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The Essential Leonard Cohen (CD)

By: Leonard Cohen


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Leonard Cohen Artist Snapshot:

Montreal's Leonard Cohen was a well-respected poet and novelist before he ever entered the songwriting fray in the 1960s. His dark, poetic vision rivaled that of Dylan, and his songs inspired countless cover versions, by everyone from Judy Collins to Nick Cave. Over the years, he honed his craft to a razor's edge, his passion always expertly undercut by a biting sense of black humor. His early recordings were largely acoustic affairs, but by the end of the 1980s he had reinvented his sound, successfully incorporating synthesizers and contemporary production techniques while still sounding very much like himself (and gaining a new generation of followers in the process).


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1   Suzanne Buy Buy  
2   The Stranger Song Buy Buy  
3   Sisters Of Mercy Buy Buy  
4   Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye Buy Buy  
5   So Long, Marianne Buy Buy  
6   Bird On A Wire Buy Buy  
7   The Partisan Buy Buy  
8   Famous Blue Raincoat Buy Buy  
9   Chelsea Hotel #2 Buy Buy  
10   Take This Longing Buy Buy  
11   Who By Fire Buy Buy  
12   The Guests Buy Buy  
13   Hallelujah Buy Buy  
14   If It Be Your Will Buy Buy  
15   Night Comes On Buy Buy  
16   I'm Your Man Buy Buy  
17   Everybody Knows Buy Buy  
18   Tower of Song Buy Buy  
 
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1   Ain't No Cure For Love Buy Buy  
2   Take This Waltz Buy Buy  
3   First We Take Manhattan Buy Buy  
4   Dance Me To The End Of Love (Live) Buy Buy  
5   The Future Buy Buy  
6   Democracy Buy Buy  
7   Waiting For The Miracle Buy Buy  
8   Closing Time Buy Buy  
9   Anthem Buy Buy  
10   In My Secret Life Buy Buy  
11   Alexandra Leaving Buy Buy  
12   A Thousand Kisses Deep Buy Buy  

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This two-disc retrospective traces the Canadian bard's musical maturity from poet and novelist who sang a little to multidimensional artist whose oracular vocals and increasingly rich arrangements are every bit as compelling as his verse. Even when Cohen came to prominence through the 1960s songcraft of "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," the "folksinger" tag never really fit. Later highlights ranging from the deadpan drollery of "Tower of Song" and "Everybody Knows" to the apocalyptic anthemry of "First We Take Manhattan" and "Democracy" suggest that other labels might be more appropriate: cabaret surrealist, spiritual gadfly, sensual prophet, agent provocateur. Cohen chose the selections, drawing more than half of the 31 tracks from three landmark albums--his 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1988's I'm Your Man, and 1992's The Future--along with four from 2001's Ten New Songs. The collection justifies its title as deep as it goes, though it's a shame that Cohen's commercial profile couldn't justify the more elaborate box set his artistry warrants (one that would at least include lyrics and musician credits). Those who sample the consistently inspired music here might come to the conclusion that everything Cohen records is essential. --Don McLeese





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