Evolver Entertainment/Knitting Factory Records has unearthed 11 previously unreleased tracks featuring the late Jeff Buckley in collaboration with noted guitarist/Gods & Monsters principal Gary Lu

Evolver Entertainment/Knitting Factory Records has unearthed 11 previously unreleased tracks featuring the late Jeff Buckley in collaboration with noted guitarist/Gods & Monsters principal Gary Lucas. The material, to be compiled on the Oct. 15 release of "Songs to No One," was recorded during rehearsals, New York live shows, and demo sessions between November 1991 and April 1992. Two of the tracks, "Mojo Pin" and "Grace," were re-recorded with Lucas on guitar and comprised the first two cuts on Buckley's lone Columbia studio album, 1994's "Grace."

"Songs to No One" was assembled with the approval of Buckley's estate by producer Hal Willner, known for his work with Tom Waits and Blondie's Debbie Harry. Two posthumous overdubs were made: guitarist Bill Frisell added his licks to a live 1992 Buckley solo guitar version of the country staple "Satisfied Mind," a later recording of which surfaced on the 1998 double-disc set "[Sketches for] My Sweetheart the Drunk." Sex Mob recorded new horn, bass, drums, and organ parts atop the song "She Is Free," drawn from the same 1992 concert at New York's Knitting Factory.

Other songs reveal Buckley continuously experimenting, both with his voice and guitar playing. On "Harem Man," he sounds like Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant singing underwater, while on a live version of "Malign Fiesta (No Soul)," he spits out rapid-fire invectives in front of loose, super-speedy jamming.

Buckley joined Gods & Monsters shortly after moving to New York for good in November 1991. In tandem with Lucas, perhaps best known for his work with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, and a rotating rhythm section, Buckley performed regularly with the group until the spring of 1992, when he declined to sign a partnership agreement that would have limited either artist's participation in other projects.

Buckley drowned on May 29, 1997, in Memphis, while working on his sophomore album. In addition to "[Sketches for] My Sweetheart the Drunk," which featured full band and solo demo recordings of tracks intended for that set, the artist's estate has since issued the live album and home video "Mystery White Boy," as well as the import-only concert set "Live at L'Olympia."

Here is the tracklist for "Songs to No One:

"Hymn l'Amour" (Buckley/Lucas duet, rehearsal, Feb. 1992)
"How Long Will It Take" (Buckley/Lucas duet, live at CBGB Gallery, April 23, 1992)
"Mojo Pin" (Buckley/Lucas duet, live at Knitting Factory, April 18, 1992)
"Songs to No One," (Buckley/Lucas duet, rehearsal, Jan. 1992)
"Grace," (full band demo, Aug. 1991)
"Satisfied Mind," (Buckley solo, live at Knitting Factory, March 22, 1992)
"Cruel," (full band, live at Knitting Factory, March 22, 1992)
"She Is Free," (Buckley/Lucas duet, rehearsal, Jan. 1992)
"Harem Man," (Buckley/Lucas duet, rehearsal, Jan. 1992)
"Malign Fiesta (No Soul)," (full band, live at Knitting Factory, March 22, 1992)
"Grace," (Buckley/Lucas duet, live at Club Roulette, April 5, 1992)

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