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March 13, 2008

Wear a lifevest

Filed under: Music,Offerings — Tom @ 11:08 pm

Last week’s American Idol-inspired fervor over Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and, more precisely, Jeff Buckley’s transcendent version, it got me thinking about putting up a live version for my readers to enjoy – yes, all 6 or 8 of you. Well, that fell through the second I hit upon this stunning take on “Lover, You Should Have Come Over,” which just happens to be probably my favorite Buckley piece, and it’s a gorgeous soundboard recording – you need this if you dig Jeff Buckley. It’s a big file – 13.5mb, but it’s also encoded at 224kbps VBR, so it’s quality.

Jeff Buckley – “Lover, You Should Have Come Over” Live at the Knitting Factory, Feb. 4, 1997, New York.

The lesson to be learned from Jeff’s short life? When you go swimming in a big river, heed the subject line.



  1. Ahh, so I guess that’s why Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah was the #1 downloaded song on iTunes the other day? I have to say, I much prefer Rufus Wainwright’s version. And Brandi Carlile’s.

    Comment by bekah — March 14, 2008 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  2. I do like Rufus’ version (and some of the others I’ve heard are interesting,) but none hold a candle to Buckley’s. It’s like Jimi Hendrix’s take on “All Along The Watchtower.” It may be Bob Dylan’s, but Hendrix made it his song and everyone is measured up to the standard he set, not Dylan. There are a lot of pretty covers of this song, but it’s Jeff’s that is actually heart-wrenching.

    Comment by Tom — March 14, 2008 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  3. Believe it or not, Jamie Cullum does an amazing version of “Lover, You Should Have Come Over.” Not as good as the original, to be sure, but still very good.

    Comment by Chris — March 17, 2008 @ 8:47 am | Reply

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