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Jeff Buckley, 'Hallelujah'

264. Jeff Buckley, 'Hallelujah'

Writer: Leonard Cohen
Producer: Andy Wallace
Released: Aug. '94, Columbia

During his famed early gigs at the New York club Sin-é, Buckley used to break hearts with his version of this Cohen prayer. Buckley called it a homage to "the hallelujah of the orgasm" and had misgivings about his sensuous rendition: "I hope Leonard doesn’t hear it." On his posthumous live album Mystery White Boy, Buckley turns "Hallelujah" into a medley with the Smiths' "I Know It’s Over."

Appears on: Grace (Columbia)


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