Mark S. Edwards

"Plywood Violin"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (59 of 68)
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Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life by Anthony Reynolds
Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life by Anthony Reynolds
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a very focused biography in that it has a lot of detail regarding the regarding the recording sessions, who was present, who did what and apart from the universal impression from everyone that LC was a true gentleman we don't learn very much about LC. Yes, we learn that in year 19xx he travelled to X, Y and Z or played with a list of musicians but these are just facts. We simply don't get much insight in to LC himself.

As a general read it is interesting enough though I think you have to be an LC fan, familiar with his early work rather than a new fan who came to him due to the recent tour, in order to understand the crooked recording and creative path described in this… Read more
Leonard Cohen: Live In London [DVD] [2009] [NTSC] <b>DVD</b> ~ Roscoe Beck
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I've just watched this DVD and it's brought back all the emotion and excitement of the evening itself. Not only is Leonard one of the greatest lyricists of our time but he has surrounded himself with a band of musicians so tight and accomplished that at times watching this you have to pinch yourself to remember that this is a live performance, the quality of music and harmony is astonishing.

For anyone who has seen the tour this is a must have, it brings the whole magical evening back in to your living room undiminished.

From a personal perspective I saw him 5 times on the tour and although brilliant, this was not the best performance I saw. It's a pity that they were… Read more
Leonard Cohen The Last Of The Bohemians [DVD] [NTS&hellip
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Cohen's magnificent tour this year has led many people to revisit his work or find it for the first time. In turn it has also led to a few items like this trying to cash in on the popularity. The sound and visual quality is somewhat poor with some items having been recorded as far back as 1978.

The early numbers are interesting to the genuine fan in that they show Cohen in his original guise of a folk musician with his voice much higher up the register than it is now.

The casual fan will find some recognition in the later numbers the Cohen that we know now and one can see the evolution of the stage performances. But without modern sound and video quality this is… Read more

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