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For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power – he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human ... Read more in Amazon's Leonard Cohen Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment***
  • ASIN: B003VSVWA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel September 24, 2009)
2. Bird On The Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland November 6, 2008)
3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England November 17, 2008)
4. Heart With No Companion (Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany November 2, 2008)
5. That Don t Make It Junk (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
6. Waiting For The Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, California November 13, 2009)
7. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, SwedenOctober 12, 2008)
8. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, EnglandNovember 30, 2008)
9. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland October 10, 2008)
10. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
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Disc: 2
1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel September 24, 2009)
2. Bird On The Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland November 6, 2008)
3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England November 17, 2008)
4. Heart With No Companion (Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany November 2, 2008)
5. That Don t Make It Junk (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
6. Waiting For The Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, California November 13, 2009)
7. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, SwedenOctober 12, 2008)
8. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England November 30, 2008)
9. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland October 10, 2008)
10. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
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BBC Review

The nigh-universally rapturous acclaim that attended Leonard Cohen’s 84-date world tour of 2008-09 was motivated by two things. One was an entirely laudable desire to make some offering of thanks, in the twilight of Cohen’s career, for the work of one of the most intelligent and literate songwriters of any era. The other was a straightforward acknowledgement that Cohen, sauntering assuredly through his mid-70s, appeared to be in the form of his life.

Songs From the Road, packaged as both a CD and a DVD, collects songs from shows on that tour (London’s instantly legendary O2 Arena show of November 13th, 2008, is the only one represented twice, with That Don’t Make It Junk and Famous Blue Raincoat). The DVD especially makes it clear what an astute decision this tour was, Cohen intoning his words from beneath a raffishly tilted trilby, resembling a character from an Edward Hopper painting. His songs have always been ones of experience, and on some of his earlier recordings especially he didn’t sound like he’d grown into them. But the performances here of Chelsea Hotel and Lover, Lover, Lover, delivered with an old man’s gravitas and Cohen’s luxuriantly weather-beaten voice, make it clear just how wise before their time they were.

The only possible quibbles with this are the inevitable ones concerning the tracklisting – the total lack of any selections from his 1988 masterpiece I’m Your Man seems an especially perverse dereliction. In this case, however, to fuss about what isn’t here rather than celebrate what is would amount to ingratitude of almost heroic proportions. This amounts to a terrific testament to – and from – a man whose adroit negotiation of the fine line that separates tragedy from comedy where matters of the heart are concerned has bequeathed a peerless catalogue of warm, funny dispatches from love’s fraught frontiers. And they’ve rarely sounded better than this.

--Andrew Mueller

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90 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Angry bluesman on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I first heard about this album, my reaction was probably the same as yours: 2 live albums from the same tour is milking it a bit.

And then I listened to it: wow.

For starters, most of the material on here is different from that on Live in London. And second, there are some really terrific versions on here, including some surprises. It's great to hear Avalanche again, for example; and the full band version of Chelsea hotel works surprisingly well. Other old favourites such as Lover Lover and the Partisan are really beautifully interpreted, too - there is no going through the motions here: this is a band at the top of its game.

This, then, it not a money-making exercise; but a really carefully compiled and wonderfully performed recording. If you saw the shows or heard Live in London, you know how good Leonard and his band are live. But this album will still surprise and delight you.

The DVD is great, and includes some backstage snippets; but some of Leonard backstage would have been nice.

This is Len's 6th live album by my reckoning, and it's up there with the best.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gerrida on 22 Oct. 2010
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After listening to the album twice I can only give it the highest possible rating. What a privilege to hear this artist in his mid 70's sing his classic songs with such passion, tenderness and in an atmosphere of graciousness, always humble and grateful for the overwhelming love he receives from his audience wherever he performs. Yes, the voice isn't that of thirty years ago, but we have the warmth of his personality, the wisdom of the lyrics, the extraordinary band and female background singers, each song lovingly hand picked from different shows by producer Ed Sanders and cleverly put together to give us this beautiful album.

My favourites are Lover,Lover,Lover, Famous Blue Raincoat and Hallelujah. The inclusion of That Don't Make It Junk and Waiting For The Miracle came as a surprise; I would've loved to hear Alexandra Leaving live. Most songs were performed slightly different from the studio versions, even the lyrics differ from the original, which I find interesting.

All Leonard Cohen fans should own this album together with the DVD to enjoy and to complete their collection. While listening to these well-known, beloved songs and watching him perform, I experienced a feeling of loss, of someone very precious who is now leaving us. Hopefully this is not his last live album; I guess quite a few more could come out of his 247 shows from the past three years.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Toby P on 28 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Have listened to this three or four times now. Slightly disappointing, after Live in London, which was a fantastic record - I think perhaps my main feeling is that the format of taking one song from ten or eleven different concerts doesn't really work for a Cohen live album at this stage in his career, where the cumulative rapport / connection he builds with his audience adds so much to the music. Its like finding a collection of technically accomplished sketches, but lacking a narrative.

Thats not to say that there is nothing worth listening to on this record - the opening track, a slightly slower tempo "Lover Lover Lover" was my highlight; its good to have a studio recorded live version of "Waiting for the Miracle", and "Famous Blue Raincoat" was another obvious high point - but the latest versions of many classics (which already have several live avatars) - Hallelujah, Suzanne, Bird on a Wire - all fell well short of the same songs in London versions, in my opinion.

One other comment, apart from the musician on winds, the band seem to feature less prominently. In particular, while you can still here the strings of the exceptionally talented Javier Mas, they seem to have been mixed more into the background.

Overall, worth buying to add to the collection, but not his best. I haven't seen the DVD, though, thats one caveat.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Edward Barry on 18 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The perfect complement to 'Live in London'

But what makes this album special is two things:

(1) The superb rendition of Avalanche, not on 'Live' or even 'Essential'. This version is my Desert Island Discs selection simply because of the poetic sensitivity this man manages to pack behind a microphone. You just know it's real, you know it happened - the truth,

(2) The crescendo on Hallelujah - Len gathers the audience in slowly then lets them them shout their own joy after one verse. No one dares cover this song from now on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
These 12 tracks from the 2008/2009 world tour were selected for their special qualities as explained by producer Ed Sanders in the sleeve notes. They represent a blend of the familiar - refreshed and rejuvenated by innovative arrangements - and the obscure. The "greatest hits" are Bird On The Wire, Suzanne, Famous Blue Raincoat, Hallelujah, The Partisan and Chelsea Hotel.

The highlights, however, are three lesser known songs, i.e. Heart With No Companion, Lover Lover Lover and Closing Time. Lover Lover Lover's lilting rhythms transform the song far away from the harsh 1973 studio version on New Skin For The Old Ceremony whilst the slightly amended lyrics and jazzy treatment give Bird On The Wire a whole different feel.

From Gothenburg in Sweden, there's an austere, acoustic rendition of Avalanche from Songs Of Love And Hate. The buoyantly performed Heart With No Companion in Oberhausen, Germany, raises gooseflesh with the lines "through the days of shame that coming, through the nights of wild distress". The only outdoor performance is of Hallelujah at a festival in California and the album concludes with a vibrant version of Closing Time in London, Ontario.

No tracks from Dear Heather, I'm Your Man, Recent Songs, or Death of a Ladies' Man are included; live versions of songs from the last two are available on
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