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Songs from The Road [Import]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
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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 (2 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B00409HBYU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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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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In 2008 Leonard Cohen embarked on his first tour in 15 years. His itinerary took him to the most prestigious and beautiful venues in virtually every corner of the globe, mesmerizing and charming audiences with performances that were hailed as some of the best of his career. One dozen of Leonard Cohen’s most famous songs from those recent world tour performances are now collected on Songs from the Road.

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still more in the tank 15 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Stars for Leonard's Songs 22 Oct 2010
By Gerrida
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars missing something 28 Aug 2010
By Toby P
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another sublime live album 4 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I had my doubts about this album for two reasons: firstly, it's the second album from esssentially the same live tour. And secondly, the first one "Live in London" was just so good that it had to be impossible to follow. If you've got those doubts too - forget them, and buy this!! It's another superb CD, and with the DVD to boot. There are few duplicate songs from Live in London, and those that are totally justify their inclusion again. The rendition of Suzanne is perfect, and the sheer joy of Closing Time from the closing concert in Canada is worth the money alone! The 'new' songs are just brilliant - just impossible to mention one or two they are all up there with Live in London.

Live in London was a record of a single concert, and that's its strength. This is essentially the highlights of the whole tour; and if you liked that tour, if you like LC, if you like music, you'll love this!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avalanche of Sensitivity 18 Sep 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
Great collection of songs I love, excellent sound quality and all over very happy with this purchase.
Published 6 days ago by Aasrun Engstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
... a legend .. everyone needs Leonard Cohen in their collection .. thanks to the supplier .. brilliant service
Published 1 month ago by jbj
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically, Live in London Part II
...well, not literally but taken from the same ongoing tour and every bit as enjoyable. If you loved the show or the other CD/DVD you'll love this, simple as that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Americana fan
4.0 out of 5 stars sublime
Excellent album. Mostly stuff not on his other live album. Loved it . Especially the mix of his voice and Sharon Robinson and the Webb sisters .
Published 5 months ago by suzi d
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Ah, the wonderful Leonard. These are great performances from his tours and enhance any c.d. collection. The guy is a genius and his songs are brilliant. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Moonshine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to catch up with Mr Cohen?
Time to catch up with Mr Cohen? ...well if you last heard him on an LP in the 70's that is. An excellent selection of the mans catalogue with an decent DVD as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Geoffrey C. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Master on top of his game
I have been a fan of Leonard Cohen since I first heard Bird on a Wire and it is still as good as ever here. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hywel
5.0 out of 5 stars A humble, wonderful, troubadour
If you have "Live in London", you might wonder whether you should be buying this. Don't think for too long - just go and buy it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cloudberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen
This is one of his best and such good value for money as you get a CD and a DVD in the same package and both are brilliant
Published 11 months ago by Dorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better
The deep voice, the great new songs the same ensemble who accompanied him on his 2008 tour-what is there not to like!
Published 12 months ago by teddybear
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