63. Jeff Buckley – Mystery White Boy (2000)
1. Dream Brother
2. I Woke Up in a Strange Place
3. Mojo Pin
4. Lilac Wine
5. What Will You Say
6. Last Goodbye
7. Eternal Life
9. Moodswing Whiskey
10. The Man that Got Away
12. Hallelujah / I Know It’s Over (medley)
Who is/are Jeff Buckley?
To his verified Facebook page; “Musician/Band”.
Why did you buy this album?
Having already bought ‘Grace‘ on MiniDisc, I was pleasantly surprised when this album was released in 2000, especially as in some places it was bundled with the original ‘Live at Sin-é‘ EP. I bought this box set on one of my frequent trips to Manchester’s big HMV store; I was a music student, so the purchase was justified…
What’s it like?
Unlike ‘Live at Sin-é‘, which was recorded in one venue over a couple of nights, ‘Mystery White Boy‘ is a compilation of live recordings made over a period of a year during the tour to promote ‘Grace‘, in venues in Germany, Australia, France, and the US. As such, it shows how good Buckley and his live band were at the time, but doesn’t quite gel as well as a single recorded gig might have.
It’s mostly made up of tracks from ‘Grace‘, some slightly reworked to be performed live, with three new originals, and a couple of covers. Some work, others not so much…
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
While it’s good to listen to Jeff Buckley live with a band, some of the recordings aren’t perfect, and the compilation approach to the album means that the performance doesn’t quite flow as well as an unbroken set might.
Any stand-out tracks?
‘Dream Brother‘ and ‘Last Goodbye‘, both recorded on the European leg of the tour, are my personal favourites, with ‘Grace‘ from an Australian show also worthy of note.
Rating out of 10?
Next up: Kate Bush – Hounds of Love