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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

More Jeff Buckley rarities

I have this amazing secret reference person, known only to me by email, a San Franciscan named Lisa who is a veritable treasure trove of Jeff Buckley information. She found me after my first Jeff Buckley post, and she has been a superstar ever since.

My friend Matthew, who runs the Don't Need Anything blog, recently posted some intriguing-sounding Jeff Buckley songs without any information about what they were or where they came from. Since you know that I just finished reading that Jeff Buckley bio, I wanted to plug the songs into the timetable in my head and get more information.

So, this becomes a story of when Lisa met Matthew (sort of).

I forwarded Lisa the link to see what she knew. Of course, she replied in full glory. She writes:

To the absolute joy and amazement of many, some of these songs surfaced late this past winter. No one really knows their origin. The file that contained the tracks was entitled "Rarities From NYC."

With the exception of "Forget Her" (which was most likely recorded during the Grace sessions), it's believed that most of the tracks were recorded in New York City in early to mid ‘96. I remember reading that Jeff had a bunch of cassettes that contained some of the music from his time with the boys in Sag Harbor, in late 95. But these were pretty much just shit they were purging from themselves after Grace.

Then there are the rehearsals and preliminary versions of songs for My Sweetheart the Drunk, recorded at Sorcerer in NYC in the summer of 96 with Tom Verlaine, pre-Parker Kindred (last drummer). Then there are some studio recordings with Verlaine after Parker joined on as well. It's hard to pin them down because they aren't mentioned in anything that's been written about. One can only speculate.

We don't know who is jamming with Jeff on “When The Levee Breaks” (which is a total joy to hear, considering Jeff's love of Zeppelin), or on “We Could Be So Happy Baby” (which is fantastic to be able to hear an arrangement with a full band). I'm guessing this was recorded before his 4-track version from his solo sessions in Memphis that actually ends up on My Sweetheart the Drunk. It's just lovely to hear him pulling the guys through some of these songs like when he sings out the chords: "Gimmie A,A,A,A,A...” in “When My Love Comes Down.”

I'm sure there's a lot of music that Sony and the Estate are unaware of. Anyone who worked with Jeff during his recording lifetime is bound to have unreleased material. And you know how it is . . . music has a way of drifting around through fellow musicians, lovers, friends and acquaintances. It's well known that Jeff made tapes for his bandmates and lovers. I met a guy here in SF that was friends with drummer Eric Eidel, who played and recorded with Jeff (between Matt's exit and Parker's entrance). He claimed to have those sessions on tape, which I believe are some of the Verlaine sessions.

There are a bunch of songs that are known of but haven't surfaced yet. Some of them have twisted titles, such as “Dendrils of Death,” “Men on Drugs,” “Open Up and Bleed,” and “I Love Liquor.” Then there's the infamous “Sky Blue Skin,” which (guitarist) Michael Tighe refers to as an important piece of music. And the hits keep coming -- ha!

Anyway, hope that sheds a shred of light . . . Keep those Buckley posts coming. It's wonderful that people are still excited to hear his work. You have to love the way the music inevitably finds its way into the hands of those who really desire to hear it. The best part is, no one can capitalize on it. It's just all about the love of his music.

And yes, she writes that eloquently all the time. Flippin' sweet.

When The Levee Breaks - Jeff Buckley
(Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie cover, made popular by Led Zeppelin)

I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby - Jeff Buckley

Forget Her (alternate version) - Jeff Buckley
(I think this could have completely been a single, but Jeff disagreed with me and Sony on that one)

Opened Once (Instrumental) - Jeff Buckley

River of Dope - Jeff Buckley

When My Love Comes Down - Jeff Buckley

Untitled - Jeff Buckley



At July 18, 2006 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. It's great to hear these; they've seemed to disappear after awhile. Hopefully those 4 tracks will surface.

At July 18, 2006 9:59 PM, Anonymous nateslost said...


garbage can tape:

At July 19, 2006 8:18 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Great post, BUT! "Levee" is NOT a Zep cover...that's a very old blues song from before even I was born. It appears to have been composed by Memphis Minnie, tho' in their usual thoughtful way, the Zepsters stole credit for it (not the only classic blues tune they pilferd either).

At July 19, 2006 8:35 AM, Blogger heather said...

Fascinating, Greg. Thanks!

Note to self: always check!

At July 19, 2006 10:48 AM, Blogger Kelli said...

THANK YOU!!! This is so cool.

At July 19, 2006 12:41 PM, Blogger Don't Need Anything said...

haha...youre awesome.

At July 19, 2006 12:45 PM, Anonymous Douglas said...

I did mention how you're my favorite person in the world, right?

At July 19, 2006 3:59 PM, Blogger coxon le woof said...

Lovely Jeff Buckley loveliness.

Thanks you!

At July 19, 2006 9:42 PM, Anonymous lisa said...

Wow Heather, I'm flaming red. Not from anger but from embarrassment. I'm also flattered and pleased to, er well sorta, meet Matt. Ah, hi Matt.

And Greg, I don't think I said that "Levee" was written by Zep, though, clearly, Buckley's version here, is a cover of Zeppelin's. I adore his unabashed love of them and how it comes through on this take. I was not aware that Zeppelin credited themselves as the originators of the song. I always thought Plant and Page were straight up about their influences... Those bad rock-n-roll boys.

I just pray that the long arm of the Estate brings no harm to the beautiful thing that's happening here.

At July 19, 2006 10:21 PM, Blogger Don't Need Anything said...

hi lisa!
im matt!

At July 20, 2006 8:59 PM, Blogger stephanie said...

Oh my God! You continue to amaze me! I am just about the biggest Jeff Buckley fan on Earth, and I have never heard that River of Dope song. I can't even explain the excitement of hearing something "new" from Jeff. He moves me in ways I am not sure anyone ever will be able to again. I sincerely thank you!!!


At July 21, 2006 2:25 PM, Anonymous Alexis said...

Hi spoke of you blog few weeks ago on my french blog. I have to say that yours is really really great ! Thanks for all your posts ! About Jeff, you should have uploaded "Everybody here wants you" which is also a greaaaaat one !
You should speak about is brother Brian Buckley, he's doing great stuff as well, I really like "Wonder"

At July 21, 2006 9:52 PM, Anonymous lisa said...

Corey Moorehead is the, one and only, stepbrother of Jeff Buckley (incase anyone cares).

At July 22, 2006 6:20 PM, Anonymous Alexis said...

All right...Didn't know...Anyway you gotta hear his music, it's awesome ! ;-)

At July 26, 2006 1:46 PM, Anonymous Justine said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I just got back from having to travel to Colorado to clear out my (late) Grandfathers house, and coming home to see this is beyond words. Thank you so much. This is amazing. I'm crying right now. I really can't thank you(and your friend lisa) for this. Thank you.

At July 31, 2006 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are all great, aren't they?

I'm such a Buckley geek I feel the need to offer a few corrections though, in case anyone cares.

First, I don't think we should assume these songs were recorded in NYC. As was already pointed out, Forget Her was probably from Bearsville, and another song that surfaced from this same "NYC Rarities" collection, the All Flowers in Time duet with Liz Fraser, was definitely recorded in London. Some of these songs seem very much earlier than others to my ear.

When the Levee Breaks was pretty much rewritten and rearranged by Led Zep, so it's safe to call it a Led Zeppelin cover I'd say. BTW, the song is credited on their album (IV) as having been written by Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant/Memphis Minnie.

Also, Cory Morehead is Jeff's HALF brother, not step-brother. He does also have a step-brother (technically since Tim adopted him he would leagally be Jeff's half-brother too): his name is Taylor Buckley.

At July 31, 2006 8:12 PM, Blogger heather said...

That's awesome, thanks. The more information, the merrier on these tracks.

At July 31, 2006 10:31 PM, Anonymous Hugo said...

Knowing that Jeff's first musical passion was Leds Physical Graffiti and that he learned to play it all back and forth and also being myself both a Jeff Buckley and Led Zeppelin fanatic I feel I need to express my gratitude towards this exceptional piece of music that you so kindly offered us. My feelings are better expressed as such: OH YEAAAAAAAH!!! thanks a lot!! you are all gods!! :P

At August 05, 2006 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ran accross your blog today for the first time! Would you be willing to repost those tracks? I would love to get a hand on them. I don't have much rare Buckley to offer in return - his live Glastonbury festival 1995 and the Garbage can Tape is about it, though both are fantastic in my humble opinion - but i would be forever grateful. Thank you!

At August 05, 2006 11:15 PM, Blogger heather said...

I didn't take them down - they should still be live!

At August 08, 2006 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks! the songs are great. i don't know why i wasn't able to download them the other day.

At August 14, 2006 11:36 PM, Blogger Pierre said...

And with these I will spend another few days wondering why the hell he was allowed to make just one album before going away........

Thank you... thank you... :)

At August 27, 2006 3:57 PM, Anonymous Ian said...

I found your blog while looking for the NY Garbage tapes and I have to say Cheers!

At September 12, 2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot! "Untitled" is really
beautiful. You wouldn't happen to have any more info on that track?
Like recording date or place or something?

A forgotten diamond.

At September 30, 2006 6:20 AM, Blogger MissMuse said...

Hey just got into Jeff Buckley like 2 weeks ago. Been on a rampage devouring everything I can. :) Thanks so much for posting these. I'm always really happy to see someone else who likes him...it really seems either you love the guy or you just don't know him yet!
Love the cover of When The Levee Breaks! WOW!

At October 28, 2006 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you re post these tracks? Get an error message saying "file doesn't exist..."

At October 28, 2006 3:58 PM, Blogger heather said...

Anon, EZArchive, my file server, was recently "upgraded" and all old links are lost. I will be re-posting the new links to the files as I am able, and this is one I will definitely do. Just check back, I don't have an ETA.

At October 30, 2006 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Err... Could anyone host these up again somewhere? The only two blog offering these are down... Anybody?

At December 03, 2006 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting up the tracks, I got to know about Jeff Buckley recently.....I guess its because MTV and their like here in my side of the world largely ignored Albums like "Grace" and were more keen to sell stuff like "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em".

My favorite Buckley Track is "Forget Her"......perhaps because of where I am in my life at the current moment........even so it is a really well written song and performed really well......I was really surprised that Jeff left it out of Grace..........does anybody know why?

At December 31, 2006 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much!

At January 19, 2007 6:45 AM, Blogger Jeeps said...

@ Anonymous, i think he left Forget Her of because he considered it too personal to put on a record.

Anyway, thanks a bunch for this!

At January 23, 2007 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tonight I decided to search online for some information on Jeff Buckley. I did not know a lot about him, except I had heard his album "Grace" which I had found quite moving.

I came across this website and another. It is heart warming and just a wonderful thing when one's life, his contribution to this world and everything he stood for is remembered by those who appreciate what he did.

It is also saddening to know that such a beautiful person, which I felt he was when listening to his voice, was lost at such a young age.

Yet his music, the memories that those who loved him hold and those memories held by all those who share in the joy of what he left behind, will always remind us of --Jeff Buckley.

Anonymous, From the Heart

At January 25, 2007 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been looking for "Forget Her" forEVER...can't find the Legacy-edition of Grace anywhere + can't download from the US iTMS as I am non-US = you just saved my life! Thank you so, so much!!! :-D

Johan, Denmark

At February 08, 2007 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simoly a great artist.

At February 19, 2007 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just rediscovering Jeff, maybe i'm older and more mature and in a better place to appreciate his work fully. I'm listening to him singing on a phone right now, with a live band ... and his voice is just so perfect and heartbreaking. I feel like i'm grieving for his death now. It's a very strange way to feel. I hope everyone on planet earth has the chance to hear this man sing at least once, truly a gift from somewhere to all of us.

At March 31, 2007 4:35 AM, Anonymous stefano said...

oh yeah!
from italy: BLACK BEAUTY "friends of Jeff Buckley"




At April 02, 2007 7:17 PM, Blogger Richard said...

hey, nice blog, I saw jeff in australia, fantastic show with aus. legends Crow, who had a similiar band sound.

hey I once heard a live CD called Tears From the Stars, is this easily available? I can't seem to find it anywhere..

At April 06, 2007 9:16 AM, Anonymous Oliver said...

just stumbled across this now. thank you so much for this fresh wave of Jeff, i'm overjoyed to hear "new" material by him. Listened to it as i bought "screaming down from heaven" off ebay, so it's been a pretty great day!

At April 07, 2007 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are simply amazing. How can I download these? Is it possible? Thanks.

At April 16, 2007 7:56 AM, Anonymous Caro said...

Hello, I'm a french fan of Jeff Buckley, and I want to thank you for this Blog and the rarities.

Here there some rare Jeff Buckley videos that you can download on lycos if you haven't them :


My prefered is this video :


This is the first video that I've seen of Jeff in a French Tv Show called "Nulle Part Ailleurs", I really love this video, so I hope that you'll enjoy it too.

At May 26, 2007 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to infinity.

At May 27, 2007 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! these are amazing. is there any change you can make these into another type of file so i could put them on my ipod?
thanks againnn!

At June 01, 2007 4:08 AM, Anonymous Warren said...

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

My thanks for the music; I am afraid that this may have been overlooked.

At June 05, 2007 3:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when I thought I heard almost all his music,
this is a gift

all i can say is WOW and thank you!

At July 01, 2007 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Great post - When The Levee Breaks is out of this world.

I was lucky enough to see Jeff play live twice - the first time with about 20-30 in Birmingham UK club called Edwards No 8. I've seen 100s of gigs and this remains my favourite of all time.

Anyway, I'm not sure if you've heard the duet with Liz Frazer of the Cocteau Twins, but it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard:



At July 09, 2007 1:38 AM, Anonymous Lilah said...

I'm glad (so very glad) these songs have trickled out. It's thrilling to hear "new" Jeff Buckley music. Just found "All Flowers in Time Bend Towards the Sun" last night. Have listened to it a good 30 times already. Falling in love all over again. And, now we're on a Liz Fraser kick...

Weak geeks like me are slow to find this unreleased stuff; it's a ridiculous struggle against broken links, locked pages, or my own feeble ignorance (what's a torrent?). Just so grateful to you for making these songs accessible.

Question though: It's been ten years,... how much longer do you think we have to wait? If the movie will get them to release more, then, OK, I vote for casting Heath Ledger and let's get it over with. Or, is it a matter privately held tapes being more widely distributed? Does his estate 'own' the rights to a tape he made at home in 1995, then gave away? Have felt so frustrated while trying to find his rumoured tapes --thank you again for posting these and thanks, I suppose, to the estate for leaving the links alone. 10 years on -- it's time to unveil.

At October 05, 2007 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a live version of "Forget Her" somewhere and i was wondering if any of you knew where I might find it. I've heard it on WOXY before. Thanks!!

At October 29, 2007 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AFAIK, Forget Her was only played live once, with a 3-piece band at CBGB. I forget the date, but that'll help a little, I hope.

At November 15, 2007 9:31 PM, Blogger dsb said...

I was trying to find "Forget Her" for a playlist, and stumbled onto your blog. Learned alot--Thanks! I am a big Buckley fan, but haven't had much time to learn about him.

At December 24, 2007 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my goodness i am very much greatful to you for posting these as a long time and dedicated follower of such a one of a kind artist that was Buckley i am eccastatic to come by these songs. Thankyou for making my day. There is nothing like being capivated and completly seduced by the magic, intencity and beauty of such a voice. Jeff Buckley is legendary

At January 31, 2008 12:31 PM, Anonymous stingo said...

Thank you so much. I am thirsty for rare Jeff Buckley songs. I am so grateful for these.

At February 13, 2008 2:28 PM, Blogger CAIN said...

Jeff Buckley sang a cover of "Flutter Girl" by Chris Cornell. I have heard it exists but am unable to find it. Does anyone know where it may be?
I am dieing to hear it!

At March 24, 2008 3:45 AM, Blogger Evane said...

j'aurais voulue savoir où avais-tu trouvé ces chansons de Jeff.Merci d'avance.Excuse moi si j'ai ecrit en french

At March 24, 2008 3:52 AM, Blogger Evane said...

Bonjour j'aurais voulue savoir où aviez vous trouvé les chansons de jeff en acoustique et autres.Merci d'avance et excusez moi de n'avoir pas écrit en anglais.

At April 26, 2008 5:19 PM, Blogger kastanya karraska said...

maravilloso blog ,, saludos desde España ---SPAIN ----.....MUY BUENOS GRUPOS .....MUSICA cañeraaaa

At April 27, 2008 7:22 AM, Blogger evane02 said...

salutnj'aurais voulue savoir ou avais-tu trouvé les chansons de jeff buckley car moi je les trouve pas.Merci d'avance
et désoler d'écrire en francais

At July 29, 2008 11:23 PM, Blogger Bucklberry said...

How many times have I stumbled on this page when searching blogs on JB? Was thanks to myself (via Oink R.I.P.) and a man called Jarno (via LJ) that these came to be widely spread after we both recieved them from an American friend about 6 months before this post. Big shout to Sis (shortened sudonym) for them!

At August 06, 2008 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this!

At August 11, 2008 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read your blog about Jeff. I am so glad I found it...found him.
I had always known who he was and ofcourse..."Hallelujah."

But not until lastweek my life changed. It has been changed through his mus=
ic, his voice his everything.
I shall tell you the full story because it just means somuch to me (sorry n=
o Reader' s Digest version here.)
I was online lastweek looking up some Leonard Cohen songs to add to my ipod=
Then I saw=A0there was a video (on youtube btw) of Jeff singing "Hallelujah=
(I had no idea that Hallelujah was written by Leonard Cohen.)
So nayhow I clicked on it, and in that instant my life has changed immeasur=
There perfomance is of him in Jpan on stage just him, his guitar and a mic.=
Very simple and pure (like him.)
Once he opened his mouth to sing, I died and went to Heaven. His voice just=
overtook me, I was transfixed to the creen. Watching his face, his expresi=
ons, watching his mouth move his fingers playing the chords on the guitar.
Every single note that came from him just blew me away. I let him, his voic=
e was over me and permeate every part of my being.
I could stop listening to it and watching it. I had been reduced to knockin=
g knees and on the verge of tears. (much like when I met Johnny Depp :O) )=
=A0I can't explain excatly how it made me feel but I have not been the same=
I have been trying to explain the feeling, the rush, the inspiration that I=
have gotten from him and his music. I kept going over it in my head. Words=
like gifted, gem, breathtaking, blessed all suited the moment and Jeff but=
not exactly.
Until about two days ago I was just talking to myself about it the change I=
feel from him and why and how.=20
And it hit me~
Music is like water to me, I need it in order to survive (no I am not a mus=
ican or singer or have any musical ability whatsoever) it it a part ofmy da=
ily life.=20
When I was teaching pre-school I would play music (good music not crap like=
The Wiggles).
When I wake up I turn music on, Ilisten=A0 to it when I exercise, I am sure=
you get the point.
Anyhow you know how there is water in the Apls, or the galciers? The sweete=
st,purest, most delicous water you could ever taste. Or never get to taste?
Well Jeff Buckley is that water to me. He is the purest, sweetest, most del=
icious water in the world to me. So high up in the Alps, so=A0 far deep in =
the glaciers (of wherever) that he is untouchable. He is the BEST water in =
the world to me.
Hearing his voice just lit something inside of me a spark, a hunger, a desi=
re to do more creatively, to live, to not be afraid to live.
I remember when he passed away, I believe I was 18 or 19. I sa it on MTV Ne=
ws. It didn't really affect me Ijust thought that it was sad and it shouldn=
't have happened and all that.
But not until now at this moment in my life GOD, the Universe, fate what ha=
ve you led me to that perfromance, to see him sing that song (eventhough I =
had heard it many times before and loved it). It just hit me like a tidal w=
avw of inexplicable and enexplainable joy.
From what I have found out about him is that not only was he supremely gift=
ed, and gorgeous but he was also just him. No bullshit no filler. so pure, =
funny and humble.
He just told people what it was and if they didn't like iit sorry too bad. =
But he was gentle about it. Kind of like if he were to break up w/ you he'd=
do it so nicely and full of grace ( no pun intended) and love it's almost =
like he wasn't breaking up w/ you being really really nice and saying FUCK =
OFF at the same time. Does that make sense??
He was incapable of bullshit, he just didn't have it in him and that is so =
beautiful to me.
He truly is the best water that ever was.
Thanks for having a great blog about a great man!
Thanks So Much,

At August 11, 2008 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a version if A Day In The Life that Jeff played on guitar no rds just him on the guitar. I also have an acoustic versionof Spoonman w/ hm and Chris Cornell.
Let me know if you wantto hear it!!
E-mail me


At October 15, 2008 1:39 AM, Blogger rdsathene said...

I have to take exception with what Greg wrote two years ago about When the Levee Breaks. I have yet to see a Led Zeppelin IV album that didn't credit Memphis Minnie as either the co-writer or composer for the song. Crediting the original songwriter is hardly "pilfering" or "stealing."

I own the Memphis Minnie/Joe McCoy version, and while a great blues song in its own right, shares nothing but a handful of lyrics with the Led Zeppelin "cover" of the song. The Memphis Minnie and Led Zeppelin versions of this song sound nothing alike. Jeff Buckley was covering the Led Zeppelin version of this song. I often listen to all three in chronological order since I enjoy all three versions.

There seems to be a trend recently to bad mouth Led Zeppelin at every opportunity as being thieves that never credited their blues influences. The reality is the Led Zeppelin was quite good at identifying and crediting their sources during a period when that was somewhat rare. They did have some oversights in this department, as the WIllie Dixon lawsuit showed. Although modern music fans are unfamiliar with blues and folk traditions of recycling lyrics, it was at a time a very common practice.

Anyway, thank you for posting these wonderful songs.

At December 27, 2008 6:43 AM, Blogger Jarrod said...

Just like to know anyone looking for a tablature for "Untitled" (the one where he sings "Chances are you wouldn't even recognise the man I am now") I've been looking everywhere without luck. I have the first few bars figured out pretty well, but when he starts getting melodic I have no clue. If anyone can help out, or wants to know the little I've figured out as a starting block send an email to "jarrody2k" at my hotmail address or add me on msn.

Cheers for getting these songs out - they really are some of his best and refreshingly a completely different styling to his popular stuff. Been listening to them for a year and a half now and still not sick of them!

At February 23, 2009 9:42 AM, Blogger malteseh said...

Hello, I found your wonderful site doing a search for Jeff Buckley's bootleg recording of Madame George. Is there any chance that you have the recording, and if so, would it be possible for you to post a link to it so that I could listen, and download it onto my iPod? Thanks so very much!

At September 28, 2009 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, great post! Is there a chance that you could re-opload those songs? I'm getting an error message on all if these :(


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