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I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... Compilation
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|6. Suzanne - Geoffry Oryema|
|7. So Long Marianne - James|
|8. Avalanche IV - Jean-Louis Murat|
|9. Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on - David McComb & Adam Peters|
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|11. Chelsea Hotel - Lloyd Cole|
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|14. True Love Leaves No Traces - Dead Famous People|
|15. I'm Your Man - Bill Pritchard|
|16. A Singer Must Die - Fatima Mansions|
|17. Tower Of Song - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds|
|18. Hallelujah - John Cale|
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Compared to Famous Blue Raincoat (much shorter but much, much more luminous), I'm Your Fan is middling. What's up with the two covers of Tower of Song? Why is the cover of Suzanne so freaking boring? But then there are the beautiful plusses -- A Singer Must Die, the funky cover of Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On (who wouldn't want to hear THAT at a wedding?) and the oft-mentioned version of Hallelujah. I really like the French version of Avalanche (I didn't get the original for many years after this and was very surprised as my hand translated version was very different).
Bottom line: if you want 1 LC tribute CD, get Jennifer Warnes's. If you want 2, get this one too.
The Pixies, arguably one of the best bands of the last 20 years, have covered Cohen's "I Can't Forget" superbly. Their version of this song is a fantastic hard rock rave-up. I don't think that the words exist that will enable me to accurately describe how I feel about their take on this song. The Pixies are a great cover band anyway (listen to "Evil Hearted You", "Head On", and "Cecilia Ann", "Wild Honey Pie" and "In Heaven (Everything is Fine)" from their own catalog, and this song is certainly their best cover song, and could be the best cover song ever.
Some of my favorite Cohen songs are done badly by musicians I love ("Take this Longing" by Peter Astor, once touted as the "new Bob Dylan" and "I'm Your Man" by Bill Pritchard are forgettable) and some Cohen songs that I don't like are done badly by musicians that I can't stand (Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on by David McComb & Adam Peters). This is why I gave it 4 stars. On the upside, some of my least favorite Cohen songs are done very well by artists I love ("Halleluiah" by John Cale was a nice song); some of my favorite artists cover Cohen classics very well (Pixies, REM and Nick Cave). Did you get all that?
One great benefit of this album, one way in which it has helped me to be more eclectic is that many songs I love are done very well by artists I had never of prior to buying this CD. I have since bought CDs by many of the artists paying tribute to Cohen on this album and I am quite happy I did.Read more ›
I do think there are some snoozers on here, but none of the tracks really make me cringe (though I generally fast-forward past "Suzanne" as I find the approach a bit heavy and dull. It's hard to bring anything new to that one, it's been done so well by others. I love the cover of "Take This Longing", also "A Singer Must Die", and although others disagree, I adore REM's track. I can't even talk about John Cale's "Hallelujah". As a side note, I strongly urge people who like his track here to buy his "Fragments of a Rainy Season". His songwriting is absolutely compelling to me, though don't try it if you like to be handed obvious meanings on a plate. He accompanies himself on acoustic piano or guitar, creating a gorgeous and chilling atmospheric space, perfect for a rainy afternoon. But I digress.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this CD when it first came out in the 90's, as part of my R.E.M comprehensive collection. Since that time, this has stayed constantly near or in my CD player. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by J. Holsinger
i got this as a gift, and since i enjoy leonard cohen music, i expected to enjoy this too, it's wasn't too dissapointed, but most of the interpetations to his songs are either... Read morePublished on March 25 2003 by A. Dan
1. That Petrol Emotion doing "Stories of the Street"
2. A raucous "Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on" by David McComb and Adam Peters
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Leonard Cohen was rocking -if I may say- my craddle and I still love the old cracking LPs I stole from my mother. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by S. Maruta
John Cale is a wonderful, overlooked artist who is better known for his work with the Velvet Underground and for his work as a producer for such bands as The Modern Lovers, The... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2001 by Milton Abrams
"Hallelujah" by Nick Cave in this album does not approach the rendition of "Hallelujah" by Bono in the other tribute album, "Tower of Song". Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2001
This 1991 tribute album reveals the broad range of Cohen's talent as composer in its dazzling variety of voices and styles. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2000 by Peter Uys
I've never been a big fan of Leonard Cohen singing Leonard Cohen for two reasons. One, his voice is dry, husky and nonmusical. Read morePublished on June 9 2000 by dev1
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