/ Leonard Cohen
I'm Your Man
I actually only have compilations, oh the shame
But surely the obvious ones are
Songs of Love and Hate
Longs of Leonard Cohen
Songs From a Room
Songs of Love and Hate
I'm your man
are the 4 that I enjoy reprising most....great to hear the change in style from the early very "acoustic" ambience to the more bull-on band sound of "I'm Your Man".
When I first saw him live (think it was Oslo in 1980 or thereabouts) I was surprised when he did the first half of the show as a solo acoustic set and then came back after the interval with a full rock band, backing singers and some really up-beat stuff. We're used to seeing him with a full band these days but back then it was a real and delightful novelty.
His recent 'Ten New Songs' is great. 'By The Rivers Dark' is vintage Cohen - deep and dark (I suppose the title gives it away). Oh, and he's good live.
Or alternatively go and see him live - he's on tour at the moment. I went after hearing Mark Radcliffe say he wasn't particularly a fan but rated Leonard Cohen's concert at the O2 one of the best live gigs ever.
Went to see him live last year as I have been a lifelong fan. He was every bit as good as I expectd him to be and more.
So much great material to chose from over several decades, most already mentioned. I've listened to him since 60's and saw him live 3 years ago, he's a perfectionist, fantastic and the repertoire of great songs never seem to end.
I also enjoy Jennifer Warnes 'Famous Blue Raincoat', good cover versions of Cohen - worth picking up or listening if you see it somewhere.
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