The Essential Leonard Cohen (2CD)

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The Essential Leonard Cohen (2CD)

Release date: 10/22/2002

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Track Listings

Disc 1 (of 2)

1. Listen Suzanne
2. Listen Stranger Song
3. Listen Sisters of Mercy
4. Listen Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye
5. Listen So Long Marianne
6. Listen Bird on a Wire
7. Listen Partisan
8. Listen Famous Blue Raincoat
9. Listen Chelsea Hotel No. 2
10. Listen Take This Longing
11. Listen Who by Fire
12. Listen Guests
13. Listen Hallelujah
14. Listen If It Be Your Will
15. Listen Night Comes On
16. Listen I'm Your Man
17. Listen Everybody Knows
18. Listen Tower of Song

Disc 2 (of 2)

1. Listen Ain't No Cure for Love
2. Listen Take This Waltz
3. Listen First We Take Manhattan
4. Listen Dance Me to the End of Love (Live)
5. Listen Future
6. Listen Democracy
7. Listen Waiting for the Miracle
8. Listen Closing Time
9. Listen Anthem
10. Listen In My Secret Life
11. Listen Alexandra Leaving
12. Listen Thousand Kisses Deep
13. Listen Love Itself

About the Album

The tracks on this two-CD, 31-song anthology, spanning Cohen's career from his 1967 debut album through 2002's Ten New Songs, were chosen by Cohen himself. It could thus be regarded as an accurate mirror of how Cohen sees his own career path and catalog highlights. And there are many of the songs you would expect from any decent Cohen retrospective: "Suzanne," "Sisters of Mercy," "So Long Marianne," "Bird on a Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat," and "I'm You're Man," for instance. Still, the balance and selection isn't ideal. There's just one song ("Famous Blue Raincoat") from Songs of Love and Hate, and no songs at all from Death of a Ladies Man. Cohen's 1988-2002 period is arguably overrepresented, with about half of the package's tunes dating from that era. And because his later period is so prominently featured, most listeners won't be able to get around the fact that his voice declined in expressive range in the later years, and his material was less striking than his best early songs. Still, for those who've enjoyed Cohen all along, it's a good dose of much of his better work, and certainly doesn't skimp on the running time, with each of the discs lasting 78 minutes. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Artist: Leonard Cohen
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.42 x 4.25 x 5.25
Walmart No.: 0069699868842
UPC: 0069699868842

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Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful music and great value 10/21/2012
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