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The Essential Leonard Cohen (Rm) (2CD) Limited Edition, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 22 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00006NSH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suzanne
2. The Stranger Song
3. Sisters of Mercy
4. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbyen
5. So Long, Marianne
6. Bird On A Wire
7. The Partisan
8. Famous Blue Raincoat
9. Chelsea Hotel #2
10. Take This Longing
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ain't No Cure For Love
2. Take This Waltz
3. First We Take Manhatten
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love (Live)
5. The Future
6. Democacy
7. Waiting for the Miracle
8. Closing Time
9. Anthem
10. In My Secret Life
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding on March 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
The name Leonard Cohen first came to my attention way back in the day when Suzanne was released. It was a fairly popular and much-covered song, but it never occurred to me to actually buy the album. I was into much musically heavier things at the time and so my awareness of Cohen gradually receded into distant memory.
Nowadays, my musical interests are much wider and my pockets deeper, so I took a chance on Cohen's CD Ten New Songs when it was released several years ago. It took a while to get into, but I liked some of the songs immediately. My rule with music is that if I like a CD I've purchased by an unfamiliar artist, I buy something else by that artist also in order to give myself a broader enjoyment and understanding of their work. And so it went with Cohen. I picked up several more CDs and liked them enough to feel confident that I would be pleased with The Essential Leonard Cohen.
I have read all the reviews posted here, both positive and negative, and observe that its a given with any compilation that one will always feel that some songs were included that shouldn't have been and some obvious winners omitted. My candidate for ejection is Alexandra Leaving. I would have much preferred to see Boogie Street included or possibly Joan of Arc in its stead.
I think the CD is nicely divided into two periods because as several reviewers have noted, Cohen seems to have two voices. A lot of songs on the first CD one might classify as neo-folk, for lack of a better term. On this, I like Suzanne, The Partisan, Hallelujah, and I'm Your Man best.
On the second CD, the music is more in the direction of soul tinged rock with the occasional nod to country. And Cohen's deepening voice on the second CD imbues the music with more mystery and even occasional menace.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julia Rader on Jan. 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a must for any Leonard Cohen complete-ist's collection! I have every CD he's ever put out and yet I find myself frequently choosing this set in order to conveniently listen to favorites from a variety of Leonard's previous CDs. A fabulous collection from an amazing artist!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Grant on Nov. 13 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have every album Leonard Cohen ever recorded, and think that he is a brilliant but somewhat uneven composer. This collection should have contained his absolute best material, to introduce non-fans to the full range ofg his talent. Yet, there are several negligible songs included here, while some of his best known and most beloved are omitted. Where are Joan of Arc and So Long Marianne, or the trenchant Field Commander Cohen, the brilliant Dress Rehearsal Rag and the mesmerising Iodine?
Still, you have to start someplace I guess. If I were you, I'd start at the beginning and work my way through, but if you have no Leonard Cohen in your collecyion, this will do, I guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 23 2008
Format: Audio CD
This 3.0 edition with its third disc is a magnificent retrospective. The first two discs draw heavily on Cohen's legendary earlier work like Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (Disc One, Tracks 1 to 11), and on later albums like Various Positions, I'm Your Man, The Future and Ten New Songs. The live albums are not represented at all, a great pity in the case of Live Songs of which Passing Through and Please Don't Pass Me By are particularly rare & unknown.

No doubt it deserves five stars - particularly since the artist himself made this selection - but I do miss some favorites, like the graceful The Window from Recent Songs (1979), Heart With No Companion from Various Positions (1985), which in my opinion would have been a better choice than Hallelujah (compare John Cale's great cover of this song on the I'm Your Fan tribute album) and Take This Waltz from I'm Your Man (1988).

I completely agree with the choice of tracks from The Future and Ten New Songs, especially the magnificent Alexandra Leaving, now joined by The Rivers Dark on the 3rd disc. Famous Blue Raincoat is joined by Love Calls You By Your Name to represent Songs of Love and Hate (1971).
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By ron mcleod on Jan. 18 2014
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One of the best 2 CD sets I've ever purchased. Keep one set up to go in each CD player in my bedroom to be ready to replay on demand.
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By Randy Apps on June 11 2013
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I loved it, Leonard Cohen is one of Canada's true tresures, and I will never tire of listening to him and his music.
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By Keith Nash on May 4 2013
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Hard to say anything bad about this man. He is truly one of a kind. A writer and a performer. Saw a tv clip once of Prince Charles talking about Cohen and that is high praise from high up!
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A lot of oldies on here that I have not heard for a long time. Some that I know better covered by other artists and nice to hear his take on them.
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