Buy used:
£5.99
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: SENT FROM THE UK - Fast Dispatch - First Class Post - Factory Sealed
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 Import

4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Import, 1 Mar 2008
£5.99
Available from these sellers.
3 used from £5.99

Introducing Prime Live Events - Intimate. Exclusive. Live
Major artists, intimate venues, exclusive to Prime -- Discover more
Introducing Prime Live Events - Intimate. Exclusive. Live
Major artists, intimate venues, exclusive to Prime -- Discover more

Amazon's Leonard Cohen Store


What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts
  • ASIN: B0012GN1L6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Treacle voiced angel of my heart. Bought as a replacement for my worn out original.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
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
Comment 48 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
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.
Read more ›
1 Comment 19 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Released in 2000, this is an album of live performances recorded in the UK in December 1979. LC is supported by the voices of Jennifer Warnes & Sharon Robinson, John Bilezikjian on lute & mandolin, Raffi Hakopian on violin and the band Passenger on bass, keyboards, drums, electric guitar, saxophone & flute. In sound & feel, Field Commander is remote from the 1974 album Live Songs (1974) with its almost unbearable anguish on tracks like Please Don't Pass Me By.

Most of the music derives 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 and subtlety than the studio recordings, especially those from New Skin.

The title track contains a segment of Rum & Coka-Cola, a song made famous by the Andrews Sisters, which adds a touch of humor. The majestic The Window, one of Cohen's most exquisitely esoteric compositions with its striking symbolism, also takes on a new dimension here. It's different, not better, than the original on Recent Songs. The backing vocals & the violin of Hakopian are sublime and Leonard deservedly acknowledges him at the end.

The slow, meandering songs The Smokey Life & The Gypsy's Wife follow, the last rendered especially beautiful by the lute of Bilezikjian.
Read more ›
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Though 30 years old this cd is a landmark on the great career of Leonard Cohen. The songs selection, musical arrangements and interpretation were a great surprise for those used to studio recordings.
A must for Leonard Cohen's fans.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
There are, to date, three live albums by Cohen on general release, but this, for my money, is by far the best. Backed by the band PASSENGER, who accompanied on RECENT SONGS, the tracks are similarly culled mainly from that understated release and 1974's NEW SKIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY. But where some of the arrangements on those albums were formal and somewhat restrained, here the musicians really let rip on tracks like LOVER LOVER LOVER, THE GYPSY'S WIFE, FIELD COMMANDER COHEN and MEMORIES, which has a much better outing here than on the ill-fated DEATH OF A LADIES' MAN. An absolute highlight, though, has to be WHY DON'T YOU TRY from NEW SKIN which melds effortlessly into a rousing encore of BIRD ON A WIRE (the only track, by the way, which makes its way onto all three live outings). Contrast this recording to 1973's LIVE SONGS, and you can see how far Cohen had come in terms of projecting himself to a live audience, and contrast that again to 1994's COHEN LIVE, featuring a host of great musicians who've recorded with Cohen in his latterday phase, and I'm sure you'll agree it's poised somewhere between the starkness of the former and the slickness of the latter. In fact, it sounds just like authentic folk music and I love every second of it.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Look for similar items by category