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Greatest Hits

13 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:17:35
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  • ASIN: B002G4KQD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,206 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jun. 2016
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Leonard Cohen is an exceptional singer-songwriter, and this album offers 17 of his greatest hits. This is the re-mastered version of the album, from 2009, with a new track listing (as the original version was released in 1975). It covers the period of Cohen's first ten studio albums - from "Songs of Leonard Cohen" (1967) through to "Ten New Songs" (2001). His songwriting is complex and varied, dealing with a range of issues and topics - from love to politics, from sexuality to religion. Often, his songs appear as poetry set against music - and they're wonderful. But more than anything, it's Cohen's distinct voice that makes his music unique. His work has been both commercially and critically successful, and he's a defining contributor to the folk rock genre. If you're new to Cohen, I thoroughly recommend this album. For existing fans, this is an opportunity to gather many of Cohen's best songs on a single CD.

The track listing is as follows: "Suzanne"; "So Long, Marianne"; "Sisters of Mercy"; "Famous Blue Raincoat"; "Everybody Knows"; "Waiting for the Miracle"; "Who by Fire"; "Chelsea Hotel #2"; "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye"; "Bird on the Wire"; "A Thousand Kisses Deep"; "The Future"; "Closing Time"; "Dance Me to the End of Love"; "First We Take Manhattan"; "I'm Your Man"; and "Hallelujah".

While not every 'great' song from Cohen's work is included here, this album presents a good and varied selection. At under 4 (as I review), it's a bargain!
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Made by Sony company of UK, without involvement of Leonard Cohen or his manager's office, this is outrageous re-packing of 1975 Best Of LP (known in Europe as Greatest Hits). Not only it's ridiculous in packing, but one of the best Cohen songs, Waiting for the Miracle, is cut off in half (at 3:24 instead of 7:42), after 3rd verse, and there's also major drop out at the beginning of the song, with two lines omitted in the first verse (what sounds like your CD skipped but it's there on the record).

Outrageous and shameful way of making money of Cohen's recent popularity.
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Back in 1975 this often mocked, gravelly-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter released his first Greatest Hits (known in the US as Best of). It was a much-cherished collection, treasured almost as much for its sepia-toned portrait of the artist on the cover and his self-effacing liner notes, as for 'Sisters Of Mercy', 'Suzanne', 'Bird On A Wire', and 'So, Long Marianne'. Those slow-paced songs of love and death, with their unobtrusive folky musical accompaniment, were - and actually still are - the best of his long musical career, showing why this world-weary storyteller - who is now in his eighties - is a highly-revered cult figure, who is regularly bracketed with the much more productive Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

In a manner that some hardcore fans will think heretical, this 2009 release by Sony's UK division - that was made without involvement by Cohen - looks to blend that original with what he has done in the intervening 4 decades. The decision to retain only 8 of the original 12 tracks is highly debateable. But it should be noted that some of the replacements for 'Lady Midnight', 'The Partisan', 'Last Year's Man', and 'Take This Longing', are very strong, such as the much covered hymn-like 'Hallelujah', live favourite 'First We Take Manhattan', and the unsettling, if romantically charged 'Dance Me To The End Of Love' (which introduced Cohen's blossoming interest in synths to the world). But there has clearly been a bit of misjudgement in the selection of some of Greatest Hits' nine newer tracks, as neither 1992's much-laboured over 'Anthem', nor 1988's grimly humourous 'Tower Of Song', features, despite their obvious merits.
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This re-release contains 17 tracks. The following songs have been dropped from the original version: Lady Midnight, The Partisan, Last Year's Man & Take This Longing. Nine tracks from later albums have been added and eight songs remain from his early albums like Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs Of Love And Hate and New Skin For The Old Ceremony. From the album Songs Of Love and Hate I would have chosen Joan Of Arc, though, instead of Famous Blue Raincoat.

The quality of these timeless songs is proved by the many cover versions, of which a few of the best include Rita Coolidge's Bird On A Wire plus The Lilac Time's and the Neville Brothers' covers of the same song, Sting & The Chieftains' Sisters Of Mercy, James' cover of So Long Marianne, Geoffrey Oryema, Judy Collins and Nina Simone's very different interpretations of Suzanne.

The best (or my favorites) amongst the nine new tracks are The Future & Closing Time from the Future album and Dance Me To The End Of Love from Various Positions. I would have preferred Take This Waltz from I'm Your Man over the title track, Everybody Knows or Manhattan.
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