Leonard Cohen – “Live at the BBC” (1968)

October 25, 2015 at 10:13 am (Leonard Cohen, Music)

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Leonard Cohen – Happy 80th Birthday!

September 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm (Leonard Cohen, Life & Politics)

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Leonard Cohen – “I’ve Got a Little Secret” (Live – 2013)

September 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm (Leonard Cohen, Music)

Live at the 02 Arena in Dublin, taken from Sept. 12th, a brand new song from LC…

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Leonard Cohen – “The Complete Columbia Albums Collection” (2011)

February 3, 2012 at 7:43 am (Leonard Cohen, Music, Reviews & Articles)

A review of this box set, which I heard has already sold out its limited edition amount, comes from The Second Disc and was written by Joe Marchese, Dec. 13, 2011. This also comes in a smaller studio-album-only edition. Also, don’t forget to pick up LC’s brand new album, Old Ideas, out now…

It’s hard to believe that Leonard Cohen was once tarred with the infamous “New Dylan” brush, even though he was in rather rarefied company alongside other “New Dylans” like Loudon Wainwright III and even Bruce Springsteen.  Sure, both Mr. Cohen and the former Mr. Zimmerman shared non-traditional voices and a gift for truly literate lyrics. Both made their recording debuts on Columbia Records, and even shared a producer, Bob Johnston. But the similarities largely end there.  When Songs of Leonard Cohen was issued in late 1967, Dylan himself was still the new Dylan! Currently about to enter his 50th year as a recording artist, Bob Dylan barely had five years under his belt in 1967. Thanks to the herculean efforts of Columbia Records and Legacy, Leonard Cohen’s own 44-year career can now be assessed in one remarkable collection sure to inspire a breed of “new Cohens.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Leonard Cohen – “Old Ideas” (2012)

January 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm (Leonard Cohen, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Neil McCormick’s Jan. 27th review of the new Leonard Cohen album (coming out tomorrow), from The Telegraph…

“He wants to write a love song/ An anthem of forgiving/ A manual for living with defeat/ A cry above the suffering/ A sacrifice recovering/ But that isn’t what I need him to complete,” whispers Leonard Cohen on the opening track of Old Ideas, his first album of original songs in seven years, and only his 12th studio album since 1967.

Writing in the third person about his struggles with his muse, Cohen slyly describes himself as “a lazy bastard living in a suit” but his legendarily slow working methods have less to do with sloth than depth, precision and judgment, the exacting standards of poetic genius.

The song that emerges from this particular struggle is “Going Home,” an elegiac act of surrender, in which there is little doubt about the final destination. As the angelic Webb Sisters add heavenly sighs, Cohen’s weary Read the rest of this entry »

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Leonard Cohen – “Show Me the Place” (2012)

January 28, 2012 at 8:23 am (Leonard Cohen, Music)

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Anjani – “Blue Alert” (2006)

January 8, 2011 at 2:03 am (Leonard Cohen, Music, Reviews & Articles)

A review by Pico Iyer from January 2007 the Shambala Sun website. Anjani Thomas recorded this album with the production and lyrical help of the one and only Leonard Cohen, who happens to be Anjani’s romantic partner. Anjani has also provided backing vocals for Mr. Cohen over the years. This is definitely an album worth picking up for any Cohen fan, but even if you’re not…

Thanks for the Dance 

Pico Iyer considers Leonard Cohen—the ladies’ man, the balladeer, the Zen poet, and the essence of cool with a new love giving voice to his songs of parting and old age.

Through the long hot nights of summer and early autumn I have been listening to the ten newest songs from Leonard Cohen, almost unbearably sad in their themes and beautiful in their bareness, yet turned sultry and smoky and rich with a full-bodied looseness thanks to his collaborator in life and in art, Anjani. The songs on Anjani’s album (as it is officially), Blue Alert, are all about goodbye and “closing time” and passing away from the scene. “Tired” is the word that recurs, and “old,” and the picture that Cohen uses for himself on the back cover (as the album’s “producer”) makes him look out of focus and almost posthumous, fading from our view. Yet when such songs of parting and old age are delivered by a young, fresh, commanding woman singer, they take on a much more complicated resonance. Sweet as much as bitter, with the echo of spring in the dark of early winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire” (1974)

January 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm (Cinema, Leonard Cohen, Music, Reviews & Articles)

This review comes from the DVD Talk website, and was written by Jamie S. Rich, Aug. 31, 2010…

In 1972, dour folk philosopher Leonard Cohen went out on a European tour that began in Dublin and ended in Jerusalem. He had a band that included Jennifer Warnes, Ron Cornelius, and Bob Johnston, and Tony Palmer and his film crew followed them from one venue to the next. The footage was compiled into the 1972 film Bird on the Wire. Reminiscent of D.A. Pennebaker’s similar portrait of Bob Dylan, Don’t Look Back, the movie showed the ups and downs of touring, giving as much room to the backstage as it did the concert hall. A weary Cohen fends off pretty women, needy journalists, and angry Germans upset by technical difficulties, all while searching for a transcendent experience at the microphone. Bird on the Wire is a peek at an artist stretched at his most thin, the bird barely able to stay atop his precarious perch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leonard Cohen – “Songs of Love and Hate” (1971)

December 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm (Leonard Cohen, Music, Reviews & Articles)

This review was written by Arthur Schmidt in the Sept. 2, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone (issue #90)…

Songs from a Room, Cohen’s second album, was for me a great improvement over his first because of restraint in the use of strings, clarions and angelic choirs, and because the compositions themselves were fairly even in quality (with “Bird on the Wire” and “Story of Issac” two really tight, clean stand-outs). And short — he shouldn’t be straining the frail but frequently quite lovely melodies to five and six minutes, as he does on Songs of Love and Hate. But this record, alas, goes back to all the trash that cluttered up the first album — schlock horns, schlock strings, schlock chorus — as if to make of it a style. Recognizable, yes no one but Leonard Cohen could have come out with these arrangements but a style, no. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ellen Sander – “Leonard Cohen…The Man” (1967)

November 5, 2009 at 3:11 am (Leonard Cohen, Music, Poetry & Literature, Reviews & Articles)

August 1967 Sing Out! article about LC in his early days as a singer-songwriter…


Leonard Cohen, Canadian born author, poet, songwriter, singer, the subject of a film. Leonard Cohen, incredibly handsome, immensely articulate tough-tender young man of our times. Or possibly he is a man of his times, and we are just arriving.

Judy Collins spoke of him at Newport, and put two of his songs in her recent Elektra album. His novel, Beautiful Losers, is making waves as a Bantam paperback. His Columbia album is scheduled for release as this magazine goes into the mails.

His songs, the consummation of his music and his poetry, speak of love and lovers, of aching, tender intimate love, of obscure love, born of that something else we all feel in bittersweet moments, and of reasonable facsimiles thereof. He is also curiously and uniquely preoccupied with orthodox religion.

Although it almost seems irrelevant, there was a beginning for Cohen. He was born in Montreal. He attended school there, and was graduated from McGill University in 1955. His work, which includes in addition to Beautiful Losers another novel, The Favorite Game, and three volumes of verse, has been much anthologized and has appeared in periodicals in Canada and the U.S. He has twice won the Canada Council Award.

Cohen maintains a home on the Greek isle of Hydra, but frequently returns to the States to renew his “neurotic afflictions” and brings more songs and poetry with him. Lately he has been prowling New York, Los Angeles and Montreal folk and rock houses for a taste of the new sounds. In April he gave a reading of his poetry and Beautiful Losers at Buffalo State University, and sang some of his songs. This reading was in conjunction with their Festival of Arts program.

No comparison can be drawn between Leonard Cohen and any other phenomenon. Many will undoubtedly attempt such a comparison, but the result will be, at best, fragmentary. For Cohen is a rarity, if not a scarcity. And though he will always be rare in the true sense of the word, he will be listened to, sung, and read by an ever increasing entourage, those of the new awareness, those seeking artists of sensitivity.

Ellen Sander

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