Buzz Comes Alive: Jeff Buckley Live At Sin-e (1993)

Before the release of Jeff Buckley’s beloved and acclaimed Grace—the sole studio album released while he was still alive—came Live At Sin-e, the four song EP that was largely responsible for introducing fans to their first taste of Buckley’s work. The Sin-e was a small Irish cafe venue on New York’s Lower East Side, and quickly became Buckley’s stomping grounds as he broke onto the Manhattan music scene in the early 90s. His eclectic song choices and heavenly vocals led him to become highly sought after by record producers, who would line up outside Sin-e in hopes of signing Buckley. He finally signed with Colombia Records in 1993, and Live At Sin-e was released.

The original incarnation included four songs he played with his Fender Telecaster during a solo set. The EP featured “Mojo Pin” and “Eternal Life”—two of Buckley’s original songs that would go on to appear on Grace the following year, as well as the hauntingly beautiful “Je N’en Connais Pas La Fin,” which translates to “I Don’t Know The End Of It.” A cover of Van Morrison’s “The Way Young Lovers Do” spans over ten minutes and stands out on the album, as Buckley takes the tune and makes it all his own.

Buckley has a wonderful way of stamping his trademark onto songs that he covers, and on the 2003 expanded version of Live At Sin-e, an additional 14 songs, plus numerous monologues, were rereleased as part of Buckley’s Legacy Edition. Here, Buckley takes on Dylan heartbreak classics such as “If You See Her Say Hello” and “Just Like A Woman” as well as more Van Morrison covers. In addition to his epic rendition of “The Way Young Lovers Do” he also takes “Sweet Thing” off Morrison’s classic Astral Weeks album and works his croon all the way through. The extended double live album closes with his trademark version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which went on to of course become a hit for Buckley as well.

Live At Sin-e marked Jeff Buckley’s first commercial release during his tragically short but brilliantly bright life and career. The recordings capture the intimacy of the atmosphere so beautifully, and the haunting essence that he manages to infuse into each song with his vocals refuses to fade away once you stop listening. The legacy edition of Live At Sin-e is available on iTunes for those who love to relive the fleeting moment of Jeff Buckley’s prime in his small signature venue in New York.

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