The songs date from a February 1993 recording session consisting of eight covers alongside two originals - one of which has never been released in any format.
The first recording sessions performed by the late Jeff Buckley for his record label Columbia have been uncovered, and are set to be released as an album early next year.
You And I will be released on March 11th, 2016, and features two original songs – one of which, ‘A Dream of You and I’, has never been heard – alongside eight cover versions of tracks ranging from bluesmen to The Smiths and Sly & The Family Stone.
Buckley died in 1997 at the age of 30 when he got into difficulties swimming in a channel of the Mississippi River. He only released one album, 1994’s seminal Grace, and three EPs during his lifetime, but his work has remained popular in the two decades since, with his cover of ‘Hallelujah’ enjoying widespread rediscovery and commercial success in 2007.
The late singer opens up about his influences in a video interview.
Experience a glimpse into the mind of the untimely deceased music genius Jeff Buckley, in a rare piece of interview footage in which he opens up about his influences, his first forays into music and the making of his first (and last) album 'Grace' which was released in 1994.
Remembering music devotee Jeff Buckley...
On a Spring evening in Memphis in 1998, one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to ever have lived swam out into the Wolf River Harbor and never returned. It was both remarkably sad and shocking in equal measure to see Jeff Buckley fade from the music industry just as quickly as he had arrived. To hear him verbalise his thoughts in this world is somewhat eerie, but there's no doubt the resurfacing of this rare piece of interview footage will be treasured by many.
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'Hallelujah', originally by Leonard Cohen, was covered by Jeff Buckley in 1994 for his album 'Grace'. It was released as a single in 2007.
Date of birth
17th November, 1966
Date of death
29th May, 1997