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Songs from the Road
     

Songs from the Road

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by Leonard Cohen
 

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Given that Leonard Cohen's international concert tours of the late 2000s were prompted by the fact his former manager 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

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Given that Leonard Cohen's international concert tours of the late 2000s were prompted by the fact his former manager 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 presented Songs from the Road, featuring 12 tunes 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886977590825
catalogNumber:
775908
Rank:
13396

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Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

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
Leanne Ungar   Engineer
John VanNest   Additional Production
Hy Zaret   Composer
Edward Sanders   Director,Producer
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Mark Vreeken   Engineer
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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Songs from the Road 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Geets More than 1 year ago
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?
Wyldr More than 1 year ago
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.