Field Commander Cohen - 1979 Tour CD
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With the tenth anniversary of Cohen's last studio album--1992's The Future--rapidly approaching, Columbia Records can be perhaps be forgiven for continuing to mine the master tapes of his old live performances. The songs here are collected from two 1979 concerts at London's Hammersmith Odeon and Brighton's Dome Theatre. At that time, Cohen was touring in the wake of his Phil-Spector-produced Death Of A Ladies Man album and was, to judge by the performances collected here, on fine form. His voice had not quite plummeted to the crockery-rattling depths captured on I'm Your Man (indeed, on "Memories", he positively yelps), and the backing band, including Jennifer Warnes on backing vocals, are terrific throughout. The songs, of course, are impeccable, including "Lover Lover Lover", "Bird On A Wire", "So Long, Marianne" and "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye". --Andrew Mueller
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Most of the tracks come from Recent Songs (1979) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974) whilst Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) is represented by three songs, Songs from a Room (1968) by Bird on a Wire and the controversial Death of a Ladies' Man (1978) by Memories. Some of these live versions have more depth, flow and sensitivity than the original studio recordings, especially those from New Skin.
One of those is the title track which has a segment of the old song Rum & Coka-Cola made famous by the Andrews Sisters, which adds a touch of humor. The masterpiece The Window, one of Cohen's most exquisitely esoteric songs with its arresting symbolism, also takes on a new dimension here. The backing vocals & the violin playing of Hakopian are sublime and Leonard deservedly acknowledges him at the end. This version is different, not better, than the original on Recent Songs.Read more ›
One of those is the title track which has a segment of the old song Rum & Coka-Cola made famous by the Andrews Sisters, which adds a touch of humor. The masterpiece The Window, one of Cohen's most exquisitely esoteric songs with its lofty symbolism, also takes on a new dimension here. The backing vocals & the violin playing of Hakopian are sublime and Leonard deservedly acknowledges him at the end. This version is quite different from the original on Recent Songs. The tender slow tracks The Smokey Life & The Gypsy's Wife follow, the last rendered especially beautiful by the lute. I prefer this interpretation of Lover Lover Lover over the ...Read more ›