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Songs Of

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
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1. Suzanne
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3. Winter Lady
4. The Stranger Song
5. Sisters Of Mercy
6. So Long, Marianne
7. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
8. Stories Of The Street
9. Teachers
10. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

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Already established as a poet and novelist by the time of his 1968 debut, Leonard Cohen also proved himself to be a remarkable songwriter, if an acquired taste as a singer. The slow, dirge-like pace of many of the pieces only serves to highlight the lyrics, and the literate words of "Suzanne," "Sisters of Mercy," "Master Song," and others have withstood critical scrutiny for three decades. Relationships, and their aftermath, are the preoccupations of a record that has justifiably achieved classic status and influenced any number of performers, from Nick Cave to Tom Waits. John Simon's orchestrations help frame the pieces with loving, mournful strings. In its era, when music was electric and vibrant, it sounded completely out of step. But the passage of years has proved that, more than anything, Songs of Leonard Cohen is timeless. --Chris Nickson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs to send shivers March 17 2010
Format:Audio CD
2 reviews!?! I'd like to think the lack of reviews for this album merely indicates the difficulty of expressing in words the profound impact of these songs, a task perhaps only fit for the wordsmith Mr. Cohen himself. This album touches a sensitive nerve with me every time I listen to it, and it's one of the few that can reduce me to tears again and again. Not only does it strike a chord with me again and again, but it somehow manages to escalate in impact and profundity with each listen as the mysteries contained within reveal themselves gradually. Perhaps not everyone will feel this way, but there's something about Cohen's ability to convey very complex feelings and human conundrums through abstract yet direct poetics, and sparse but exacting musical backing which cuts me to the quick.

While Cohen has had a consistently strong career, always creating excellent material of a standard other artists would be lucky to even come close to, this first album is arguably his strongest. Each album is strong in its own way, and comparing them misses the point, but this album manages to move me more than any of the others (Songs of Love and Hate and Songs From a Room come close). This may just be personal bias or preference, this being my introduction to Mr. Cohen, and having heard it at a time and place that left me open to its devastating impact. But I challenge anyone to listen with an open mind to "One of us cannot be wrong" and defy them to keep from shivering or all out weeping. Listen to "Sisters of mercy" and you can't deny being buoyed by its sense of sensual deification and grace. Listen to "The stranger song" and try not to be intrigued by the mysteries like "...a highway, curling just like smoke above his shoulder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product Sept. 20 2012
By RykyCyr
Format:LP Record
Exactly what you'd expect, just like an original pressing, only new. The album to listen to if you want to know Leonard Cohen, the first one sets the tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen at his finest June 6 2012
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This is Leonard Cohen's first solo release, and is arguably his finest. Although some of his later releases contained more developed music, it is the simplicity of this album that makes it essential. Some may argue that Leonard Cohen topped this album with his late 1980's work such as I'm Your Man, Although those songs on those albums are very excellent, this is his best overall album. I would recommend this to any fan of Neil Young or Bob Dylan, or anyone who liked Leonard Cohen's later work. My favorite song is So Long, Marianne, but the most famous song on this album is probably Suzanne. It is the perfect combination of lyrics and music that make this worthwhile, so pick it up soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful debut album April 13 2010
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:LP Record
This is the legendary debut. The lilting poetry of Suzanne lures the listener into Cohen's world of spiritual and romantic yearning while introducing the essence of his sound: a deep monotone framed by sublime female backing vocals over simple but engaging melodies.

Master Song, Winter Lady and Stranger Song reinforce the desolate landscape although the melodies are less immediate. Cohen's genius shines brightly on the immortal Sisters Of Mercy, a strange mixture of the devotional and the sensual that must be one of the most beautiful musical poems in the English language.

This delicate gem is followed by the powerful and evocative So Long Marianne and the understated Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye, both masterpieces of words, melody and arrangement - the female vocals on Goodbye are especially impressive.

Stories of the Street appears as a poem in one of Cohen's 1960s poetry books: Selected Poems 1956-1968 and deals with a visit to Havana during or just after the revolution. Interesting fact: The line "some girls wander by mistake" from Teachers was later used as an album title by the goth band Sisters Of Mercy: Some Girls Wander By Mistake

One Us Cannot Be Wrong addresses the beloved in a series of strange images before moving on to melodic whistling and ending with bitter shouted la la lahs. For those interested in other artists' take on Cohen: Suzanne has been beautifully covered by inter alia Judy Collins
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Debut Album July 2 2008
Format:Audio CD
Flawless. Perfect. Awesome. Not a bad song. Lyrically brilliant. Cold, despairing, warm, optimistic and deep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original masterpiece enhanced May 15 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Cohen's timeless debut has been enhanced by the addition of 2 extra tracks. The lilting poetry of Suzanne lures the listener into his world of romantic despair while introducing the essence of his sound: a deep monotone framed by sublime female backing vocals over simple but engaging melodies.

Master Song, Winter Lady and Stranger Song reinforce the desolate landscape although the melodies are less immediate. Cohen's genius shines brightly on the immortal Sisters Of Mercy, a strange mixture of the spiritual and the sensual that must be one of the most beautiful musical poems in the English language.

This delicate gem is followed by the powerful and evocative So Long Marianne and the understated Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye, both masterpieces of words, melody and arrangement - the female vocals on Goodbye is especially impressive.

Stories of the Street appears as a poem in one of Cohen's 1960s poetry books: Selected Poems 1956-1968 and deals with a visit to Havana during of just after the revolution. Interesting fact: The line "some girls wander by mistake" from Teachers was later used as an album title by the goth band Sisters Of Mercy.

One Us Cannot Be Wrong addresses the beloved in a series of strange images before moving on to melodic whistling and ending with bitter shouted la la lahs. For those interested in other artists' take on Cohen: Suzanne has been beautifully covered by inter alia Judy Collins and Geoffrey Oryema, while Sting and the Chieftains' celtic version of Sisters Of Mercy is available on the Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen tribute album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
The lilting poetry of Suzanne lures the listener into Leonard Cohen's world of romantic despair while introducing the essence of his sound: a deep monotone voice framed by sublime... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2006 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This 1968 album was Cohen's debut and remains one of his finest. The lilting poetry of Suzanne lures the listener into a world of romantic despair while introducing the essence of... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2006 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect recording.
This is a perfect recording, Cohen's best. It's one of the 10 best recordings of the 1960s. This record changed the face of popular music for decades to come. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Larry Ayers
5.0 out of 5 stars A gold standard then, a platinum standard now
I listened to Leonard Cohen when I was in my teens and early twenties. I loved Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and other Cohen songs with some level of appreciation. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Judy Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless
Right now, this is probably my favorite disc. I think everything I really have to say about Cohen has been iterated enough on this page; but I can't recommend it enough. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Tara Jayant
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen's masterpiece
In my opinion, Leonard Cohen is one of the greatest singer-songwritters ever and almost everything he has recorded is gold. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by Damon Navas-Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Wine and Bread
The first album of Leonard Cohen is his best. Moody, mysterious, dark, romantic, and spooky. Yes, spooky. Songs of Leonard Cohen are all of these and more. Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by Levi Stofer
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