Originally Posted by RyanC
Thanks for the feedback. I'll definitely look into "Sketches" and is that a fitting name? As in - I know that it was unfinished but sounds like it's good stuff anyway.
Some of it's more than good. The first disc is, for all intents and purposes, a finished CD, albeit one with which Buckley was unhappy in terms of Tom Verlaine's production and, in a few cases, song inclusion. But there are songs on here, like "Morning Theft," "Vancouver," "Everybody Here Wants You," and "The Sky is a Landfill" that show Buckley expanding on his vision and absolutely making good on the promise of Grace. The second CD is largely composed of four-track recordings (along with a few differently-mixed versions of songs from the first disc) that Buckley was developing for a re-thought version of the album. Some are very sketchy, indeed, with Buckley tapping on the mic to simulate percussion, but it shows him going in even weirder directions (weird time signatures abound, and there's an early Genesis cover included to drive the prog point home; there's also one that sounds like it would have been an AC/DC style stomp had he recorded it with a band). But among some of this more disparate and challenging material, there's also the more straightforward "Jewel Box," which is probably one of my favorite Buckley songs.
|I've had the "Grace" Legacy edition on my neverending want-list ever since way back when it came out so maybe I need to bump that up in priority.
The Grace Legacy Edition is cool, but you might get even more out of the Live at Sin-E Legacy Edition, which is just Buckley and an electric guitar. The original release was a four-song EP (2 songs that ended up in band versions on Grace, plus a Van Morrison cover and a French standard) that absolutely killed; the Legacy Edition is a two-disc monolyth that has him going through a number of songs from Grace in their early versions, plus tons and tons of interesting covers (Zeppelin's "Night Flight" is particularly neat, but there's more Van Morrison, some Dylan, Ray Charles).
I can go on and on about Buckley (and, IMO, to complain about him overusing his range is missing the point in the same way it would be to claim that Hendrix needed to reign it in). I saw him twice, once before Grace was released, and both shows were and are among the best I've ever seen. The band I was in a number of years ago (Dimes, which still gets a shoutout on the forum headings here!) headlined a local Buckley tribute, and we ended up developing and modifying some of the Sketches songs ("Jewel Box," "We Could Be So Happy Baby," "The Sky is a Landfill," and "Vancouver") to give them a rockier edge than is given to a lot of Buckley covers - they're all too often performed by waify solo artists with acoustic guitars. Last year or so - many years after our demise - our singer posted videos from the show here
, if anyone's interested - we were a pretty new band at the time, so you'll have to forgive any sloppiness, along with the bad audio (and, unfortunately, the version of "Jewel Box" isn't up, but you'll have to take my word for it that the arrangement was pretty fucking awesome, if not the performance). Anyway, if it hadn't been for Buckley and, specifically, playing that tribute show, I wouldn't have met my wife, who's twice the Buckley fan I am (she spent years assembling what I'm pretty sure is the definitive Buckley bootleg show and rarities MP3 collection - it's kind of staggering).
End of illness-inspired rant.