The Essential Leonard Cohen
 : The Essential Leonard Cohen

by: Leonard Cohen

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0696998688421
Edition: Ltd Rmst ed.
Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 3356225492
Label: Sony Legacy
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Model: 2110627
MPN: 1792481
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: October 22, 2002
Publisher: Sony Legacy
Release Date: October 22, 2002
Running Time: 156 minutes
Studio: Sony Legacy

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 the 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
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
The best collection yet from one of pop music's most influential, enduring and fascinating artists! Includes Suzanne; Bird on a Wire; Sisters of Mercy; Famous Blue Raincoat; First We Take Manhattan; Ain't No Cure; Night Comes On; I'm Your Man; Tower of Song; Chelsea Hotel #2; Hallelujah, and more.
This two-disc retrospective traces the Canadian bard's musical maturity from poet and novelist who sang a little to multidimensional artist whose oracular vocals and increasingly rich arrangements are every bit as compelling as his verse. Even when Cohen came to prominence through the 1960s songcraft of "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," the "folksinger" tag never really fit. Later highlights ranging from the deadpan drollery of "Tower of Song" and "Everybody Knows" to the apocalyptic anthemry of "First We Take Manhattan" and "Democracy" suggest that other labels might be more appropriate: cabaret surrealist, spiritual gadfly, sensual prophet, agent provocateur. Cohen chose the selections, drawing more than half of the 31 tracks from three landmark albums--his 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1988's I'm Your Man, and 1992's The Future--along with four from 2001's Ten New Songs. The collection justifies its title as deep as it goes, though it's a shame that Cohen's commercial profile couldn't justify the more elaborate box set his artistry warrants (one that would at least include lyrics and musician credits). Those who sample the consistently inspired music here might come to the conclusion that everything Cohen records is essential. --Don McLeese

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