Cohen Live:Leonard Cohen Live in Conc - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Folk Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Leanne Ungar; Bob Metzger
- Cohen Live
Personnel: Leonard Cohen (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jorge Calderon (vocals, bass); Perla Batalla, Julie Christensen (vocals); Bob Metzger (electric & pedal steel guitar); John Bilezikjian (oud, mandolin); Bob Furgo (violin, keyboards); Paul Ostermayer (saxophone, keyboards); Stephen Zirkel (trumpet, keyboards, bass); Tom McMorran, Bill Ginn (keyboards); Steve Meador (drums).
Recorded live in 1988 & 1993.
By the '90s, Cohen's image had changed from that of brooding acoustic troubadour to ironic chansonnier, closer to Serge Gainsbourg than to Bob Dylan. This live album reflects Cohen's latter-day persona by capturing in flight the essence of his performances. On early tunes like the gorgeous ballad "Suzanne" and the foreboding, biblical "Who By Fire," the band spins a smooth sonic latticework, over which Cohen unleashes his poetic ruminations. Newer compositions such as "I'm Your Man" and "Everybody Knows" are at once darker and more humorous, as Cohen undercuts his sinister vocal delivery with a sharp sense of black humor. The main advantage of owning COHEN LIVE is that the singer, relatively controlled in the studio, is more apt to let passion overtake him in live performance. It is at those moments that the true essence of Leonard Cohen is revealed; the raging inner beast barely suppressed by the fragile, self-effacing superego.
- Country of Origin
- Columbia (USA)
- Sony Music Distribution (
- Leonard Cohen
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Dance Me to the End of Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Bird on the Wire
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Everybody Knows
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Joan of Arc
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] There Is a War
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Sisters of Mercy
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Hallelujah
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] I'm Your Man
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Who by Fire?
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] If It Be Your Will
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Heart With No Companion
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Suzanne
- Studio / Live
Entertainment Weekly (7/8/94, p.56) - "...a nice excuse for a Cohen 'best of' collection, and a fresh chance to savor Cohen's world of morbidity and miracles..." - Rating: B
Q (8/94, p.98) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Cohen veterans will enjoy the album as a greatest "hits" parade which reasserts the thought-provoking substance of the songs this all but tone-deaf growler has been turning out for decades..."
- Leanne Ungar
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