Columbia - 2001 - 66 minutes

Jeff Buckley reckoned the concerts he played at legendary Paris venue L'Olympia in the summer of 1995 to be among his best. And now, in the ongoing series of live recordings of the late artist, we get a chance to pay into those July evenings. The results however, are standard live album fare with little that has not been explored on 2000's far superior 'Mystery White Boy' opus.

In between the regular Buckley setlist are jokey versions of 'Kick Out The Jams' and 'Kashmir' which, while showcasing the celebratory nature of two major gigs in Buckley's life, fail to translate. The overall feeling is that you're a third party to the invisible magic between artist and audience.

The highlight isn't even from the Olympia concerts, tacked on at the end 'What Will You Say' (recorded at a French Festival) finds Buckley dueting with an Azerbaijani singer, the haunting marriage of culture providing one of his greatest recorded moments. The converts will doubtless snap up 'L'Olympia' but latecomers would be advised to pick up 'Mystery White Boy' first.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Lover, You Should Have Come Over - Dream Brother – Eternal Life - Kick Out The Jams - Lilac Wine - Grace - That's All I Ask - Kashmir - Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin - Hallelujah - What Will You Say