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Title: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Buda on June 15, 2008, 12:19:22 AM
As there were no info on this show, and a dear leecher at TradersDen asked for a recording, I turned back the tide and he came up with this which seems quite useful to get started on this gig... anyway, here's how I answered and he did back again with a review of a newspaper and his:

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Originally Posted by Buda 
Unfortunately yet there's no known recording of that show. Even at Flowers there is no actual info about this given night performed strangely during a month with almost every show recorded and heavily documented. Probably some kind of recording surely exists, only not available.
http://www.flowersintime.org/show.php?gigid=280

So it would be highly appreciated ddonofrio if you could tell anything about the show. Even parts of the setlist, the crowd, the mood Jeff could be in by your impression. Anything actually that you are still able to remember after such a long time. There are no limitations 

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Jeff Buckley/Chris Connelly
May 17th, 1995
Toad's Place
New Haven, CT

Here's a review from the Hartford Courant:

Jeff Buckley's wide vocal range offers credible but constrained show
by Joseph Rocha
Courant Correspondent

It would have been nice for Jeff Buckley, who gained some acclaim this spring, to have concluded his solo tour on a promising note.

But that wasn't the case for Rolling Stone magazine's 1995 Best New Male Singer, who performed Wednesday at Toad's Place in New Haven.

In front of about 375 people, Buckley performed credibly. But the latest talent to emerge from New York's underground scene never seemed to warm up to the small, intrigued but mostly quiet crowd. Moreover, Buckley never appeared to break free of a scripted show.

Buckley, the son of cult folksinger Tim Buckley, has been on the road before and since the release of his debut, "Grace". The release, which sold about 300,000 copies worldwide, featured the same backing core that Busckley brought on tour: Mick Grondahl on bass, Matt Johnson on drums, and Michael Tighe on backing guitar.

The band built the songs slowly. Buckley started most with a subterranean whisper, raised his tenor to a gruff, earthy shout and then took it to an otherworldly falsetto.

Buckley's razor-edged guitar and choirboy voice, which can move naturally from angelic purity to twisted demonic intensity, provided curiousity for the evening, although his vocalizations may have bordered on so much soundmaking.

After a gauzy, dream-like vocal and guitar invocation, Buckley and the band slid into the compelling "Mojo Pin," a melodic, moody ode of burning mysticism that ebbed and flowed until bursting into an almost trademark swagger that critics have called Led Zeppelinesque.

The comparisons may be in part fostered by heavy record-company backing. Columbia has put Buckley and his bandmates on the road with a support crew of roadies, soundmen and management. The corporation is looking out for its investment.

Buckley tore through a thrashing of "Eternal Life" with a spit and adrenaline spiked assault. Then, he put the brakes on for the yearning, heart-wrenching "Lover."

Clearly, Buckley showed he's learned a thing or two in his non-stop touring and clubbing about performing and pacing. Maybe he needs to break free of the corporate reins that prevent him and his band from developing and taking more artistic risks.

The themes of grace, love, faith and redemption all were apparent during his show. Whether it was the seductive "So Real." the scorching "Grace" or the incandescent "Last Goodbye," Buckley whipped through the music, sometimes like a breeze, sometimes like a hurricane.

But at almost two hours for the 13-song set, the material and the show could have been tightened, especially since he reprised his cover of leonard Cohen's "Hallehujah" during an encore.

Maybe in time, the 28-year old will achieve the potential he displays and the accolades he's attracted.

Buckley, after his 18-show, four week tour, will open for Juliani Hatfield on her tour starting today in Providence. The tour isn't slated to return to Connecticut. it will play Boston's Avalon Ballroom may 29th and 30th and New York's Roseland on June 2nd.
     

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My own comments on the show;

Toad's Place has a legal capacity of 750 so at 375 that night Buckley played to a half-full club. As with most clubs, when jam-packed, Toad's holds well over it's legal capacity.

I think the guy who wrote that review likes to write decriptions but isn't as talented as a music reviewer.

I do agree with his comments about Jeff seeming restrained by the corporate people. There were several record company suits at this show.

At one point, I remember him saying something like "What do you guys want to hear? Do you want to hear nice beautiful music or do you want to rock?" The crowd responded that they wanted to rock. Jeff then said, "That's what I thought" and launched into "Kick Out The Jams." I don't remember any more of the setlist but I believe this was either at the end of the regular set or at the beginning of the encore.

I thought it was a great show. This was the only time I got to see Jeff.

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If anyone of us can come up wit anything else regarding this night please do so!


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Jaysbee on June 15, 2008, 08:35:24 AM
Nice work buda  ;)  I'll add that transcript to the show........

There must be a recording out there somewhere  although with only 375 people in attendance, i does reduce the odds???


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Buda on June 15, 2008, 11:40:12 AM
Noo! Way noo.. only we are after all, I'd say, realists :)

But some fellow who appreciated and was already a big fan of Jeff at that time could have easily recorded it. And if you think of one such guy inbetween 375 people is merely not impossible at all ;)


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: mrstrongarm on July 13, 2008, 09:37:02 PM
jays: i cant remember if the transcripts section is workin yet :) so let me know if its not ! hehe


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: nickp944 on November 16, 2008, 07:52:27 PM
I have glorious memories of this show - my fourth and final Jeff show - because that was the night I met Jeff. I can root through my scrapbook box for the actual set list later, but in the meantime, I'll describe how it came to be a prized AUTOGRAPHED set list!.

I was a regular at Toad's Place during the nearly two years I spent in CT working for one of my employer's sister companies. I had seen Jeff previously at St. Anne's in Brooklyn [not the Tim Buckley show, but a different Music at St. Anne's event], and twice at clubs in Manhattan - additionally I had missed him the night he opened for Tindersticks, due to a misunderstanding - I was told THEY were opening, and got there late.

Anyway - back to Toad's - I'm assuming the reviewer hadn't seen Jeff before - or not many times, anyway. While the show was not 'amazing', that was more due to Jeff's being visibly tired - he was touring heavily and really giving it all every night.

I remember that I still didn't like the 'road version' of "Eternal Life"  which led to "Kick Out The Jams" - I really preferred the Grace-like take he had been doing earlier, and still do, truth be told. Jeff played a couple of new songs - I kept a set list (as I have done at 99% of the shows I have attended over the last 40 years) - and marked them as simply "New Song?".

After the show, I went downstairs to the backstage door in hopes of an autograph. I handed the security guard my set list and asked, could he pass it back and ask Jeff to sign it, if he wasn't too tired. Several minutes passed and I feared the worst - that I wouldn't get the autograph OR the set list back.

To my surprise, when the door opened, it was Jeff - all goofy smiles. He handed me the set list, saying "I fixed the songs for you" - he had written in the missing song titles, which I'll post with the set list later. Then he signed it while I watched. He shook my hand - I restrained myself from hugging him, which was what I really wanted to do - I told him how much I loved his music, and then, he was gone.

It's an evening I'll never forget.

Nick in Florida [lovesick alien]


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: belikewhat on November 18, 2008, 08:17:53 PM
thats awesome! i would have shook his hand but hugged him in my mind too! lol!

yeh a set list would be bad ass! so would seein the setlist itself maybe you can scan it in)!


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Jaysbee on November 19, 2008, 11:59:33 PM
I would have hugged him while shaking his hand!!!!!  :D

If we ever meet up, i'll hug you too Nick so long as you have that signed setlist in your rear trouser pocket at the time  ;D

Nice story Nick x


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: mrstrongarm on November 30, 2008, 11:02:20 PM
nice work Mr Alien :) would love a scan of that setlist for the show page too!! (if your feeling generous...)

thanks also for sharing on the Radiohead hub - when i first got into Live Jeff i used to love looking through your share :)


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Jaysbee on December 15, 2008, 08:15:14 PM
nice work Mr Alien :) would love a scan of that setlist for the show page too!! (if your feeling generous...)

thanks also for sharing on the Radiohead hub - when i first got into Live Jeff i used to love looking through your share :)

My sentiments too....on both counts!! ;)


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Buda on December 19, 2008, 12:46:41 PM
Seems a review appeared some months ago, then dear Nick mentioned his setlist, so I think after the scan appears some months will pass and we will have a recording too ;)

Thanks for all the work put in this site this year too and wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year dear Jeffheads! ;)


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: nickp944 on July 03, 2009, 11:06:33 PM
Hello all:

Sorry I haven't been in the forums for about six months, so I missed all your kind replies! Thanks!!

My scrapbook is in my storage unit, but since I plan on making a trip there this weekend, I will try and pull it out so that I can scan the set list for you. I have the ticket stubs for all the Buckley shows I attended [four or five - my memory plays tricks on me: I may or may not have attended the Roseland show - but I might be mixing it up with the Irving Plaza show: again - a look through the scrapbook will confirm one way or another.]

Nick [lovesick alien]


Title: Re: May 17, 1995 New Haven, Toad's Place, CT - REVIEWS
Post by: Jaysbee on July 04, 2009, 12:26:55 PM
Hello all:

Sorry I haven't been in the forums for about six months, so I missed all your kind replies! Thanks!!

My scrapbook is in my storage unit, but since I plan on making a trip there this weekend, I will try and pull it out so that I can scan the set list for you. I have the ticket stubs for all the Buckley shows I attended [four or five - my memory plays tricks on me: I may or may not have attended the Roseland show - but I might be mixing it up with the Irving Plaza show: again - a look through the scrapbook will confirm one way or another.]

Nick [lovesick alien]

That would be tops buddy!!! Scans of those stubbs too would be cool for the database if possible :)