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More Best of Leonard Cohen

More Best of Leonard Cohen

by Leonard Cohen


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This second compilation covers Leonard Cohen's career from 1984 to 1995 (skipping over both Death of a Ladies' Man, which is understandable, and Recent Songs, which is more questionable). Cohen did not have any hits during this period, though a few songs, notably "Everybody Knows" and "Tower of Song," became well enough known to be essential choices. Otherwise, Cohen's craftsmanship makes a choice from among his work difficult. This set chooses four of the eight songs from the celebrated I'm Your Man album (and more might have been included) and four from its less successful follow-up, The Future. One track, "Dance Me to the End of Love," comes from Various Positions, with another of that album's songs, "Hallelujah," included in a live version. There is also a live version of the Cohen standard "Suzanne," and there are two previously unreleased songs, the typically funny and erotic "Never Any Good" and the minute-long disembodied recitation "The Great Event." It's easy to note important omissions -- "Came So Far for Beauty," "If It Be Your Will," and "First We Take Manhattan" are perhaps the most missed -- but what's here chronicles both the continuance of Cohen's talent as a songwriter and the improvement in his deepened voice and record-making abilities in this portion of his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646863626
catalogNumber: 68636
Rank: 13311

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Jennifer Warnes   Vocals
John Bilezikjian   Mandolin,Oud
Jorge Calderon   Bass
Mass Choir   Choir, Chorus
John Barnes   Bass
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Tom Brechtlein   Drums
Alex Brown   Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor,Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Tambourine
Julie Christensen   Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Jim Cox   Keyboards
Julie Delgado   Bass
Bill Ginn   Keyboards
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Darrell Leonard   Horn
Steve Lindsey   Keyboards
Steve Meador   Drums
Bob Metzger   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Ostermayer   Keyboards,Saxophone
Dean Parks   Guitar,Mandolin
Earl Lon Price   Horn
Greg Smith   Horn
Donald Taylor   Choir Director
Lee Thornburg   Horn
Stephen Zirkel   Bass,Trumpet,Keyboards
Perla Batalla   Vocals
Bob Furgo   Violin,Keyboards
Tom McMoran   Keyboards
Elisabeth Valletti   Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Mayel Assouly   Vocals
Raffi Hakopian   Violin
Evelyine Hebey   Vocals
Jackie Farris   Vocals
Jeff Fisher   Keyboards
Steve Metzger   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Dennis Harring   Guitar
Victoria ?   Vocals
Thomas Timko   Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
C. Roscoe Beck   Producer
David Campbell   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Richard Cottrell   Engineer
Rebecca de Mornay   Producer
Yoav Goren   Arranger,Programming
David Hough   Engineer
Iki Levy   Programming
Steve Lindsey   Producer
Doug McClement   Engineer
Bob Metzger   Producer
Billy Myers   Engineer
Jean-Jacque Peruchon   Engineer
Gean-Michel Reusser   Producer
Michel Robidoux   Producer
Jean-Philippe Rykiel   Arranger
David Shoeber   Engineer
Ian Terry   Engineer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Leanne Ungar   Producer,Engineer
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Kevin Beauchamp   Engineer
Federico García Lorca   Composer
Jeff Fisher   Arranger,Programming
David Kelln   Engineer
Roger Guerin   Engineer

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More Best of Leonard Cohen 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leonard Cohen, the most ubiquitously great singer-songwriter of the past fifty years years (in my opinion), is hard to accuse as having a dilettante collection of songs with his best hits collection. The sheer greatness of his work, though, can never be abhorred by anybody. As most people could not several wonderful songs are missing from the CD including "If It Be Your Will," "First We Take Manhattan" and, "The Window" and sparing several others. The main thrust of his songs never cease to impress, though. For instance, from the first song, he had detailed the declining power of America with such crises as Vietnam, Reaganomics, Watergate, AIDS, Cocaine epidemic, just to name a few in "Everybody Knows." Leonard Cohen never was one to shy away from topics, including the Apocylatic "Future," as we are seeing the vision coming true. He is up to his naughty self in the previously unreleased "Never Any Good," where he includes the typical Cohenian lyric..."I am sorry for my crimes against the moonlight." The fire still burns, even after 70. LC is proof of that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, Brava! I am an admirer of the Leonard Cohen sound and lyric and its effect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent cd
Arie More than 1 year ago
Loved the lyrics since I was a College student. Good sound, soothing voice, great songs. Leon
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed cohens music for many years. He is always intelligent and the portrait he paints with his lyrics is always full of color and texture. This CD has some of his best work. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the album upon first hearing it. There is much in his songs that relate to a person who has lived and loved a while. Any man having a deep voice should learn a few Leonard Cohen songs to entertain his favorite lady. I played them over and over on my MP3 player to learn my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's how the light gets in by Susan Rako, M.D. Fans of Cohen's will recognize There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in Rako, a comtemporary of Cohen, has given is a fascinating and remarkably candid look into her life and times. That's how the light gets in is wonderfully well-written and a great read. The writing just flows.
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