Essential Leonard Cohen [Limited Edition 3.0]

The Essential Leonard Cohen [Limited Edition 3.0]

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The tracks on this two-CD, 31-song anthology, spanning Leonard Cohen's career from his 1967 debut album through 2002's Ten New Songs, were chosen by Cohen himself. It could thus be regarded as an accurate mirror of how Cohen sees his own career path and catalog highlights. And there are many of the songs you would expect from any…  See more details below

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The tracks on this two-CD, 31-song anthology, spanning Leonard Cohen's career from his 1967 debut album through 2002's Ten New Songs, were chosen by Cohen himself. It could thus be regarded as an accurate mirror of how Cohen sees his own career path and catalog highlights. And there are many of the songs you would expect from any decent Cohen retrospective: "Suzanne," "Sisters of Mercy," "So Long Marianne," "Bird on a Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat," and "I'm You're Man," for instance. Still, the balance and selection isn't ideal. There's just one song ("Famous Blue Raincoat") from Songs of Love and Hate, and no songs at all from Death of a Ladies Man. Cohen's 1988-2002 period is arguably overrepresented, with about half of the package's tunes dating from that era. And because his later period is so prominently featured, most listeners won't be able to get around the fact that his voice declined in expressive range in the later years, and his material was less striking than his best early songs. Still, for those who've enjoyed Cohen all along, it's a good dose of much of his better work, and certainly doesn't skimp on the running time, with each of the discs lasting 78 minutes. [This special 2008 edition adds a bonus disc which includes "Death of a Ladies Man," "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy" and five other songs.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886973099629
catalogNumber:
730996

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Suzanne
  2. The Stranger Song
  3. Sisters of Mercy
  4. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
  5. So Long, Marianne
  6. Bird on a Wire
  7. The Partisan
  8. Famous Blue Raincoat
  9. Chelsea Hotel #2
  10. Take This Longing
  11. Who by Fire
  12. The Guests
  13. Hallelujah
  14. If It Be Your Will
  15. Night Comes On
  16. I'm Your Man
  17. Everybody Knows
  18. Tower of Song

Disc 2

  1. Ain't No Cure for Love
  2. Take This Waltz
  3. First We Take Manhattan
  4. Dance Me to the End of Love
  5. The Future
  6. Democracy
  7. Waiting for the Miracle
  8. Closing Time
  9. Anthem
  10. In My Secret Life
  11. Alexandra Leaving
  12. A Thousand Kisses Deep
  13. Love Itself

Disc 3

  1. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
  2. Love Calls You by Name
  3. A Singer Must Die
  4. Death of a Ladies' Man
  5. The Traitor
  6. By the Rivers Dark
  7. The Letters

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Producer,Illustrations,Audio Production
John Simon   Audio Production
Phil Spector   Producer,Audio Production
Roscoe Beck   Producer
Rebecca de Mornay   Producer
Yoav Goren   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer,Audio Production
Henry Lewy   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Lindsey   Producer
John Lissauer   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Bob Metzger   Producer
Michel Robidoux   Producer,Audio Production
Leanne Ungar   Producer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Sam Tata   Cover Photo
Jon Newman   Packaging Manager
Sharon Robinson   Producer,Audio Production

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The Essential Leonard Cohen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you not familiar with Leonard Cohen's work, spanning the mid-60's to the present, this is THE introduction to one of the most gifted of folk-song writers and singers (you gotta "love" his voice like you "love" Dylan's voice). His work tends toward the dark and pensive, and his latter work is tinged with tasteful electronica that's smooth with a silky sadness or, perhaps, acceptance. For those familiar with Cohen, but thought he had disappeared years ago, this is proof that the man is still a genius (this set includes 4 tracks from his most recent release). For those who have every album he has released over the years, this is still a great collection to throw on the CD player and get a nice career overview w/o having to fuss with alot of CD's to get to the great stuff. Cohen selected all the songs to be included in this anthology, and, except for a very few very minor quibbles, these 2 discs define the man's best work. Truly a treasure - buy it, own it, love it...again and again.
Bumpa More than 1 year ago
Wonderful CD! No wonder Leonard Cohen won a lifetime achievement award at the recent Grammys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of his best
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