April 19, 2009

Jeff Buckley covers Joni Mitchell


In the early Nineties, some musician/taper was playing New York’s Sin-é club at the same time as a young rising star named Jeff Buckley. Unnamed fella was taping Buckley’s Monday night sets, and has recently put together a compilation of these live tracks, largely covers. Thanks to a tip from a reader in Brooklyn named Adam, I have been listening to these chill-inducing recordings all morning.

People’s Parties (Joni Mitchell) – Jeff Buckley

People’s Parties (original) – Joni Mitchell

Check the Love Live! Bootlegs From Bucklberry blog for this and other tracks, including:

Two versions of “Hallelujah” (Cohen), “Funk 49″ (James Gang), “The Way Young Lovers Do” and “Sweet Thing” (Van Morrison), “In A Different Place” (Ride), “May The Circle Be Unbroken” (traditional gospel), “Twelfth Of Never” (Johnny Mathis?), “Calling You” (Bob Telson), “Strange Fruit” (Billie Holiday), “Julia” (The Beatles), “Lost Highway” (Hank Williams), “Dink’s Song” (traditional), “I Shall Be Released”, “If You See Her, Say Hello” and “Mama You’ve Been On My Mind” (Dylan).

I haven’t even heard many of these covers. What a gift.

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  • Woah….stuff here I haven’t heard! Thanks so much for this, Heather.

    Sean — April 19, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

  • Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this – fantastic show.

    Josh — April 20, 2009 @ 2:45 am

  • Queen wrote Calling You? You’re very much mistaken. It was written by Bob Telson and sung by himself, and another version by Jevetta Steele, for the movie Calling You.

    One of those, or even the version from the TV series would be what Jeff heard, as his version sounds nothing like George Michael (from his Five Live EP), who was accompanied by Queen when singing it on occasion.

    Bucklberry — April 20, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

  • Noted! Thank you for the music.

    browneheather — April 20, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  • ACTUALLY, the Jevetta Steele version of “Calling You” was from a movie called “Baghdad Cafe”. Jeff definitely referred to this version because it had been discussed on the original JB IRC list in the mid 1990s, when he was present in discussions.

    Naz Black — April 12, 2012 @ 4:06 am

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