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Songs Of Love And Hate (Rm) [Original recording remastered]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Dec 3 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think that all collectors and all Leonard Cohen fans must have a copy of Songs of Love and Hate.
I would argue that Cohen is one of the most important poets of our time. These songs are tough and poignant and I defy you to listen to Famous Blue Raincoat without shedding a tear.

In the summer of 2013 the Arts Wells Music Festival (British Columbia Canada) hosted a "Songs of Love and Hate" workshop as part of their Sad Songs program. There wasn't a dry eye in the house so curl up on the couch for a good sniffle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard lives on July 11 2013
By Milly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
He's great...no doubt about it...all of his music is worth listening to...and if you don't want to know how he feels...don't listen. He has no cares or so it seems and just sings it right out. He writes very good songs and so different from anyone else....can't help but love him for being him.
Milly, Mississauga, Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contrary to popular opinion ... Aug. 22 2008
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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.

Sing Another Song Boys is Cohen at his bitter best, its harsh chorus atypical of the of the poetic folkie's 1960s sound, pointing to later songs like Lover Lover Lover on 1974's New Skin for the Old Ceremony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No hate, only love for this album 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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