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  • Audio CD (14 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000SSOMT4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Avalanche
2. Last Year's Man
3. Dress Rehearsal Rag
4. Diamonds In The Mine
5. Love Calls You By Your Name
6. Famous Blue Raincoat
7. "Sing Another Song, Boys"
8. Joan Of Arc
9. Dress Rehearsal Rag

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Leonard Cohen Songs Of Love And Hate

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like all Cohen's early albums, Songs Of Love & Hate has grown in stature down the years. Famous Blue Raincoat was beautifully covered by Jennifer Warnes on her album of the same name which also contains a duet with Cohen on a longer version of Joan Of Arc. Sing Another Song Boys is Cohen at his bitter best, its harsh chorus atypical of the image of the subdued folkie but pointing to later songs like Lover Lover Lover on 1974's New Skin For The Old Ceremony.

The fierce and powerful Diamonds In The Mine is in the same vein, where the celestial female vocals are particularly effective in balancing Cohen's raw voice on this tale of stunning imagery. (In retrospect, in tone and delivery these two songs are not too far removed from tracks like Iodine or Paper-Thin Hotel on his much-criticized Phil Spector produced album Death Of A Ladies Man).

Besides those two, the other tracks are typical early Cohen. With astonishing elegance and simplicity, the haunting melodies, poetic lyrics and ragged voice have a way of establishing themselves in the consciousness of the listener. Few other artists touch the strings of the soul in the way that Cohen does. Perhaps Richard Thompson comes close now and again, as do Nick Drake, Lou Reed on Berlin, Nick Cave and definitely Swans and Angels Of Light. Songs Of Love and Hate is another jewel in Cohen's crown of ageless music.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A.S. on 21 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Cohen album I listened to. At first I drowned in the dark, poetic, at times stark mood of this album... and I let myself get carried away. The first song 'Avalanche' rolls forward into a cruel love song replete with beautiful imagery and pulsating metaphors. It only gets better with 'Last Years Man': "And the skylight is like skin for a drum I'll never mend..."

The next few songs set a stark, depressing, obtusely painful, yet somehow fragilely beautiful mood. The last 'Joan of Arc' culminates into one of the most fragile, most painful, exquisitely beautiful song. It is Cohen's poetry at its best.

His voice, brought into stark contrast by the female chorus, is deep, harsh, raw, and pulsating with feeling...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2010
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This album always held a special place in my affections, and 30 years ago I would have given it 5 stars. But then, in those days I practically worshipped Cohen; these days it`s only love.
I wouldn`t give this to a Cohen virgin, as it is his most unrelentingly dark collection of songs. (It was probably this `71 release that gave rise to the absurd & tedious `songs to commit suicide to` comments by endless critics down the years.)
Yet this is no easy listen, certainly compared to any of Len`s other records. It`s also burdened with a couple of well-below-par songs - Diamonds in the Mine, a reggae-ish number one tires of quickly; and Sing Another Song, Boys, a carelessly sung, dirge-like piece which I find almost unlistenable now.
But what it does have is a trio of shatteringly haunting opening tracks, including the underrated Last Year`s Man, a wonderful song. Famous Blue Raincoat should need little introduction, having been lovingly covered by Jennifer Warnes, and being the only song from SOLAH included on the Essential LC double-CD.
Then there`s the closing Joan of Arc (who`s mentioned in Last Year`s Man too - our man must have had `un peu d`une Jeanne d`Arc chose` back then). This is a unique piece of music, unlike anything LC had done or would do again, until recent collaborations with Sharon Robinson which use the spoken word in a superficially similar way.
Ignoring the alternate take of Dress Rehearsal Rag - his bleakest song ever? - which adds nothing to one`s listening pleasure (thank heaven they chose the official take) that makes 6 superb songs out of 8.
Some advice for that Cohen virgin.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 29 Sep 2008
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This is my first Cohen album and it really is magnificent.

Cohen was 36 when it was released and the album has the feeling of an artist who fears his best days may be behind him. This is especially obvious in the lyrics of Last Years Man and Diamonds in the Mine. His voice in almost every song sounds world weary, bitter and angry. It leaves us with one of the best albums I've ever heard.

It takes a number of listens for the beautiful imagery and deep lyrics to lodge themselves in your brain and start to haunt you. Not to mention the beautiful music and arrangements.

It is also a very personal album. It is almost frightening to think that the events described in "Famous Blue Raincoat" actually happened. Cohen certainly sings it like they did.

I find myself unable to tire of listening to this masterpiece. Do yourself a favour and get it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CE on 8 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have many Leonard Cohen CD's and can't believe I missed this one. It is just lovely - haunting, sad, uplifting. Buy it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Feb 2003
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Contrary to popular opinion, Cohen could sound harsh and bitter long before his collaboration with Phil Spector in 1978 that led to the much maligned Death of a Ladies' Man.

Other musician seem to like these songs more than Cohen does; for the collection Essential Leonard Cohen he selected only one track from this album, Famous Blue Raincoat. Among those who highly esteem Songs of Love and Hate is Jennifer Warnes who covers Famous Blue Raincoat on her album of the same name which also contains a duet with Cohen on a longer version of Joan of Arc.

On the soundtrack album Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man The Handsome Family interprets the same song whilst Tori Amos performs it on Tower of Song:The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Famous Blue Raincoat is very popular as Judy Collins included it on her Cohen tribute album along with Dress Rehearsal Rag and Joan of Arc.

And on the appealing 1991 tribute I'm Your Fan, there is a French version of Avalanche by Jean-Louis Murat.
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