Grace (Jeff Buckley album) – Wikipedia

1994 album by Jeff Buckley

Grace is the merely studio album by american singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, released on August 23, 1994, by Columbia Records. The album initially had poor sales and received mix reviews. [ 4 ] however, in recent years it has dramatically risen in critical reputation. An extend translation of the album ( subtitled “ Legacy Edition ” ), celebrating its one-tenth anniversary, was released on August 23, 2004, and peaked at number 44 in the UK. Grace re-entered the albums chart in Australia at phone number 44 for the week of January 29 to February 5, 2007, 13 years after its original dismissal date. It is presently certified 7x platinum in Australia. The album has been cited by critics and listeners as one of the greatest albums of all time. [ 5 ]

music [edit ]

Buckley ‘s version of “ Corpus Christi Carol “ was based on a version by Janet Baker. A childhood supporter introduced him to the song, and Buckley sang a translation on the album as a way of thanking him. [ 6 ]

critical reception and bequest [edit ]

Grace has been highly rated in magazines such as Q, in which readers voted Grace the 75th greatest album of all time in 1998 ; the same vote was taken again in 2005 and Grace then ranked 13th. [ 17 ] [ 18 ] In 2003, the album was ranked count 303 on Rolling Stone ‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, [ 19 ] and 304 in a 2012 retool list, and late 147 in the 2020 number. [ 20 ] [ 21 ] In 2006, Mojo named Grace the No. 1 modern Rock Classic of All Time. [ 22 ] It was besides rated as Australia ‘s second front-runner album on My Favourite Album, a television especial aired by the australian Broadcasting Corporation on December 3, 2006. [ 23 ] In 2003, Buckley ‘s cover of Leonard Cohen ‘s “ Hallelujah “ was ranked No. 259 on Rolling Stone ‘s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. [ 24 ] VH1 besides rated the album No. 73 on its “ 100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll ” show/list. [ 25 ] It was voted issue 99 in the third edition of Colin Larkin ‘s All Time Top 1000 Albums ( 2000 ). [ 26 ] Larkin stated “ his music achieved a paragon that was staggering for a debut album. ” Grace won appreciation from a master of ceremonies of august musicians and artists, including members of Buckley ‘s biggest charm, Led Zeppelin. [ 27 ] Jimmy Page considered Grace conclusion to being his “ front-runner album of the decade ”. [ 28 ] Robert Plant was besides complimentary, [ 29 ] as was Brad Pitt, saying of Buckley ‘s employment, “ There ‘s an undertone to his music, there ‘s something you ca n’t pinpoint. Like the best of films, or the best of artwork, there ‘s something going on underneath, and there ‘s a accuracy there. And I find his stuff absolutely haunting. It merely … it ‘s under my clamber. ” [ 30 ] Others who had influenced Buckley ‘s music lauded him : [ 31 ] Bob Dylan named Buckley “ one of the great songwriters of this decade ”, [ 29 ] and David Bowie considered Grace to be the best album ever made, and had said it would be one of his ten-spot “ Desert Island Records. ” [ 32 ] In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums and NME organised a poll of which, 40,000 people global voted for the 100 best albums ever and Grace was placed at No. 23 on the tilt. [ 33 ] On 2 April 2014 it was announced that Buckley ‘s version of “ Hallelujah ” would be inducted into the Library of Congress ‘ National Recording Registry ( the stallion album has n’t even been inducted ). [ 34 ] In July 2014, Guitar World ranked Grace at number 26 in their “ Superunknown : 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994 ” list. [ 35 ] Based on Grace ‘s appearances in professional rankings and listings, the aggregate web site Acclaimed Music lists it as the most acclaim album of 1994, the 7th most acclaim album of the 1990s and the 58th most acclaim album in history. [ 36 ]

Accolades [edit ]

* denotes an ungraded tilt .

Singles and EPs [edit ]

Four proper singles were released from the album, along with extra editions, two posthumous releases, and promo-only releases ( see besides : The Grace EPs ) .

Singles
  • “Grace” (August 1994)
  • “Last Goodbye” (January–March 1995)
  • “So Real” (June 1995)
  • “Eternal Life” (August 1995)
EPs
  • Peyote Radio Theatre promo EP (July 1994)
  • Live from the Bataclan EP (October 1995)
  • The Grace EP (February 1996)

posthumous [edit ]

Buckley ‘s cover interpretation of “ Hallelujah ” re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2 during Christmas 2008, following the release of another cover version by series 5 of the british translation of The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke which took the total 1 time slot.

Singles
  • “Forget Her” (August 2004)
  • “Hallelujah” (May 2007)

track listing [edit ]

Posthumous releases additional tracks[60]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. “Forget Her” Jeff Buckley 5:13

To promote Buckley ‘s 1995 australian tour, a two-CD edition was issued. It featured the follow songs on the second phonograph record :

Legacy Edition [edit ]

track list [edit ]

  • Disc one: Remastered edition of the original 10-track album.
Bonus track on international CD editions
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. “Strawberry Street[A]” Buckley, Andrew Goodsight, John McNally 5:26
DVD
No. Title Directed by Length
1. “The Making of Grace” ( documentary video recording ) Ernie Fritz  
2. “Grace” ( music video recording ) Ernie Fritz  
3. “Last Goodbye” ( music video recording ) John Jesurun  
4. “So Real” ( music television ) Sophie Muller  
5. “Eternal Life” ( music video ) Gary Fisher  
6. “Forget Her” ( music video ) Ernie Fritz  

Personnel [edit ]

Credits adapted from Grace’ sulfur liner notes. [ 66 ]

Music credits
Technical personnel
  • Christopher Austopchuk – art direction, design
  • Steve Berkowitz – executive producer
  • Jeff Buckley – producer (track 5)
  • Jennifer Cohen – design assistant
  • Merri Cyr – photography
  • David Gahr – photography
  • Bryant W. Jackson – assistant engineer
  • Chris Laidlaw – assistant engineer
  • Nicky Lindeman – art direction, design
  • Clif Norrell – engineer
  • Steve Sisco – assistant engineer
  • Andy Wallace – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering

Charts [edit ]

Certifications [edit ]

Release history [edit ]

Region Release date Format Label
United Kingdom, Europe[86] August 15, 1994
  • CD
  • LP
Columbia Records (Sony)
United States[86] August 23, 1994 CD
Compact cassette
Vinyl
MiniDisc
Promo cassette
Japan[86] September 1, 1994 CD
Australia[86] September 19, 1994 CD
Worldwide[87][88] August 23, 2004 Legacy Edition (2×CD+DVD)

Notes [edit ]

  1. ^ Does not appear listed on the back cover, but is credited in the compact disk ‘s accompanying booklet. A previously unreleased song, appears here in a rehearsal recording from the Knitting Factory in May 1993, with the Washington Squares ‘ frontman Tom Goodkind on freshwater bass guitar .

References [edit ]

  • Grace at Discogs (list of releases)
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