Buckley, Jeff : Live A L'Olympia

Stunning live performance in Paris

Buckley, Jeff : Live A L'Olympia

8 / 10 Given his voracious desire to perform, it was always inevitable that


last year's formidable 'Mystery White Boy' would not be the only Jeff


Buckley live album to see the light of day. Once again, his mother Mary


Guibert and guitarist Michael Tighe have collaborated to make these


tapes available for release, a document of his concerts at the legendary


Parisian venue L'Olympia in July 1995, nearly two years before his


death.





"First and foremost," read the sleevenotes, "we'd like to acknowledge


the fact that it was the French who were the first to recognize and


acclaim the magic and power of Jeff's voice, music and poetry." This


might well be true, but that means we can also hold them responsible for


marring this version of 'Hallelujah', Buckley laughing as the audience


hold their lighters in the air and exclaiming "This is so rock'n'roll".


Yet elsewhere, the sense of live excitement is palpable and touching:


the explosive segue from 'Eternal Life' into 'Kick Out The Jams';


playing at Piaf with 'Je N'En Connais Pas La Fin', a luminous 'Lover You Should Have Come Over'; a hilarious "33 rpm played at 45 rpm" helium


gabble through 'Kashmir'. "You've given us a lot," yells an ecstatic


audience member. "You've given me a lot too," replies Buckley, but this


album once again proves our debt.








Victoria Segal

To rate this track, log in to NME.COM

To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

More Videos
More
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM