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  • Audio CD (7 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000OPO6WY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Bird On a Wire
3. Famous Blue Raincoat
4. Joan Of Arc
5. Ain't No Cure For Love
6. Coming Back To You
7. Song Of Bernadette
8. A Singer Must Die
9. Came Do Far For Beauty
10. The Night Comes On
11. Ballad Of the Runaway Horse
12. If It Be Your Will
13. Joan Of Arc

Product Description

Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album was released at a time when Cohen was almost forgotten, about seven years before the tribute albums "I'm Your Fan" and "Tower Of Song" would spur renewed interest in his oeuvre. Warnes' interpretations are always graceful and moving. She understands Cohen's music well, having done backing vocals on some of his albums like "Various Positions," and she covers his songs with loving dedication. My favorites include "Aint No Cure" (from Cohen's I'm Your Man), Coming Back To You (from Various Positions), Came So Far For Beauty (from Recent Songs) and of course the formidable Joan Of Arc where Cohen himself sings some of the verses. Her voice is the perfect vehicle for his poetic lyrics of romantic longing and despair, and my only complaint is that I would have loved to hear her interpretations of Suzanne and Sisters Of Mercy too.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful collection of Leonard Cohen songs. All the tracks, unusually, are works of art, there are no fillers here. From the intro of "First we take Manhattan", a completely different version of the original, to the end of "came so far for beauty", the album is captivating. The production is superb and can really challenge a decent hi-fi system. The vocals are natural and come out of an eery black silence. Jennifer is beautiful singer and deserves more recognition. "song for Bernadette" is a seminal moment, don't hurry this album, savour it. Cameos from Leonard himself and Stevie Ray make this album a must.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dicko on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Leonard Cohen writes quite the most beautiful lyrics and music which are more poetry, but unfortunately for me at least always delivers them in a most melancoly monotone style himself which I don't always want. Jennifer Warnes has transformed these songs with bright and musical arrangements, fantastic delivery, expression and her unique wonderful voice and brings them to life.
If you have always wondered what all the fuss was about with Leonard Cohen, this is the introduction you are looking for, perhaps before taking the plunge and going hard core with one of the masters own albums.
Simply superb.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Radiophonic Fretless on 14 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Jennifer Warnes' take of "First we take Manhatten" on a promotional CD from one of the World's leading microphone manufacturers, whose mics had been used to capture the incredibly tight drum sound on this album. It's a spectacular recording which compliments, rather than detracting from, a set of superb musical performances.

Cohen himself is reported to have listened to some of the instrumental takes, before Warnes added her voice, and to have been incredulous that it would work. Apparently he was later rather stunned by the result. He sings in duet with Warnes on "Joan of Arc".

Altogether an excellent interpretation of Cohen's work, a superb range of musical styles, and a CD for the Hi-Fi Buff to die for. In fact, that's the only real caveat - it sounds SO good on decent equipment, that it may lead the buyer down the hi-fi upgrade path!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Willard on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the Leonard Cohen album for people who've never heard the originals. Of course Jennifer Warnes is a far better `singer' than Cohen but there's a few on here which would have a true Cohenite twitching (`First We Take Manhattan' is, if you've heard the original, something of a travesty).

But - but - but the title track is beautiful, absolutely stunning; the old boy turns up himself to add gravitas to `Joan Of Arc' and Warnes really does have a fabulous voice and the arrangements are, for the most part, really rather good.

Ok, ok I didn't want to like it - I was going to get all snotty about it - but, gulp!, I can't help it. I like the damn thing
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This original album was released at a time when Cohen was almost forgotten, about seven years before tribute albums like the breathtaking I'm Your Fan and the rather tepid Tower Of Song would spur renewed interest in his work. Warnes' interpretations are always graceful and moving. She understands Cohen's music well, having done backing vocals on albums like Various Positions so she interprets his songs with loving dedication.

My favorites include Aint No Cure For Love from Cohen's I'm Your Man, Coming Back To You and Night Comes On from Various Positions, Came So Far For Beauty and Ballad Of The Runaway Horse from Recent Songs and of course the formidable Joan Of Arc where Cohen himself sings some of the verses. The title track stands out with its smoky sax and desolate ambience whilst the live version of Joan Of Arc really fires on all fours.

Warnes' voice is the perfect vehicle for Cohen's poetic lyrics of romantic longing and resigned despair. The new tracks are superb. She slightly adapted the lyric of Night Comes On to a female perspective, and Ballad Of The Runaway Horse becomes a long excursion with a complex arrangement and a display of great virtuosity in the instrumentation which includes viola and cello.

If It Be Your Will is a straightforward rendition close to the original, and the album ends on a spectacular note with the live version of Joan Of Arc which was recorded in Antwerp in 1992 and includes the Novecento Orchestra and two choirs: Het West Brabants Operakoor and De Tweede Adem, in addition to her regular backing musicians.
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