disappointment, it's not my fave song on the CD.
          7/10

          What will you say, Now this is more like it, a heavy strong song in what seems like a personal song about his father (though it was in fact written by Jeff's friend Chris Dowd). You can feel the searing anger in Jeff's voice at parts, whilst in other be struck in awe at his versatile voice.10/10

          Last goodbye, This is an angrier sounding version of his Grace classic, the anger in the music (although not his voice as such) lets the song seem to over-come it's own emotional stale mate as a longing fellow saying goodbye to his former love. 9/10

          Eternal life, This is actually more like the later revised "Road version" (from grace's 10th anniversary box set). Jeff's voice is sounding so angry, you can almost touch the angst coming off every note he sings. His angst aimed at the music industry for their crusiade against on stage Jamming (as was seen in early versions of "Kanga-roo")/ 10/10

          Grace, A more weeping version than the original as Jeff sings about longing for death. The notes of the guitar and Jeff's voice fit in almost a sychnosised fashion to allow us to hear such a wonderful song, though Jeff at times sounds like he's wanting to let his words cry. 9/10

          Moodswing whiskey, A nice keeping up tempo sonic blast with a variation of soft and hard notes. Jeff's voice again sounding angry but yet with the grit it also sounds soft and pure. 8/10

          The man that got away, the worst song on the album, seems out of place and too ballady compared to the rest. Although I'm sure many would argue it sets up the finale, and gives the album a time to take a breath, personally I feel like Jeff was just looking for filler. 5/10

          Kanga-roo, Although not Jeff's longest version of this song, it's still a fair marathon at just shy of 10 and a half mins. The musical side of the song is supreme and sublimley put together with a soft but yet catchy set of lyrics. This song does what the previous song failed at, and allowed a breather to the break neck pace of the rest of the album. 9/10

          Hallelujah/I Know It's Over (medley), Two classics in one, what more must we ask for? A combination of Jeff's most loved song (originally by Leonard Cohen) and a Smith's classic. This was the ideal song to finish the album, as Jeff's voice says much more than the words i type can possibly attempt to. 10/10

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            I know that Jeff Buckley is really, really good. Let me get this out of the way, I'm a HUGE Jeff Buckley fan. This means that I like him a lot, not that I'm particularly big in stature. I also believe that his album from 1993, Grace, is the greatest album ever made, so if you don't own it, take a chance and give it a go. Now, because of my obsessivenss with Jeff, this means I'm reviewing this album rather than Grace as I don't yet feel worthy to talk about that. Also, as I'm on planet fan and because I haven't written a review in ages, this will be a long and at times rambling opinion so try to persevere. Thank you for your time. Jeff Buckley was the son of Tim Buckley, another singer and although he denied this fact extraneously this was where he inherited a lot of his musical talent and one of the finest, most versatile voices ever. He drowned tragically in a Missisippi river (the Wolf River for anoraks) on May 29th 1997. Since that time there have been three releases by his record company: Mystery White Boy: a collection of his best live performances between '95 and '96. Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk: Demos from the album which Jeff planned as a follow up to Grace. Live A L'Olympia: One entire gig recorded in France. So that's what this is, a collection of his finest live performances as selected by his band. About time I got on with this really. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- Dream Brother/ 8:48 / Recorded at Club Logo, Hamburg, Germany. Febuary 22 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- The first track is taken from Grace. This live version is far longer and in some ways superior to the studio version. At first the crowd is chatting away to themselves and then the first relaxing notes float across the sound system. the drums
            drift in after about a minute and the song really starts to take shape. After 2:32, Jeff remembers he's supposed to be singing and begins. His lazy vocals are immaculate and the verse is perfect for taking a snooze to. The lyrics are beautiful: "The love you lost with her skin so fair, Is free with the wind in her butterscotch hair, Her green eyes blew goodbyes, With her head in her hands and your kiss on the lips of another, Dream Brother, with your tears scattered round the world" In complete contrast with the verse the chorus blasts onto the screen with a burst of drums and a frankly spooky vocal warning us not to "be like the one who made me so old". The guitar from Jeff and his fellow guitarist Michael Tighe is loud and screeching while the drums from Matt Johnson are amazing. This continues in the same vein until the very end, where it goes very quiet until the chorus blasts back in. An absolute gem of a song, though perhaps a little to long at the start. We are however gifted with a customary Jeff scream. YAY! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ I Woke Up In A Strange Place/5:05 / Recorded at Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Austrailia. Febuary 28 1996 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This is a non-album track and is one of my favourites. It starts immediately with guitar and a drum loop. It's instantly rocky, which Jeff doesn't try that often. Jeff's voice rises in parts, showing his incredible vocal range, some accuse him of acting like a bit of a rock god, but i say if you've got it flaunt it, and by God doesn't he do it well? The chorus starts a bit screechy but calms down slightly and the vocals are choc-full of passion, while the guitars, the bass and the drums are played with an almost unbelievable vigour. I don't know
            if this song would have appeared on a later album, but if it had gone unheard it would be a huge injustice, just like Spain vs Ireland in this World Cup. Yeah, I know it has no relevance, but I'm Irish and still pissed off dammit. The crowd were really treated at this gig as 5 of the tracks on this album are from this gig. This song really livens up the crowd and they give a massive cheer as the guitar wails. Great song. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Mojo Pin / 6:06 / Recorded at Theatre De Fourviere, Lyon, France. July 4 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This is the first track from Grace and it's absolutely breathtaking. Jeff starts this track with a bit of vocal warmup which I dare anyone to try and recreate. Actually I don't, as the last time I did the man's vocal chords decided that this was to much and leapt from his throat leaving me with a hefty lawsuit. The guitar fades in with a slight echo on it and the vocals are dreamlike before suddenly becoming slightly more interesting as Jeff adds in a couple of frills for the sake of it.Tthe lyrics again are exceptional: "If only you'd come back to me If you laid at my side Wouldn't need no Mojo Pin To keep me satisfied" Don't know what a Mojo pin is but it sounds damn saucy. the chorus builds, as the drums become more intense until it peaks at the line "Black beauty I love you so". The song also builds to the point of toppling. The song has many gaps before bursting back into the song, but the last of these is one of the greatest gaps in the history of music. Jeff tells us that "It's you I've waited my life to see, it's you I've searched so hard for". The song then stops for 4 seconds before slamming us in the face with an explosion of drums and
            vocals with enough raw emotion to feed a book club of romance novel readers. Absolutely fantastic, possibly the best song on the album. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Lilac Wine/5:19 / Recorded at Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Austrailia. Febuary 28 1996 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This song is very strange and slightly mystifying. Written by J. Shelton, it begins with Jeff just stumming a chord then singing a line, playing a chord then singing a line before the chorus bursts in. This song I think had special meaning for Jeff, as he was known to have had a slight alchohol problem and so the lyrics "I drink much more than I ought to drink because it brings me back you..." have more than a little relevance. The verse is more than a little frightening aswell, and is even scarier on the studio version on Grace. The chorus is mostly a drum roll continously playing while Jeff sings that "Lilac Wine is sweet and heady, like my love". This is not the greatest song ever written but it's sung with passion and this shines through and makes it altogether enjoyable. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ What Will You Say / 7:34 / Recorded at Theatre De Fourviere, Lyon, France. July 4 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This too is a non-album track, and this is just sheer brilliance. This song was written about his estranged father and the lyrics are powerful and moving. The first lyrics in it are "It's been such a long time and I was just a child then, what will you say when you see my face?" I want to stop the review of the song here to give a quote from Jeff which sums up the way he felt albout his father. Some will accuse me of j
            ust trying to take up space, but I call it research! He said "They will accuse me of stealing from my father. They already wait in baited judgement, waiting for my first move, waiting to dump their loads of garbage on me. I face them like the man he never was and say "The only thing I stole from my father was a FLEETING GLIMPSE". This shows not only is boredom of comparisons but his confusion of his father's departure. This song deals with this issue and the guitar is slightly melancholy while the vocals have more than a little anger in them. An outstanding track which continues perhaps for slightly longer than is necessary. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Last Goodbye / 4:58 / Recorded at Olympia, Paris, France. July 7 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This song is one of the greatest on Grace and is done more justice than I ever thought possible. Jeff jokes with the crowd displaying his adavanced language skills: "Mange beacoup le fromage" (Eat a lot of cheese). The song starts off with a bit of slide guitar, before a heavy bass line from Mick Grondhal. Then the drums burst in and the song develops a mournful tone and Jeff bursts in with some truly emotional vocals: "This is our last goodbye, I hate to feel the love between us die, But it's over, just hear this and then I'll go, You gave me more to live for, more than you'll ever know. This is our last embrace, must I dream and always see your face? Why can't we overcome this wall? Maybe it's just because I didn't know you at all" This song does have the power to move you to tears, at first emotional, then angry, it is so close to perfect that it can smell its eau de cologne. The song goes on its not so merry way till a point where the song feels li
            ke it can't get any emotional. And then it does. The drum rolls crash while Jeff sings "Did you say `no this can't happen to me`?" This album just like Grace is so full of masterpieces that they are almost impossible to describe. Just believe me if you buy Grace you WILL NOT regret it. This song is one of the best songs ever made. Nuff said, really. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Eternal Life /5:58 / Recorded at Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Austrailia. Febuary 28 1996 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This is Jeff's only REALLY rocky song and the quality of it makes you wonder why. Packed full of as much distortion as possible and letting the feedback reign as king, Jeff launches into the 5th track from Grace on this album. A guitar riff rules throughout and Jeff sounds as if he's really enjoying himself. The riff appears slightly like a Nirvana riff, though I'm not sure which one. I don't like e'm very much to be honest. Yes, yes, I do appreciate the irony of him singing about eternal life. I get it. Very clever. The lyrics again are good although perhaps not his best. I do like the line "Did you really think this bloody road would pave the way for you". Jeff screams and shouts his way through almost 6 minues of madness and we even see the presence of those rarest of creatures with Jeff, a guitar solo!!! AHHH!! What does happen however, is that he stops the song and starts snarling and growling at the crowd. Why? Anybody's guess, really. Drugs, drink, a big sign saying snarl at us... who knows? It then flings us back headlong into a world where S Club 7 are not welcome. Ahh, rock. Where would we be without you. A highlight on Grace and a highlight on this. Great piece of music. -----------------------------------------------------
            ------------------------------------------- Grace /5:39 / Recorded at Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Austrailia. Febuary 28 1996 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- The title track from his debut album is next and this is the song that is most improved live. It is a must have for any Jeff fans out there. It starts out with Jeff saying "This is for the Gryffindors" (I smell a libel case, Ms. Rowling.) At least that's what I think he says. The wonderful guitar riff leaks through before turning slightly more rocky (I said slightly) and Jeff's vocals start to play a familiar tune. Before I go any further may I point out that in this song he says "I'm not afraid, afraid to die" and also "I feel them DROWN my name". Coincidence? Well yes, frankly but worth pointing out? No, frankly. The bridge is beautiful as Jeff exercises that wonderful vocal ability once again. The chorus consists of him telling us to "wait in the fire". For once this song is actually more about the excellence of his band rather than his voice. This song is the perfect blend of vocals, drums bass and guitar. A testimony to his outstanding and often overlooked band, especially seeing as they perform this extremely complex song flawlessly live. Brilliant. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Moodswing Whiskey / 5:36 / Recorded at Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Austrailia. Febuary 28 1996 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- This song I have always found slightly plain, it's just guitar, a bit of bass and Jeff. The lyrics are dark and disturbing such as "Staring at the lemon peel and wishing it was a gun". This song I feel slightly lets down the album, as the guitar is little more than ordinary and the vocals are just above
            normal standard but compared with the other songs on this album it seems like filler. I am more dissapointed by the fact that possibly the best song ever made Lover You Should've Come Over is not on this album as he did perform it many times live and it could surely have replaced this track. However it does show that EVEN Jeff can make bad tunes, a fact worth rembering if you plan to become obsessed with an artist to the extent of me with Jeff (-: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ The Man That Got Away / 3:47 / Recorded at Great American Music Hall, San Fransisco, Ca, USA May 4 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- The shortest track on this SEVENTY EIGHT AND A HALF MINUTE album. Now if that ain't value for money, I don't know what is. This is available on CD Wow for whatever the English price is. It's damn cheap anyway. Jeff begins it by whistling to himself in a cool way. The lyrics are good enough, but then Jeff didn't write them. H. Arlen and I. Gershwin did. "The road is bitter, the stars have lost their glitter". It's basically about someone who's sad because of the man that got away. It's funny in a sort of a lame song way. I enjoy it because it's not too serious and Jeff's songs can be a bit heavy at times. I don't know who originally did this song so if anyone can help me out I'd appreciate it greatly. I've devoted my life to the pursuit of knowledge about Jeff. Whimsical yet a decent song, well worth a listen. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Kanga Roo / 10:23 / Recorded at The Phoenician Theatre, Sydney, Austrailia. September 6 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- The
            longest track on the album weiging in at a hefty 10 minutes 23 sceonds, and in my humble opinion there is not a bad second in it. Fitting that it should be played in Oz. The vocals are incredibly emotional once again. He breathes incredible passion into each syllable, something unheard of since the great soul singers like Otis Reading and Marvin Gaye. The guitar again is flawless. The lyrics are about the different times he's seen this girl and how incredible she looked, although again I must point out this is not a Jeff song. The drums are low-key but special. the bass also is non-descript, as this song is all about showing the incredible power of Jeff's voice which could move mountains, probably. Well no, actually it couldn't do anything of the sort. I apologise profusely for undermining your intelligence. The song continues in this manner for about 7 minutes but never drags and always seems fresh when I listen to it. then a cool retro guitar riff dominates for the rest. An incredeliciously fabtastically excellirific song. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------ Hallelujah\I Know It's Over (Medley) / 9:17 / Recorded at King Theater, Seattle, WA, USA. May 7 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------- And so we reach the end. But what an end. This song is just absolutely magnificent. It is a medley of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and I Know It's Over by The Simths both outstaning songs in their own right. But together... words fail me. Put it this way. I would spend 15 English pounds on an album for this song alone. Jeff's version of Hallelujah far outdid contender's as the best version, beating Rufus Wainwright and even the mighty Cohen himself. The song starts and the crowd gives a cheer and then shuts the hell up. They know they are in for a musical experience they will never for
            get. The crowds at Jeff's concerts appeared to be in awe as they never utter one sound during songs. I know how they felt. Both of these songs have outstanding lyrics so I'll pick out the best ones from each. Hallelujah: "Well maybe there's a God above, but all I've ever learned from love was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya. It's not a cry that you hear at night, it's not somebody who's seen the light, it's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah". I Know It's Over: "Oh Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head, and as I climb into an empty bed, oh wow. I know it's over" This is just breathtaking. It is the greatest song on the album and maybe the second best song of all time. I'd forgotten how good it is, god bless dooyoo, eh? C'est fini. Go home to your family's and boast about your now incredible knowledge of Jeff's life. This op took 8 hours and a lot of chocolate to write so I hope you appreciate it. Please comment, it cheers up my otherwise dull world. Goodbye

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              For fans of Jeff Buckley out there, all I need say is buy this album. For the uninitiated, its probably best to start with Grace. My album review goes as follows; Dream Brother – An epic opening, almost nine minutes long with the famed Buckley falsetto soaring throughout the song. This version is a marked improvement on the version in Grace. I woke up in a strange place – A ‘new’ song (not on any other albums), crashing drums and guitar led, with Jeff adopting more of a screech than anything during parts. Ok, but not a particular favourite of mine. Mojo Pin – Slowed down from his album’s version, that tiptoes for 3 ½ minutes until Jeff and his band let go with a rushing crescendo. The song then enters another high-adrenaline raucous phase. Overall, stunning. Lilac wine – This song is growing on me, and I think this particular version compares well with both the version on Grace and Live at l’Olympia. A tender gentle song that could well shatter at any moment. What will you say – My current favourite song, only found previously on Live at l’Olympia, this 7 minute epic encompasses everything that a truly great song ought, namely wonderful singing, a perfect ‘hook’ and music that swoons behind, with and over the vocalist. The song has tender meaning – Jeff wrote it about his dad (the country artist Tim) who he only met once. Last Goodbye – This song is another Jeff Buckley classic with the classic line “kiss me, please kiss me, kiss me out of desire babe, not consolation”. A beautiful, beautiful song. Eternal life – An up-tempo ROCK song that provokes famed shakings of the head and much toe tapping! A broody, angry noise that’s positively blasted out by the band. Much better than the album version. Grace – Another song better than the Grace’s counterpart, you’ll end up lovi
              ng this song for every second until, the final exhausted moment. The best song on this album perhaps? Moodswing Whisky – A new song, in a style set apart from the others on the album, this is a drunken song that stumbles about like the man it talks about. One of the weaker songs on the album, but still showing Buckley hallmarks (angry piercing vocals, driving guitars) The man that got away – Again new, and again in an unusual style. A melodic plodding song with minimal music. Jeff’s voice is laid almost bare, and with clever, if simple, character and lyrics, it marks a welcome and refreshing change. Kanga Roo – This is the longest track on the album at over 10 minutes long. A graceful introduction to the song leads into another epic Buckley crescendo, the type that punctuates so many of his songs. Jeff’s voice is quite simply awesome on this quite excellent track. The tempo picks up toward the end - a rhythmic pulsating song (the drummer, Matt Johnson, stealing the limelight) that thrills the crowd. Hallelujah/I know its over (medley) – The final track on the album begins with another charming rendition on Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ leading into The Smiths’ ‘I know it’s over’. Wonderful. Overall, this is a stunning album to compliment Grace; a sumptuous compilation that everyone who enjoys music should own. Jeff Buckley has the greatest voice i've ever heard, with an almighty range and such power. Combine with this driving guitars and you've got yourself a band who could have been globally huge, instead of a cult treasure. Note, this album is particularly quite as a whole, and will need to be listened to on a high volume to pick up the intimate live warmth of the album. Also, get your hands on the Australian import if possible, because it contains another CD of unrealesed tracks.

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                14.07.2001 03:10
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                Many of you have probably not heard of this man but his music is just so brilliant. He influences all the top British bands today. Thom Yorke apparently wrote the tracks High And Dry and Fake Plastic Trees after seeing Jeff in concert. He then broke down in tears after hearing them played back to him for the first time. Buckley was renowned for his live performances; the ethereal voice made real, captivating the audience, a band who could rise and fall with every improvised move. And there's no doubt that 3 years after his death at the hands of the Mississippi, Jeff Buckley's reputation is continuing to grow even though he released just one full length album during his lifetime. So, Mystery White Boy wants to let us in on the secret; for those who were never there, the promise is that we can join in the caballistic enjoyment of Jeff Buckley live. And, in general, MWB doesn't disappoint. There are good versions of some great songs, and three cuts previously unavailable on official release. Of these, there is the punchy Woke Up In A Strange Place, the seemingly prophetic What Will You Say, and the lamenting Mood Swing Whiskey. Overall, however, the quality is variable (two track soundboards do not make for panoramic, live-quality records) and the precedence of material previously seen on Grace is a little jarring. For somebody generally recognised as so experimental in live performance, it would have been nice to see a few more 'new' tracks - or more of the beautiful pieces like his cover of The Man Who Got Away. Much of what has been released since Jeff died (under the auspices of his mother, Mary Guibert) seems intent on compounding the myth: here is a man who died accidentally...yet Guibert introduces versions of Cohen's 'Hallelujah' which segue into 'I Know It's Over' by The Smiths: Jeff singing 'Mother I can feel the soil falling over my head' is a little clo
                se for comfort. Nonetheless, for all its faults, this is touched by genius. Buckley - even though he was struck down so early - produced one of the 90s greatest albums in Grace, and was a timeless talent. Mystery White Boy, the latest addition to the JB canon, hints once more at the marvel that was Jeff Buckley.

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                  04.05.2001 06:47

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                  The whole album is amazing, definately something for jeff Buckley fans to buy if you love Grace - Advantages: Has extra unheard songs included in it, The songs are all live, so you get a feel of Jeff singing live - Disadvantages: You'll find yourself wanting to listen to it all the time!

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                  This album has showed me that Jeff isnt a mystery at all, simply a genius. I was left totally breathless by "Grace", the most famous album, and the songs on that are totally reinvented on "Mystery White Boy". This is achieved in such an innovative way you feel like hes singing right to you and only you. I may ramble on about this compilation but its very special to me. The whole album is a compilation of live songs chosen by the band, in dedication of Jeff Buckley. These songs include some off of Grace, and a few songs that have never been heard before, but are equally amazing. The music on this album creates winding paths for Jeff's voice to discover which is so angelic it makes me want to cry. Most songs sound like the band are making it up yet the riffs, singing patterns and breaks seem it calculated and precise. The whole album is amazing but there are some songs that take getting to know. The intricacy of it adds depth, however I found that this also means close attention has to be paied. If you want an album with many emotional extremes then buy it but I would enjoy "Grace" first if you are new to Jeff. This album ranges from rock to folk to jazz, experience it!

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                Disc #1 Tracklisting
                1 Dream Brother
                2 I Woke Up In A Strange Place
                3 Mojo Pin
                4 Lilac Wine
                5 What Will You Say
                6 Last Goodbye
                7 Eternal LIfe
                8 Grace
                9 Moodswing Whiskey
                10 The Man That Got Away
                11 Kanga Roo
                12 Hallelujah/I Know It's Over (medley)