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

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
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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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This two-disc retrospective traces the Canadian bard's musical maturity from poet and novelist who sang a little to multidimensional artist whose oracular vocals and increasingly rich arrangements are every bit as compelling as his verse. Even when Cohen came to prominence through the 1960s songcraft of "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," the "folksinger" tag never really fit. Later highlights ranging from the deadpan drollery of "Tower of Song" and "Everybody Knows" to the apocalyptic anthemry of "First We Take Manhattan" and "Democracy" suggest that other labels might be more appropriate: cabaret surrealist, spiritual gadfly, sensual prophet, agent provocateur. Cohen chose the selections, drawing more than half of the 31 tracks from three landmark albums--his 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1988's I'm Your Man, and 1992's The Future--along with four from 2001's Ten New Songs. The collection justifies its title as deep as it goes, though it's a shame that Cohen's commercial profile couldn't justify the more elaborate box set his artistry warrants (one that would at least include lyrics and musician credits). Those who sample the consistently inspired music here might come to the conclusion that everything Cohen records is essential. --Don McLeese

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Suitable Primer 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Leonard Cohen 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Non-essential Leonard Cohen 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Enhanced by a 3rd disc 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). This album's masterpieces like Joan Of Arc and Diamonds In The Mine, amongst my favorites, have been omitted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 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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4.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 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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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Leonard Cohen, you will like this Jan. 18 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
My husband and I continue to enjoy this CD. We listen to it regularly. What an interesting voice. The songs are also very easy to listen to and to learn the words.
Published 23 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great just great
If you want a quick shot of the progression of his songs and performance this is a terrific album to get.
Published on Sept. 21 2010 by Awesomeo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Leonard Cohen
Bought this for hubby's birthday and I knew nothing of this artist. Reviewed other comments and picked this DVD. He loves it and I also like it. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2010 by blumergal
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money
This collection is a waste of money - I would not recommend it to anyone.
Published on May 9 2010 by D. E. Pecican
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD set!
I bought this CD set blindly - didn't know much about it or Leonard Cohen except for a couple of songs. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2009 by MamaMia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Leonard Cohen [LIMITED EDITION] [ORIGINAL RECO
The Essential Leonard Cohen [LIMITED EDITION] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]~ Leonard Cohen is an amazing collection of cohens awesome tallent for lyric writing and his scrappy... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by B. Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars cheatin' and stuff
Leonard Cohen is the one man I would cheat on my husband with. Yes, ma'am.
Published on May 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Potrait of An Artist As Both A Sage and Sinner
The beauty of Leonard Cohen is he has always followed his own eccentric path and I see no duality between Cohen, the young romantic rake who ages into the embittered sensualist. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Gavin B.
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