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I'm Your Man [Vinyl Classics Series] [Limited Edition]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002L30C2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  Accessory  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Populist Cohen 12 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've heard that this is Leonard Cohen's own favourite among his albums; this would seem to be proved by the fact that his self-selected 'Essential' compilation features all but two songs from here.

Maybe it's a case of gratitude? This was the album that brought him back out of the cold, giving him his highest charting album in many years and pushing his back catalogue onto the charts around the world. Many of the songs have become a latterday classics....but many older fans will baulk at the gleaming, synethised arrangements, some of which now sound very dated indeed.

Not to worry, though: simply programme them out in your head. There's too much fine songwriting here to pass this one over just because you don't like the production. The only possible mis-step on here is 'Jazz Police' - or maybe this is just a private joke, a bit like 'Diamonds In The Mine'?

Whatever you think, this is an essential acquisition if you're any kind of fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Today's Greatest Poets 20 Sep 2012
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As far as I am concerned Leonard Cohen is one of the greatest poets, living today.
I find his work uplifting, rhythmic, soothing and enlightening. Of course I cannot pretend to know Cohen's meaning behind many of his songs, that does not matter at all. Like with all great poetry, I rely on my own interpretation.
This CD is particularly ingenious.
Let me refer to a few of the songs on this compilation. It rings a real chord with me in this postmodern age, where it is so difficult to make sense of a world that seems to have become an Orwellian nightmare gone real.

First We Take Manhattan: deals with a man's frustration with being unable to make a difference in an uncaring, immoral society, and a dream of conquering the world to set things right. Of course it speaks of influence through music, a love that Leonard Cohen and me share. Leonard Cohen, although not an observant Jew, is quite obviously very conscious of his Jewish heritage. Take this line:
"I'd really like to live beside you baby, I love your body and your spirit and your clothes,. But you see that line moving through the station? I told you I was one of those'. This is particularly relevant at a time when hatred of Jews and Israel is greater in the world, than anytime since World War II
He generally takes a swipe at the shallowness of the world:
'I don't like your fashion business, mister. I don't like those drugs that keep you thin.'

Ain't no Cure For Love: A beautiful and passionate love ballad .His love songs have a profound and passionate depth and are nothing like 'those silly love songs' referred to in a song by Paul McCartney.

Everybody Knows: A strong indictment of the horrible predicament that the world finds itself in today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen More Than Once 16 Feb 2005
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I'm Your Man is an excellent album. Even though some of the music may seen dated, the lyrics still talk alot further. I first heard this album aged six in 1989, my parents dissaproved of my liking to it even though they were Leonard Cohen fans since the sixties. I rediscovered the album about ten years later and I realised why I was a bit too young for this album because of its lyrics I still like it. Its an album I listen to again and again. The songs on it have been covered many times including a brilliant version of "I cant forget" by The Pixies.
Truly inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lorca and more 30 Nov 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The singalong melodies of "Manhattan", "Aint No Cure" and "Everybody Knows" contrast well with Cohen's trademark preoccupation with romantic despair and judeo-christian imagery as in: "It's written in the scriptures, it's written there in blood ..." or "everybody's got this broken feeling/Like their father or their dog just died." John Bilezikjian's oud adds a special dimension to "Everybody Knows." The elegant "Take This Waltz" is a lilting song that brings the Vienna of Federico G. Lorca to life in a series of vivid images underpinned by a fervent longing for the beloved. The brilliant arrangement is enhanced by Raffi Hakopian's violin and the voice of Jennifer Warnes. The wistful "I Can't Forget" has been covered by The Pixies, while "Tower of Song" has been interpreted by artists as diverse as Marianne Faithfull, Robert Forster and Nick Cave and lent its title to the 1995 tribute album. I'm not crazy about either the experimental "Jazz Police" or the title track, but I am evidently wrong since "I'm Your Man" has been covered by Elton John and Bill Pritchard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cohen: Man For All Seasons 11 Aug 2007
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There really are not words enough to describe the sweep and grandeur of Leonard's 1988 masterpiece. Age cannot wither, nor custom stale its infinite variety. There are many common misperceptions of Mr.Cohen, but none more frustrating to a lifelong fan than that of suicidal, morbid folk-singer. My own personal vision is of the ultimate caberet crooner, the last-dance, last-chance, end-of-the-night performer, dispensing gems of wisdom sometimes with an urbane humour, but always with love and a song in his heart: a mixture of Aznavour, Brel, and Noel Coward, with a little Brecht thrown in for good measure. This album answers perfectly that call, most seductively and gorgeously in LC's reading of Lorca's 'Little Viennese Waltz' (here recast as TAKE THIS WALTZ): "There's a concert hall in Vienna/ Where your mouth had a thousand reviews/ There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking/ They've been sentenced to death by the blues/ Ah! but who is it climbs to your picture/ With a garland of freshly-cut tears?/ Ay! Ay ay ay!/ Take this waltz/ Take this waltz/ Take this waltz, it's been dying for years." Monumental and crumbling, like Vienna itself, evoking grand balls of old, laughter, dancing, now fading with time like the Venice Byron and Shelley discovered. Make no mistake, this is writing of a grand scale, and anyone with a knowledge of Lorca's poetry will know how much fresh material Cohen has rendered from the original. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of his best
Published 15 days ago by city6161
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M YOUR MAN LEONARD COHEN
A beautiful album. We'll Take Manhatten is up there with Suzanne. Brilliant.
Published 27 days ago by Hannington Flair
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening
Great if you are a Leonard Cohen fan
Published 1 month ago by MS ANN BRADON
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
Love every song - great lyrics as always from Leonard and almost 'upbeat' for him! Had it about a month and listen to it every day - especially in the car. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Yolanda clewlow
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm your man by Leonard Cohen
Bought this for my husband as he loved a particular song on the album. We were not disappointed. Lovely album. Cannot believe I actually like all of the songs.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Ann Jane Woodham
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard at his best.
In my opinion this is Leonard Cohen's greatest album, if you like his music
you'll love this album, it's brilliant.
Published 14 months ago by Graham R.
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
I gave this as a gift, the person was very happy with it. Personally, I prefer some of Cohen's "older" material, this album hasn't got the raunchy darkness you might be... Read more
Published 14 months ago by U
4.0 out of 5 stars Da man!
Leonard is definitely the man! His man, my man, a man's man, a lady's man, and, of course, your man!
Published 18 months ago by Philip Church
5.0 out of 5 stars He truly is....anytime
This CD is just what the title says. I like all the songs and Leonard sings them with so much of passion and feelings. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen at the top of his game
An outstanding album by Leonard Cohen. Great arrangements, wonderful lyrics as always and underscored by a wry humour. Read more
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