Jeff Buckley's seminal 1994 debut Grace is set to be celebrated with a huge digital reissue, which sees his estate releasing an exhaustive treasure trove of live material, demos, rarities and bonus tracks to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary.
The reissues will essentially see the entirety of Buckley's catalogue hit digital services, including region specific bonus tracks and rare B-Sides for Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk and all of 2000's posthumous live LP Mystery White Boy. The reissues will also see the official release of 'Sky Blue Skin,' one of Buckley's last ever demos to be recorded in his lifetime.
In addition, four complete live albums will be launched to spotlight Buckley's onstage talent across four seperate performances: Live at Wetlands, New York, NY 8/16/94, Live From Seattle, WA, 5/7/95, Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, 5/13/95 and a recording of a record label event from June 1995, Live at Columbia Records Radio Hour.
Buckley's mother Mary Guibert discussed her reasoning for releasing the posthumous recordings in an extended statement, lamenting that “The music industry has made a couple of sea changes since Jeff departed the planet. I don’t know if he foresaw even a glimpse of the current state of affairs. Since all we have of his true remains is what’s in ‘the vault,’ I’m thrilled that we can finally fling open the doors of that vault and make as much as possible available to Jeff’s fans: the old ones and the new ones, and the ones who have not yet been born.”
To further celebrate the incredible debut record, Newbury Comics are reissuing Grace on blue heavyweight vinyl, while a compilation of Buckley's own lyrics, journals and notes called Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will be published on Tuesday October 15 via Da Capo Press.
Visit the Jeff Buckley webpage to find out more.