7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
All the famous songs on one CD. Hauntingly beautiful.,
This review is from: The Essential Leonard Cohen (Audio CD)
If you love Leonard Cohen's songs, don't have any of his CDs, and hesitate before buying one, go no further and buy this one. It has all his famous songs and Leonard's "golden voice" sounds at its very best.
If you want to know what the songs have become, 30 or 40 years later, on a big stage, with lots of wonderful musicians, buy the CD "Live in London". I feel the two CDs sort of complete each other but on the whole, you get more songs on "The Essential Leonard Cohen". On top of 20 well-known songs found on both CDs, "The Essential Leonard Cohen" will also give you "The Partisan", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Chelsea Hotel", "Take this longing", " The Guests", "Alexandra leaving", "Night comes on", "Waiting for the Miracle", "Love itself" (but no "Boogie street", no "Gypy's wife" and no "I tried to leave you"). All in all? 31 songs you will appreciate and love to listen and listen over and over again (I do and you might get under the spell too)
If you are new to Leonard Cohen's songs, this CD is without any doubt the one for you to buy. It will certainly give you "the essential".
If I only had to have ONE CD with the great Mr Cohen's songs, this would definitely be "the one" I would possess and cherish.
Hope this will help you to make up your mind.