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Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 [CD+DVD]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B002MSG5UC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Bird on a Wire
3. Intro to So Long, Marianne
4. So Long, Marianne
5. Intro: "Let's renew ourselves now..."
6. You Know Who I Am
7. Intro to Poems
8. Lady Midnight
9. They Locked Up a Man (Poem) / A Person Who Eats Meat / Intro
10. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
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Disc: 2
1. Diamonds In The Mine (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
2. Famous Blue Raincoat (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
3. It's A Large Nation (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
4. Bird On A Wire (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
5. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
6. The Stranger Song (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
7. Tonight Will Be Fine (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
8. They've Surrounded The Island (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
9. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
10. Sing Another Song, Boys (Live at Isle Of Wight Festival, UK)
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Nearly 40 summers ago on August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment – and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career. As Cohen followed Hendrix’s set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood side stage in awe as the Canadian folksinger songwriter- poet-novelist quietly tamed the crowd. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, whose footage of the 1970 festival did not begin to see release until 1995, was able to capture Cohen’s performance. This package is available in two formats. The DVD/CD contains the new documentary by Lerner and the full performance on CD. All tracks are previously unreleased (apart from bits of “Suzanne” which were featured in the documentary Message to Love, also by Lerner). Included are live versions of classic songs from the first two Leonard Cohen LPs: “So Long, Marianne,” “The Stranger Song,” “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” “Suzanne,” “Bird On The Wire,” “You Know Who I Am,” and “The Partisan”, as well as spoken word and poetry.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner has unearthed quite a gem in making this film, featuring Leonard Cohen's mesmerizing Isle of Wight performance from 1970. The 64-minute film deftly weaves modern interviews from relevant performers and associates of Leonard Cohen with the vintage musical performance by Cohen and his band, the affectionately named "Army" comprised of such stalwarts as legendary music producer Bob Johnston.

The audio quality is a sonic revelation, obliterating my expectations for a live multi-track recording from 1970 staged in front of 600,000 fans that had gotten rowdier as the festival progressed. Jimi Hendrix had performed his set before Cohen, with the crowd setting various things on fire like a piano and the scaffolding surrounding the stage. But the music was not to be denied, as Leonard Cohen slowly took the stage after they found a replacement piano and organ.

At 4 a.m. on August 31, 1970, the man introduced to the crowd as "a novelist, a poet, an author, a singer", began his intimate performance that encompassed most of the hits that had earned him acclaim, from "Bird On the Wire" to "Suzanne" and other well-known songs mainly from his first two albums. A nice surprise are the short stories Cohen shares and poem fragments he uses to introduce many of the songs. The crowd, who had booed previous performers like Kris Kristofferson, sat in rapt attention to the mostly acoustic set. My only quibble is that the complete audio performance by Leonard Cohen is not included on the Blu-ray. The CD version includes a couple of songs not shown in the documentary. I have no idea if the footage simply did not exist or was simply left out at the director's discretion.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Memories, Dreams and Reflections - Isle Wight 1970 - DVD/CD 2009.

Me and... Leonard Cohen at Isle of Wight 1970 and 2009

By Peter Solomon 1970 and 2009

I was just two months shy of my seventeenth birthday at 4 am on August 31 1970 and I knew all the words, I was maybe 50 to 75 yards from the stage just outside the overrun VIP and Press enclosure and Leonard Cohen was about to appear on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival.

My older brother Chris was to blame for me being there, for he introduced me to Leonard Cohen, and I had become smitten, I had caught the Leonard Cohen bug big time, which I would be unable to shake off for the rest of my life.

I knew all the songs and all about Marianne, Suzanne and Nancy. And I knew Tonight Will Be Fine, for I had waited 5 days and nights with hardly any sleep, after hitch hiking 250 miles with a friend Johnny Vernon from Manchester in the north of England to be there. I had just slept through most of Jimi Hendrix's set, though disappointed to have missed him, that was unimportant as I had come to see Leonard Cohen, and was slowing moving forward to get as close as possible to the stage.

Looking back now after nearly 40 years it seems like a dream and I have woken up and am watching the DVD of my Dream, compulsively, 3 consecutive times so far and also listened to the whole CD. It's as if time had become dislocated and the warp and woof of reality expanded to include a 40 year Present Moment.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Oct 2009
By Charlus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brilliant performance from one of the few artists who can make singing in front of 600,000 people seem so intimate an occurence. One caveat though, the DVD is NTSC format; it plays OK on your PC, but not on the TV.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Five stars! 22 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
This arrived this morning. I listened to the CD this afternoon, and I've just finished watching the DVD and I'd give it ten stars if I could.
This is just the most phenomenally intense performance I've ever seen, especially "Nancy". It doesn't matter if you've lived with these songs for forty years like I have, or never heard them before, JUST BUY IT, I promise you'll not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 22 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
`Leonard Cohen - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970' is more than just a live concert; it is a piece of social history. He is one of the most charismatic and compelling performers of our time. This combined DVD and CD gives an insight into the angst and confusion of a whole generation and the timeless quality of his songs is illustrated by the success of his much acclaimed world tour, which continues into 2010.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was there and very stoned 22 April 2014
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So it is very reassuring that my memories of the event aren't as flawed as I feared they would be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing performance 19 April 2014
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The setting was the Isle of Wight concert in 1970, in the middle of the night. Kris Kristofferson had been booed off the stage and Leonard Cohen was called from his van, still half asleep. The crowd of thousands were silent as he started to sing and swept the whole crowd along with him through the rest of the night. Amazing and probable never achieved by anybody else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance 12 Jan 2014
By Karl L.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great performance by Cohen and The Army at the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970. The DVD movie, is very good, great sound in both stereo and excellent surround, and a sometimes stunning performance by Cohen and his band, The Army.
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Published 1 month ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic. Played it three times in one evening!!!
Published 1 month ago by DEM
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
this was bought for a friend for a christmas present, it will be well received! Packaging was unbroken-seals intact..came earlier than expected so very pleased thank you
Published 10 months ago by Diane Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting to see Leonard Cohen back in 1970!
Was quite amazed at the quality for the year it was made.
If you like Leonard Cohen this CD is one to add to the archives.
Published 11 months ago by S. J. Lipman
4.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen Live
Excellent stuff - great to step back in time and see/listen to how it was then. Leonard Cohen shone in spite of those circs a we all learned about later
Published 12 months ago by Seagull
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonight will be fine
Like a fellow reviewer I was there that night - I was nineteen to his seventeen. We must have been standing near each other, judging by his description of where he was located on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I love Leonard Cohen's work, and this is an insight into his early skills of how to handle and audience in the anarchic days when groups thought they should have everything for... Read more
Published 15 months ago by burroak
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous concert, fabulous product
Beautifully put together. A great and historic concert, incredibly good value with CD and DVD versions. If you like Leonard, purchase.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. J. L. Tafler
3.0 out of 5 stars Leonard
Nice one squire. No better way to sort out the crowd. keep up the good word. STAY WITH US PLEASE.
Published 21 months ago by A. D. Grey
1.0 out of 5 stars Only Cohen
Cohen apart this is a garbage blu ray. The video is very grainy, the audio just decent.
Sony could avoid advertising "high definition" for this one!
Published on 2 July 2012 by Lucazest
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