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Songs of Love and Hate Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 24 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000NOKA1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Import 180gm vinyl LP re-pressing of the singer/songwriter's 1971 album. Nine tracks.

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Cohen’s third album is his most emotionally intense, dark and moving. Songs like "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Avalanche" are haunting and among the iconoclastic Cohen's most enduring. -- S. Duda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 22 2008
Format: Audio CD
... Cohen could be harsh and bitter long before his collaboration with Phil Spector in 1978 that led to the much maligned Death of a Ladies' Man.

Other musician seem to like these songs more than Cohen does; for the collection Essential Leonard Cohen he selected only one track from this album, Famous Blue Raincoat. Among those who highly esteem Songs of Love and Hate is Jennifer Warnes who covers Famous Blue Raincoat on her album of the same name which also contains a duet with Cohen on a longer version of Joan of Arc.

On the soundtrack album Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man The Handsome Family interprets the same song whilst Tori Amos performs it on Tower of Song:The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Famous Blue Raincoat is very popular as Judy Collins included it on her Cohen tribute album along with Dress Rehearsal Rag and Joan of Arc. And on the appealing 1991 tribute I'm Your Fan, there is a French version of Avalanche by Jean-Louis Murat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bonder on March 17 2010
Format: Audio CD
All of Leonard Cohen's early albums are truly masterpieces unto themselves, and a few of his later releases are also contenders. I would unabashedly endorse "Songs of Leonard Cohen", "Songs from a Room", "New Skin for the Old Ceremony", and this album, quite possibly the finest of them all. Each of these albums features a perfect combination of rich and poetic lyrics, understated and masterful musical accompaniment, and excellent production values (now highlighted by an excellent remastering).

"Songs of Love and Hate" is definitely the darkest of the aforementioned albums, which means it is not to be played casually, and that one must be in the right mood to give it their whole-hearted attention. When these circumstances arise, this album can be totally devastating and have a hold on the listener like few others ever do.

The lyrics continue to reveal new levels of depth and detail with each listening, proving that there was good reason for Cohen to be a successful poet/author prior to his music career. One would be hard pressed to find such literate and affecting lyrics elsewhere within the lexicon of "popular music".

As mentioned before, the accompanying music ebbs and flows in all the right places: It is at times stark and spare, but also adds flourishes and character to the lyrics at all the right times. There is also a unique stylistic variety to the music, from the chamber strings of "Avalanche", to the reggae feel of "Diamonds in the Mine", to the Cabaret torch song style of "Sing Another Song Boys". Special mention must be made of female background singers: Cohen is not the most accomplished technical singer, but conveys his lyrics and the mood behind them very well.
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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 13 2010
Format: LP Record
It seems Cohen himself is not too fond of these songs; for the collection Essential Leonard Cohen, he selected only one track from this album, Famous Blue Raincoat. Other singers seem to appreciate it more, including Jennifer Warnes who covers Famous Blue Raincoat on her album of the same name which also contains a duet with Cohen on a longer version of Joan of Arc.

The Handsome Family interprets the same song on the soundtrack album Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man whilst Tori Amos performs it on Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Famous Blue Raincoat is a great favorite, as Judy Collins included it on her Cohen tribute album along with Dress Rehearsal Rag and Joan of Arc. And on the appealing 1991 tribute I'm Your Fan, there is a French version of Avalanche by Jean-Louis Murat.

Sing Another Song Boys is Cohen at his bitter best, its harsh chorus atypical of the image of the poetic folkie but pointing to later songs like Lover Lover Lover on 1974's New Skin for the Old Ceremony.
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