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The Collection [Box set]

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 (28 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0018C1DPU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Songs Of Leonard Cohen (no bonus tracks) (1968)
2. Various Positions (1984)
3. I'm Your Man (1988)
4. The Future (1992)
5. Ten New Songs (2001)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard boxed 7 Sep 2008
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The lilting poetry of Suzanne lures the listener into Cohen' world of romantic despair on his debut Songs Of LC while introducing the essence of his sound: a deep monotone framed by sublime female backing vocals over simple but engaging melodies. Master Song, Winter Lady and Stranger Song reinforce the desolate landscape although the melodies are less immediate. Cohen's genius shines brightly on the immortal Sisters Of Mercy, a strange mixture of the spiritual and the sensual that must be one of the most beautiful musical poems in the English language.

This delicate gem is followed by the powerful and evocative So Long Marianne and the understated Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye, both masterpieces of words, melody and arrangement - the female vocals on Goodbye is especially impressive. One Us Cannot Be Wrong addresses the beloved in a series of strange images before moving on to melodic whistling and ending with bitter shouted la la lahs. For those interested in other artists' take on Cohen: Suzanne has been beautifully covered by inter alia Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy and Geoffrey Oryema: I'm Your Fan.

This 1984 album Various Positions, the last of Cohen's folk masterpieces and one subtly spiced with country, never grows stale due to the intricacy of its arrangements while perennially revealing deeper layers of metaphysical & symbolic significance. Cohen's gift of melody & rhythm finds buoyant expression in Dance Me to the End Of Love which may sound catchy like a simple pop tune but if one pays attention multiple meanings & possibilities emerge.
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Leonard Cohen really is a giant of 20th century music. He has produced album after album of consistently great music, with deep lyrics and a thoughtful feel. He has made many albums, five of which are collected together here.

The five albums are 1968s `Songs Of Leonard Cohen', 1984s `Various Positions', 1988s `I'm Your Man', 1992s `The Future' and 2001s `Ten New Songs'. These are a good choices, reasonably evenly spaced out across is career and pick out some of the highlights.

If you're reading here you're probably already familiar with the music, so I shall review the product. The five albums are presented on five discs in card slipcases, all collected into a sturdy card outer. The original album art is recreated and there is a short booklet with the basic recording details and credits. There are no extras or bonus tracks. A basic, budget release, but packed so full of great music that the lack of any distracting extras does not make a difference.

This is a great set, a great way to get hold of several classic albums in one go. Ideal for those who want a bit more than a simple best of collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music 25 July 2013
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I am not a keen collector of music but thought I would get this collection. In comparison it was very good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must! 17 Oct 2011
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An individualist who will never be matched on the music scene. Heard Cohen before? Then buy to have a spare set of CD's in the car. New to Cohen? Then buy to see what you have been missing. By the way, if you fall into the later category then where have you been - you have missed a HELL of a lot!)
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