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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

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