Songs of Leonard Cohen [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
At a time when a growing number of pop songwriters were embracing a more explicitly poetic approach in their lyrics, the 1967 debut album from Leonard Cohen introduced a songwriter who, rather than being inspired by "serious" literature, took up music after establishing himself as a published author and poet. The ten songs on Songs of Leonard Cohen were certainly beautifully constructed, artful in a way few if any other lyricists would approach for some time, but what's most striking about these songs isn't Cohen's technique, superb as it is, so much as his portraits of a world dominated by love and lust, rage and need, compassion and betrayal. While the relationship ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
At a time when a growing number of pop songwriters were embracing a more explicitly poetic approach in their lyrics, the 1967 debut album from Leonard Cohen introduced a songwriter who, rather than being inspired by "serious" literature, took up music after establishing himself as a published author and poet. The ten songs on Songs of Leonard Cohen were certainly beautifully constructed, artful in a way few if any other lyricists would approach for some time, but what's most striking about these songs isn't Cohen's technique, superb as it is, so much as his portraits of a world dominated by love and lust, rage and need, compassion and betrayal. While the relationship between men and women was often the framework for Cohen's songs he didn't earn the nickname "the master of erotic despair" for nothing, he didn't write about love; rather, Cohen used the never-ending thrust and parry between the sexes as a jumping off point for his obsessive investigation of humanity's occasional kindness and frequent atrocities both emotional and physical. Cohen's world view would be heady stuff at nearly any time and place, but coming in a year when pop music was only just beginning to be taken seriously, Songs of Leonard Cohen was a truly audacious achievement, as bold a challenge to pop music conventions as the other great debut of the year, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and a nearly perfectly realized product of his creative imagination. Producer John Simon added a touch of polish to Cohen's songs with his arrangements originally Cohen wanted no accompaniment other than his guitar, though the results don't detract from his dry but emotive vocals; instead, they complement his lyrics with a thoughtful beauty and give the songs even greater strength. And a number of Cohen's finest songs appeared here, including the luminous "Suzanne," the subtly venomous "Master Song" and "Sisters of Mercy," which would later be used to memorable effect in Robert Altman's film McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Many artists work their whole career to create a work as singular and accomplished as Songs of Leonard Cohen, and Cohen worked this alchemy the first time he entered a recording studio; few musicians have ever created a more remarkable or enduring debut. [Leonard Cohen's back catalog had long been in need of refurbishing when Sony/BMG released a remastered edition of Songs of Leonard Cohen in 2007. The new edition featured two bonus tracks recorded during the original sessions for the album, "Store Room" and "Blessed Is the Memory," and while neither is a major discovery, they're fine songs and worthy additions to the set. The album's audio is subtly but noticeably improved, and the beautifully designed package includes lyrics for the original album's ten songs as well as an essay from Anthony DeCurtis.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886970474221
  • Catalog Number: 704742
  • Sales rank: 10,908

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Cohen Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer, Artwork
Bruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
John Hammond Sr. Audio Production
John Simon Audio Production
Mark Wilder Mastering
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
John F. Hammond Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Leonard Cohen made the music world stand up and take notice

    This one begins the career of one of the finest singers and songwriters of all time. He has never made a bad album and every album has something from which every singer and writer can learn from. Besides that, his albums are a thrill to hear (even if their always a measured performance).

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