Live at Sin-é [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In its original form, Buckley's Live at Sin-é release was a mere 26-minute EP. This two-CD deluxe edition radically expands it into a proper album in its own right, with no less than two hours and 37 minutes of running time, throwing in a bonus DVD of 11 minutes of unreleased footage to boot. This is a major archival release in that it adds a substantial amount of material to the discography of a cult singer who released only one full-length album in his lifetime, as well as giving a thorough picture of what he sounded like at the outset of his recording career. At the same time, the general listener who might not be a fully subscribed member of the Buckley cult must...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In its original form, Buckley's Live at Sin-é release was a mere 26-minute EP. This two-CD deluxe edition radically expands it into a proper album in its own right, with no less than two hours and 37 minutes of running time, throwing in a bonus DVD of 11 minutes of unreleased footage to boot. This is a major archival release in that it adds a substantial amount of material to the discography of a cult singer who released only one full-length album in his lifetime, as well as giving a thorough picture of what he sounded like at the outset of his recording career. At the same time, the general listener who might not be a fully subscribed member of the Buckley cult must be cautioned that when you hear this, you realize there's good reason that these live solo performances largely recorded on August 17, 1993, though some were done on July 19, 1993 were so heavily pruned for the initial EP release. Buckley seems yet to have fully found either his singing or songwriting voice, being prone to some overdone histrionics in his vocals and to a lesser degree guitar playing. Too, the long between-song monologues and instrumental/vocal farting around are sometimes irritating, and no doubt would have been largely edited out if this were a standard live release rather than a posthumous archival one. What this album does do is illustrate a range of his formative influences, including as it does covers of songs by his heroes Led Zeppelin, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen, all interpreted liberally and idiosyncratically. The DVD, incidentally, includes an interview, covers of Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do" different than the performance of that tune on the CD and the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" not heard on the CD in any form, as well as a Buckley poem, "New Years Prayer," that likewise isn't on the CD.
Rolling Stone - Karen Schoemer
It could be seen as an attempt to cash in on Buckley's tragic death in 1997, but it's too fascinating to be shrugged off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998920224
  • Catalog Number: 89202
  • Sales rank: 15,680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be Your Husband (4:55)
  2. 2 Lover, You Should've Come Over (9:25)
  3. 3 Mojo Pin (5:37)
  4. 4 Monologue: Duane Eddy/Songs for Lovers (1:18)
  5. 5 Grace (6:49)
  6. 6 Monologue: Reverb, The Doors (1:40)
  7. 7 Strange Fruit (7:43)
  8. 8 Night Flight (6:40)
  9. 9 If You Knew (4:28)
  10. 10 Monologue: Fabulous Time for a Guinness (0:40)
  11. 11 Unforgiven (Last Goodbye) (5:36)
  12. 12 Twelfth of Never (3:35)
  13. 13 Monologue: Café Days (0:15)
  14. 14 Monologue: Eternal Life (0:36)
  15. 15 Eternal Life (5:50)
  16. 16 Just Like a Woman (7:26)
  17. 17 Monologue: False Start/Apology/Miles Davis (1:03)
  18. 18 Calling You (5:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Monologue: Nusrat/He's My Elvis (3:13)
  2. 2 Yeh Jo Halka Halka Saroor Hai (6:09)
  3. 3 Monologue: I'm a Ridiculous Person (0:39)
  4. 4 If You See Her, Say Hello (8:18)
  5. 5 Monologue: Matt Dillon/Hollies/Classic Rock Radio (1:33)
  6. 6 Dink's Song (11:14)
  7. 7 Monologue: Musical Chairs (1:09)
  8. 8 Drown in My Own Tears (4:11)
  9. 9 Monologue: The Suckiest Water (0:08)
  10. 10 The Way Young Lovers Do (10:06)
  11. 11 Monologue: Walk Through Walls (0:26)
  12. 12 Je N'En Connais Pas la Fin (5:02)
  13. 13 I Shall Be Released (5:20)
  14. 14 Sweet Thing (10:36)
  15. 15 Monologue: Good Night Bill (0:16)
  16. 16 Hallelujah (9:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Interview With Jeff Buckley
  2. 2 The Way Young Lovers Do
  3. 3 Kick Out the Jams
  4. 4 New Year's Eve Prayer
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Buckley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Nina Simone Composer
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Rob Tyner Composer
Gary Lucas Composer
Steven Berkowitz Producer, Liner Notes
John Paul Jones Composer
Wayne Kramer Composer
Jeff Buckley Composer, Producer
Raymond Asso Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Henry Glover Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Kooster McAllister Engineer
Van Morrison Composer
Michel Sauvage Engineer
Fred "Sonic" Smith Composer
Dennis Thompson Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Jerry Rappaport Producer
Nicky Lindeman Cover Design
Marguerite Monnot Composer
Robert Telson Composer
Merri Cyr Engineer
Skip Kent Engineer
Mary Guibert Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Davis Composer
Traditional Composer
Gabriel Morales Graphic Design
Fong Y. Lee Packaging Manager
Susanne Cerha Art Direction
Kryssy Bloch Video Producer
Chris Ruggiero Video Producer
Chris Lenz Senior Producer
Mister Globulous Interviewer
Lewis Allan Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wish I had been there

    I discovered Jeff Buckley while exploring covers of Hallelujah and immediately concluded that his version was far and away the best. From there I got more and more into him. Live at Sin-e is a wonderful glimpse into the early Jeff Buckley. While some critics have defined the breadth of his repetoire in terms of his not being able to find his own voice, I see it as a fortuitous exposure of his ability to be expansive and eclectic. Parts of it are a bit pitchy which in no way detracts from the beauty and timbre of his voice. His guitar playing is playful, passionate and extremely skillful. His tragic death cut short possibilties far beyond what we are able to hear here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jeff Buckley "Live at Sin-e: Legacy Edition"

    This set of recordings is essential for Buckley's cult fans, but is perhaps no use to those who simply enjoyed a few numbers from "Grace". This particular release of "Live at Sin-e" does capture a great moment in time for Buckley and his music. Buckley wasn't fond of the original recording sessions at Sin-e claiming he sounded "like Micheal Bolton", but that is definately not the case. What's most fascinating is listening Buckley work through sections and explore as the album winds out. He once compared playing the two hour live sets to long distance running, becoming completely unconsious of what was happening and making moves from pure feeling. This is perhaps the only place Buckley fans can hear this. Song highlights that you won't find on the original EP include a traditional "Dink's Song", Dylan's "Just Like a Woman", as well as "I Shall Be Released", among others. The in-between song banter from Buckley is less annoying (as AllMusicGuide suggested) than it is captivating. The "Musical Chairs" and "Reverb: The Doors" monologues give the listener a chance to feel what one of those early performances at Sin-e around midnight on a Monday would have been like. This may never become known as an album that captivates the listener like "Grace" or even "My Sweetheart the Drunk", but it remains an important document to the best singer/ songwriter of his generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For those who wish they could have been there....

    This double album gives the listener a chance to experience Jeff's more intimate, early performances. It is rife with great cover versions and plenty of the irresistable stage banter that made his stage presence all the more adorable. It gives a glimpse of Jeff's pre-grace repetoire, and though the songs that did end up on the LP are a little rough cut, the cover songs he selects are wonderfully ecclectic, reflective of his diverse tastes, and as always brilliantly executed. I highly recommend this rare treasure and can only conclude that the person who wrote the review above is not really a fan and has little comprehension as to what Jeff was all about.

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