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New Skin for the Old Ceremony

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 18 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000BZNI2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Is This What You Wanted
2. Chelsea Hotel No. 2
3. Lover, Lover, Lover
4. Field Commander Cohen
5. Why Don't You Try
6. There Is a War
7. Singer Must Die
8. I Tried to Leave You
9. Who by Fire
10. Take This Longing
11. Leaving Greensleeves

Product Description

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 1974 album from the Canadian troubadour. Music On Vinyl.


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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 19 2008
Format: Audio CD
New Skin For The Old Ceremony represents the artist's open break with the early folk simplicity of his classic albums Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Songs From A Room and Songs of Love and Hate (on which a harder sound already surfaced on tracks like Diamonds In The Mine). It harnesses a wider array of instruments including trombones, viola, banjo, percussion, mandolin, woodwinds and trumpet. Emily Bindiger, Erin Dickins & co-producer John Lissauer contribute backing vocals.

This fuller instrumentation with a stronger emphasis on bass and drums, together with a less restrained vocal style, make the sound more varied by taking it closer to the rock tradition. Someone used to the flowing melody lines of the early songs will find e.g. Is This What You Wanted harsh and even dissonant. It is clear that this direction culminated in the Phil Spector-produced Death of a Ladies' Man (1978), a nightmare for the artist but beloved by many.

The previous year's live album, Live Songs, display an even greater intensity and raw power on tracks like Please Don't Pass Me By. The themes are the same but the humor is more overt as in Chelsea Hotel, the moving portrait of Janis Joplin. Although the tunes are less striking on gentle numbers like I Tried to Leave You & There is a War, the insight and poetic quality of the lyrics are always arresting.
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Another good selection of music from someone who says what he thinks, no matter who cares.
He's great....and I enjoy everything he puts out.
Milly, Mississauga, Canada
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Listen carefully to Leonard Cohen's words to make your life better. He has a wonderful voice and the most wonderful thoughts of love and life expressed with it.
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