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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000058A2R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rum And Coca Cola
  2. Field Commander Cohen
  3. The Window
  4. The Smokey Life
  5. The Gypsy's Wife
  6. Lover Lover Lover
  7. "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"
  8. The Stranger Song
  9. The Guests
  10. Memories
  11. Why Don't You Try
  12. Bird On The Wire
  13. "So Long, Marianne"

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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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Field Commander Cohen takes me back to a cold December night in Glasgow. Although this album was not recorded in Glasgow I was transported to the last time I saw the 'great man' live. If you have never had the good fortune to see Cohen live then this is as near as you can get. The 1979 Tour was basically the 'Recent Songs' tour, but even if you have the studio album you will not be disappointed with this valuable addition to your Cohen collection. Amongst the tracks are some classics like 'Bird on the Wire', 'So Long Marianne' and the excellent 'Stranger Song'. Also hidden away is 'Memories' from Cohen's collaboration with Phil Spector. Can this be "Leonard Cohen singing 'wall of sound'"? well it is and it works! The splended do-wop backing by Jeniffer Warnes & Sharon Robinson makes this track a favourite for a Spector loving Cohen fan like myself.
Steve Egan
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2008
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Recorded live in London & Brighton in December 1979, this wonderful live album was released only in 2000. Cohen's vocals & guitar are supported by the voices of Jennifer Warnes & Sharon Robinson, John Bilezikjian on lute & mandolin, Raffi Hakopian on violin and the band Passenger with bass, keyboards, drums, electric guitar, saxophone & flute. Field Commander is far removed from Live Songs (1974) with its almost unbearably distressing tracks like Please Don't Pass Me By.

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.
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Recorded live in the UK in December 1979, this compelling live album was released only in 2000. Cohen's vocals & guitar are supported by the voices of Jennifer Warnes & Sharon Robinson, John Bilezikjian on oriental lute & mandolin, Raffi Hakopian on violin and the band Passenger with bass, keyboards, drums, electric guitar, saxophone & flute. 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 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
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I was at most of these concerts and hence feel qualified to review this cd.Mr Cohen is an artist who divides listeners into admirers who have listened and detracters who have merely heard.All my adult life I have used and loved these songs.Leonard Cohen writes songs deeper and wider than the majority of content free writers. Theames are universal - the preservation of the self, conflicts at the heart of love , struggles between faith and experience and numerous investigations into beauty , sex and guilt. Heady stuff requiring a literacy and a wildly comic take on the whole glorious mess that is life. Pop pulp this ain't !!!!! This cd comes from a tour to back up Recent Songs- one of Mr Cohen's most structured and musical albums. Together with his producer Henry Lewy Cohen uses members of a Texas fushion band Passanger together with two remarkable European musicians - John Bilezikjian on oud/mandolin and Raffi Hakopian on violin and two exceptional vocalists- Sharon Robinson and Jennifer Warnes to produce a sumptous tapestry of music. Upon this Mr Cohen wraps words of passion , longing and great joy to create an experince where art and life are one. A Cohen concert is such an uplifting experience and here you hear him in the best form ever live. From the strident title song to the tender love in Hey that's no way to say goodbye to the solo acoustic splender of The Stranger Song and the life affirming anthems of Bird on the Wire and Lover Lover Lover Cohen is delivering 100%. The musicians support him with detail and sensitivity. Many happy memories are brought back. If you love songs with words that matter and constructed by a writer with a poets skill and insight look no further . Bravo Mr Cohen we look forward to your next- and thats coming soon.
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