Greetings Rocksmith fans!
We have confirmation from Dan Amrich!
The latest never before seen artist in a music game to be added to the Rocksmith 2014 library is the late and great Jeff Buckley.
Well, I’m glad you asked. Jeff Buckley was a prolific genre defying song writer with a heavenly voice. Not only did he have an incredible four octave vocal range but he was no slouch on the guitar either.
Jeff Buckley had an ethereal voice and an incredible vocal range. He was a tenor capable of reaching a falsetto* pitch. A tenor’s range in the bass clef spans middle C to high F. Jeff’s actual range was four octaves
Born in Anaheim, California Jeff Buckley (Scott Moorehead) started from humble beginnings by simply covering songs in various Manhattan venues in the East Village in the early 1990s. Gradually working his own original material into these gigs a few major labels began to take notice, yet Buckley seemed hesitant to sign. In 1994 he signed with Columbia and released what would be his only true studio album 1994’s Grace.
Grace won appreciation from a host of revered musicians and artists, including members of Buckley’s biggest influence, Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page considered Grace close to being his “favorite album of the decade”. Robert Plant was also complimentary, as was Brad Pitt, saying of Buckley’s work, “There’s an undercurrent to his music, there’s something you can’t pinpoint. Like the best of films, or the best of art, there’s something going on underneath, and there’s a truth there. And I find his stuff absolutely haunting. It just… it’s under my skin.” Others who had influenced Buckley’s music lauded him: Bob Dylan named Buckley “one of the great songwriters of this decade”, and, in an interview with Village Voice, David Bowie named Grace as the one album he would take with him to a desert island. The album eventually went on to feature in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, appearing at #303.
While working on his second album (Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk) Jeff decided to go for a spontaneous evening swim in Memphis and never returned. They found his body a week later with no sign of drugs or alcohol in his system.
Jeff Buckley’s mark on music remains, with bands such as Radiohead, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails and even Protest The Hero citing him as an influence.
Now it’s your turn to experience his music and @UbisoftStudioSF has the distinctive honour of teaching you how to play it through the fastest way to learn guitar, Rocksmith 2014.
What songs might we expect?
How about this amazing fingerpicking cover of the epic Hallelujah by Canadian Poet/Writer/Vocalist Leonard Cohen?
The title track off Grace featuring an incredible riff complete with an equally awesome bass line?
The ethereal journey of Mojo Pin
The hard hitting almost Radiohead-esque Eternal Life, you can headbang now metal heads, I won’t tell anyone… Promise.
Or did they go deep and grab Nightmares By The Sea off the unfinished yet impressive second album. You know who else likes this song? Katatonia.
So did you learn a bit about Jeff Buckley?
Good, now hopefully you have become a Buckleyhead and will go purchase Grace and show all your friends, and family how awesome Jeff Buckley was.
… Or you might just buy the DLC next week.
Come back to find out the songs on Monday!
“Man I had this Guy with me once … and we were sittin’ down and talkin’ and jammin’… He played his version of Indifference for me… man I tell ya… I’ ll never forget the way He did it… I was just f***in’ speechless… one of the most memorable moments of my life… I just wish I had seen him more.”
– Eddie Vedder