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You And I collects 10 of his demos, which were recorded in February 1993, shortly after he'd signed to his label. For more than 20 years, they sat forgotten in the vaults — and, more to the point, were never bootlegged or otherwise circulated. Newly unearthed, they showcase a late-blooming 26-year-old artist who's still finding and harnessing his voice: learning how to manipulate its gale-force power, learning when and whether to hold back, and learning how to fully translate his influences into a sound of his own.
Most of these songs are covers, and the artists represented help lay out the contours of Buckley's own style: Two of the best ("I Know It's Over," "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side") are by The Smiths, while Bob Dylan, Sly & The Family Stone, Bukka White and Led Zeppelin help round out a set that also includes "Calling You" (written by Bob Telson and recorded by Jevetta Steele) and "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'" (popularized by Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and others).