Jeff Buckley sings an amazing cover of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” over Phone

Author: GroundGuitar Dan

YouTube can be an amazing place sometimes. One can occasionally stumble upon an unexpected treasure – amazing talent exhibited by people both known and unknown. One such treasure I stumbled upon recently while researching guitars of one of my personal favorites – Jeff Buckley.

Just to give a little bit of a background story – according to a comment posted on YouTube by Irene Trudel, the following took place on WFMU’s Music Faucet, hosted by Nicholas Hill.

Apparently, Hill called Jeff live on the air and asked him if was willing to sing a quick song over the phone. At studio were present few people with instruments – who I, unfortunately, don’t know, and couldn’t find anything about online. I assume they were a band – or maybe just a group of friends having a good time.

So, aside from Hill, there was Barry Reynolds, Chris Cunningham, Michelle Kinney, and Jeff Gordon. If you recognize any of these names, be sure leave a comment below.

With a quick “how about ‘I Shall be Released'” from Jeff’s side of the line, the group started playing, and what followed I personally found so honest and just filled with love. I’m aware that Jeff did a proper live cover of the song as well, but something about this version makes it even better in comparison. I guess it’s the spontaneity, things developing on their own as they go.

If you’re curious to hear the other version of the song, as far as I know, it is only available on Jeff’s live album titled “Live at Sin-é” (one of my personal favorite records). You can also find it on YouTube, but in my opinion, playing it on a record through a good pair of speakers (or better yet, headphones) is where the album shines. It’s just Jeff and his Telecaster, plugged into what I assume is a Fender Vibroverb amp, but man, does it sound good.