Live Songs

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All Music Guide - Gautam Baksi
Although never released in the U.S. except on vinyl, Live Songs is an integral part of the early Cohen chronicles. The CD contains ten live recordings, largely from a handful of European concerts between 1970 and 1972, through which time Cohen had effectively made his transition from brooding poet to brooding poet with guitar. By 1973, Cohen's cult following had swelled to a peak and already began a slight decline. The release includes several new songs, including "Passing Through," "You Know Who I Am," and "Tonight Will Be Fine," all of which skillfully combine heavy doses of erotica, love, and depression. Live Songs also includes a handful of his most popular tracks from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gautam Baksi
Although never released in the U.S. except on vinyl, Live Songs is an integral part of the early Cohen chronicles. The CD contains ten live recordings, largely from a handful of European concerts between 1970 and 1972, through which time Cohen had effectively made his transition from brooding poet to brooding poet with guitar. By 1973, Cohen's cult following had swelled to a peak and already began a slight decline. The release includes several new songs, including "Passing Through," "You Know Who I Am," and "Tonight Will Be Fine," all of which skillfully combine heavy doses of erotica, love, and depression. Live Songs also includes a handful of his most popular tracks from the 1969 release, Songs From a Room. "Bird on a Wire" and "Story of Isaac" are both played admirably live, though neither adds significantly to their studio versions. The album's unmistakable climax lies in the 13-minute epic, "Please Don't Pass Me By," a tale of his personal descent into hell baring such pain and suffering that Cohen rarely sang the song again. The less moving, but still powerful "Queen Victoria" finishes off the CD and went on to become a fan favorite. Live Songs is certainly not an introductory CD, but for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/19/1999
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • EAN: 5099748445421
  • Catalog Number: 484454
  • Sales rank: 46,251

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Cohen Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jennifer Warnes Vocals
Ron Cornelius Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Charlie Daniels Fiddle, Electric Bass
Bob Johnston Organ, Harmonica
Donna Washburn Vocals
Corlynn Hanney Vocals
David O'Connor Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Arranger
Bob Johnston Producer
Bob Potter Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An historical artifact for diehard Lenny fans.

    For anyone who's a diehard Leonard fan, this is, with a couple of exceptions, a wonderful piece, as long as you can tolerate the mediocre sound quality. The two excpetions are "Don't Pass Me By," which is simply too self-indulgent and maudlin and way too long, and "Passing Through," a cover of an old song Pete Seeger used to do, and really has no place here - maybe they simply didn't have any other material to fill out the album. Other than this, it's a great nostalgic artifact of LC doing some of his older material.

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