Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jennifer Warnes was familiar with Leonard Cohen from a tour of duty as one of his backup singers in the early '70s, but this collection of Cohen's songs must have shocked her AM radio fans who knew her from her '70s country-pop hits and her movie themes, if they were even able to connect the woman who sang "It's the right time of the night for makin' love" with the one who declared "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin" over stinging guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughan on the opening track here. As that pairing suggests, Warnes wisely took a tougher, more contemporary approach to the arrangements than such past Cohen interpreters as Judy Collins used to. Where ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jennifer Warnes was familiar with Leonard Cohen from a tour of duty as one of his backup singers in the early '70s, but this collection of Cohen's songs must have shocked her AM radio fans who knew her from her '70s country-pop hits and her movie themes, if they were even able to connect the woman who sang "It's the right time of the night for makin' love" with the one who declared "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin" over stinging guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughan on the opening track here. As that pairing suggests, Warnes wisely took a tougher, more contemporary approach to the arrangements than such past Cohen interpreters as Judy Collins used to. Where other singers tended to geld Cohen's often disturbingly revealing poetry, Warnes, working with the composer himself and introducing a couple of great new songs "First We Take Manhattan" and "Song of Bernadette," which she co-wrote, matched his own versions. The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive. And it went a long way toward reestablishing Cohen, whose reputation was in a minor eclipse in the mid-'80s. A year later, with the way paved for him, he released his brilliant comeback album I'm Your Man. For Warnes, the album meant her first taste of real critical success: suddenly a singer who had seemed like a second-rate Linda Ronstadt now appeared to be a first-class interpretive artist.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Ariola Germany
  • EAN: 4007192584185
  • Catalog Number: 925841

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jennifer Warnes Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bobby King Vocals
David Lindley Steel Guitar
Van Dyke Parks Synthesizer, Accordion
Robben Ford Guitar
David Lasley Vocals
Jorge Calderon Bass
Sid Page Violin
C. Roscoe Beck Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar
Roscoe Beck Fretless Bass Guitar
Rev. Dave Boruff Saxophone
Larry Brown Tambourine, Shaker
Lenny Castro Percussion
Gary Chang Synthesizer
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Kal David Vocals
Terry Evans Vocals
Russell Ferrante Synthesizer
Richard Feves Bass
Steve Forman Percussion
Bill Ginn Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Electric Piano
William "Bill" Greene Vocals
Michael Landau Guitar
Paul Ostermayer Tenor Saxophone
Barbara Porter Violin
Joseph Powell Vocals
Greg Prestopino Vocals
Tim Stone Vocals
Fred Tackett Guitar
Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar
William D. "Smitty" Smith Synthesizer, Hammond Organ
Arnold McCuller Vocals
Novi Novog Viola
Willie Green Jr. Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
George Ball Vocals
Sharon Robinson Vocals
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Jennifer Warnes Producer, Art Direction
Chuck Barth Programming
C. Roscoe Beck Producer
Tim Boyle Engineer
Larry Brown Engineer
Paul Brown Engineer
Gary Chang Programming, Synthesizer Arrangements
Bill Ginn Arranger
Henry Lewy Engineer
John Lissauer Composer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Billy Youdelman Engineer
Steven Strassman Engineer
Leslie Wintner Art Direction
Todd Yyega Programming
Bill Youdleman Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album of the 80s...

    Though the 80s and 90s filled the air with tribute albums, FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT was not only the best of that bunch, but the best of all genres...period. The match of voice to lyricist is the finest in decades. Underrated, Warnes should have a deluge of solo Grammys, including a Pop Female Vocal for this one. She is terrific by any standards.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a magnificent album

    cohen is the music/poet of infinite sadness and loss. few if any write better than he does. here his most famous backup singer takes these treasures and makes them her own. while they are sung with a precise beauty that decorates the very air in any room they are played in, it's the track "song of bernadette" that is done with such sheer grace that even steel beams bend down to cry. it is that good.it never was up for any awards i know of, which shows that the awards shows are bogus. this is album is the synonym for beauty and grace. nothing more can be said unless you hear it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I didn't have to go to the laundromat for this!

    My parents both love Leonard Cohen, so naturally it felt right for them to pick up a copy of this CD. I liked it somewhat when I was a kid, and, after December 1995, I never played it again after I hooked out to AC/DC's "Back In Black." I humiliated myself in front of my English 9 class about a speech on Leonard Cohen, so I got rid of all my Leonard Cohen albums, finding out too painful to listen to his works. Then one evening in October 2003, I brought this CD out and listened to it. And am I glad that I did! I feel this album totally rips away from the dark and dreary feel of any of Cohen's own music. Jennifer Warnes has an absolutely lovely voice, and manages to make all the songs sound her own. The playing alone is beautiful, and fits right in with her voice. I feel that this is music that annihiliates both bad music and bad thoughts. (In fact, the main reason I got hooked on it was being a Zappa fan and knowing about VC's contribution.) I enjoy this album immensely, and feel that Jennifer Warnes maybe *the* most underrated vocalist of all time. This easily ranks as one of top my 20 CDs of all time.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews