March 11th is a very special day for many people around the world. Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings are releasing a posthumous Jeff Buckley album titled You and I containing previously unheard tracks. This is the third compilation released since Buckley’s tragic death in 1997, most notably being Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, which was in production when Buckley died. It was released the next year as it was left and still received rave reviews.
You and I features 10 tracks recorded by Buckley when he first signed with Columbia records in 1993. The compilation album is mostly made up of cover songs. Buckley covers Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, and blues guitarist Bukka White, to name a few.
Covers aside, what makes these this album even more special is that it features the very first studio recording of Buckley’s famous title track “Grace” and an original song that hasn’t been heard before titled “Dream of You and I,” which would later transform into “You and I” on Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. What these tracks give us is somewhat of a “prequel” to Buckley’s flourishing artistry. We get to see more of who this ‘mystery white boy’ was and continues to be as he lives in our ears and minds.
Since November 2015 the labels released three singles, “Everyday People,” a cover of Sly and the Family Stone, “Just Like a Woman,” a cover of Bob Dylan, and “I Know It’s Over,” a cover of The Smiths.
When I first listened to “Everyday People” I was looking through the comments under the audio and one line stood out. One person wrote, “For about four and a half minutes, it feels like he’s alive again.” That was only the beginning of Jeff Buckley’s magical talent.
To prepare for the release of You and I this Friday, have a listen to Buckley’s chilling, soulful, stripped down version of “Everyday People” below.