You can tell a lot about a person by what’s in their record collection. Not the MP3s in their iTunes or their coolest Spotify playlists. Their actual record collection, on vinyl and CD, with frayed edges and worn grooves, cracked cases and everything.
That’s the idea behind Sony Legacy Recording’s new tribute site to the late Jeff Buckley, Jeff Buckley’s Record Collection, compiled in conjunction with the Grace star’s mother, Mary Guibert. Aimed at giving fans an intimate look at the music that inspired the singer who died at age 30 in 1997 after drowning in the Mississippi River, the Record Collection features a virtual shelf with dozens of albums from the singer’s actual vinyl and CD stash.
Renowned for his towering, emotional vocals and oft-covered version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Buckley’s wide-ranging record shelves carry everything from the expected (lots of Cohen, Beatles, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell, Shudder to Think, Smiths, Queen and Dylan) to a few surprises (Dead Kennedys, Fugazi, way more Genesis than anyone would imagine, Metallica, the Jesus Lizard and Descendants.)
A posthumous Buckley album released in March, You and I, pulled together the singer’s earliest efforts for Columbia Records, with covers of songs from a number of the albums in the collection, including Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight” to the Smiths’ “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side,” Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman,” Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” the first recording of “Grace” and Bukka White’s “Poor Boy Long Way from Home.”
Users can hear 30-second samples of each of the album’s track by clicking on the covers; Spotify users can listen to the whole album.