Songs from the Road

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Given that Leonard Cohen's recent international concert tour was prompted by the fact his former manager purportedly made off with his life's savings, only a curmudgeon would blame the man for trying to make the enterprise as profitable as possible. Roughly 14 months after releasing Live in London, which preserved Cohen's July 2008 performance at London's 02 Arena, the venerable singer and songwriter is presenting to his fans Songs from the Road, featuring 12 tunes (on both CD and DVD) from his 2008 and 2009 concert dates. While Live in London captured the feel and flow of a single concert and featured most of Cohen's best-known songs, this set includes bits and pieces from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Given that Leonard Cohen's recent international concert tour was prompted by the fact his former manager purportedly made off with his life's savings, only a curmudgeon would blame the man for trying to make the enterprise as profitable as possible. Roughly 14 months after releasing Live in London, which preserved Cohen's July 2008 performance at London's 02 Arena, the venerable singer and songwriter is presenting to his fans Songs from the Road, featuring 12 tunes (on both CD and DVD) from his 2008 and 2009 concert dates. While Live in London captured the feel and flow of a single concert and featured most of Cohen's best-known songs, this set includes bits and pieces from 11 different shows, and while this album isn't exactly a collection of rarities, it does feature a number of lesser-known tunes (such as "Heart With No Companion" and "That Don't Make It Junk") and variant versions of some of his more famous numbers (Cohen juggles the order of the verses on "Suzanne" and adds a new verse to "Bird on a Wire"). While Live in London was a richly satisfying souvenir of Cohen's inspired comeback shows, Songs from the Road is less impressive in its more modest scale and less cohesive atmosphere. But the album still demonstrates that Cohen is a compelling and absorbing performer who brings his soul into every verse he sings, and his band is nothing less that superb; even when Dino Soldo's sax and Bob Metzger's guitar dip into jazz fusion sleepyland, they give Cohen just the musical support he needs, and the interplay between them and the vocalist is a marvel. Songs from the Road seems a bit pale compared to the excellence of Live in London, but both albums are enough to convince anyone that even at the age of 74, Leonard Cohen remains one of the most vital figures in contemporary music, and his gifts as a performer nearly match his abilities as a writer, no small accomplishment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886977590825
  • Catalog Number: 775908
  • Sales rank: 38,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lover, Lover, Lover [Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 24, (7:43)
  2. 2 Bird On the Wire [Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008 (6:09)
  3. 3 Chelsea Hotel (3:31)
  4. 4 Heart With No Companion [Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Ge (5:06)
  5. 5 That Don't Make It Junk (4:22)
  6. 6 Waiting For the Miracle [Hp Pavilion, San Jose, California, November 13 (8:01)
  7. 7 Avalanche [Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 200 (4:17)
  8. 8 Suzanne (3:41)
  9. 9 The Partisan (5:18)
  10. 10 Famous Blue Raincoat (5:23)
  11. 11 Hallelujah [Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009 (7:32)
  12. 12 Closing Time (6:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lover, Lover, Lover [Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 24,
  2. 2 Bird On the Wire [Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008
  3. 3 Chelsea Hotel
  4. 4 Heart With No Companion [Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Ge
  5. 5 That Don't Make It Junk
  6. 6 Waiting For the Miracle [Hp Pavilion, San Jose, California, November 13
  7. 7 Avalanche [Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 200
  8. 8 Suzanne
  9. 9 The Partisan
  10. 10 Famous Blue Raincoat
  11. 11 Hallelujah [Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009
  12. 12 Closing Time
  13. 13 Backstage Sketch
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Cohen Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Roscoe Beck Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Standup Bass
Bob Metzger Guitar, Background Vocals
Dino Soldo Harmonica, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Wind Instruments
Hattie Webb Harp, Background Vocals
Charley Webb Guitar, Background Vocals
Javier Mas 12-string Guitar, Bandurria
Sharon Robinson Background Vocals
Rafael Bernardo Gayol Percussion, Drums
Niel Larsen Keyboards
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Ed Sanders Liner Notes
Roscoe Beck Musical Director
Doug Sax Mastering
Leanne Ungar Engineer
John VanNest Additional Production
Hy Zaret Composer
Edward Sanders Director, Producer
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Mark Vreeken Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Steve Berkowitz Producer, Executive Producer
Robert Kory Executive Producer
Russell Wilson Engineer
Leon Wieseltier Liner Notes
Lorca Cohen Art Direction, Filmmaker
Javier Mas Laud
Sharon Robinson Composer
Richard Alcock Producer
Nick Frey Direction
Mathieu Coutu Direction
Martin Pare Engineer
Etienne Lapre Engineer
Dan Gitlin Video Editor
Brian "Pants" Kirk Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

    Absolutely fantastic

    This CD and DVD set is tremendous! Apparently, these performances were hand-picked by Leonard and his manager, Ed Sanders, from the many performances of the tour. Nearly all of these performances are simply stunning. Meaning, the best ever! Leonard's voice is aging like a very fine wine, and the band is really, really supportive. I could almost say that each of these songs is the best version of that song ever. It's that good.

    Unlike the earlier "Live in London", the visuals were shot in High Definition, and the audio mix is nothing short of spectacular and seamless, especially when you consider that each of these performances come from a different concert. Put on Suzanne, Famous Blue Raincoat, Hallelujah, Bird on the Wire and prepare to be stopped in your tracks!

    Wow.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Highly recommended - Amazing,earhy and spiritual, vintage Cohen

    I was leery at first, Live albums are always a big question mark with me. I took the plunge. Having been intrigued from my first hearing of Noel Harrison's cover of Suzanne on the radio, I pursued L. Cohen's music and poetry. The blends of musical styles and themes have their unique captivations. The opener, "Lover, Lover, Lover" sets the pace with a klezmer feel and a conversation with the "I AM" sets the pace but it's no time to look back. Every song challenged me in different ways with images "curling up like smoke". I laughed, wept and celebrated a mere sample of this man's remarkable career. The sound his very good and the accompanying musicans seemd just as rapt as the maestro - a beautiful dance. Not for L. Cohen fans only but for those who wanting and willing to taste life's richness, fullnes, heartaches and joys. Thank you Mr. Cohe. May we have another?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Why duplicate the CD?

    The concert tour was FABULOUS. I saw him in Asheville, NC. But since there are 2 CDs, why are they duplicates? There were many other songs he performed in the concert. I'm not sure I would purchase this, even with the interview. Leonard Cohen is the best, but this doesn't seem to be a well thought-out release.

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