Headed by both Michael Urbaniak (violin) and Bernard Kafka (vocals) it combines the melodic (if not harmonic) sophistication of Novi Singers vocal quartet with a very funky Steve Gadd/Anthony Jackson rhythm section that just keeps pumping up all along the way. Lost treasure, definitely. "Rien Ne Va Plus" (a great original track by Novi Singers) was sampled by Beastie Boys in 1989.
Kinda forgot all about it. And then I got the new "Talking Book", by Macy Grey. And simply loved it. So I got beck to the original, and the feeling of joy was doubled. As a "classic" it does not need my support - to have "Sunshine Of My Life", "Superstitious" and "Big Brother" on one album says it all. But then you get to listen - again and again - to "Blame It On The Sun" or "I Believe" and you realize what you've been missing. Good for you if you haven't. I recommend a back-to-back experience: first Macy, then Stevie. Or the other way around. Any witch way you're for a nirvana-like experience.
Leonard Cohen has always been a mesmerizing performer. But after his "Never Ending Tour" of recent years (with a large band and vocal trio), this sounds thinner. Surely, listening to his own live versions of First We Take Manhattan or The Future is worth the price of this dubious edition. Most of the album comes from an LA concert in 1993. Some of it from "Austin City Limits" show of the same year. And this would be something to have out in its entirety. But for an LC aficionado this is a must. If only for a comparison with his superb recent live recordings like "Live In London".