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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oscar
  • ASIN: B000026HBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Who By Fire
  2. "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"
  3. I Can't Forget
  4. Stories Of The Street
  5. Bird On The Wire
  6. Suzanne
  7. So Long Marianne
  8. Avalanche IV
  9. Don't Go Home With Your Hard On
  10. First We Take Manhattan
  11. Chelsea Hotel
  12. Tower Of Song
  13. Take This Longing
  14. True Love Leaves No Traces
  15. I'm Your Man
  16. A Singer Must Die
  17. Tower Of Song
  18. Hallelujah

Product Description

LEONARD COHEN Im Your Fan: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (1991 German 18-track CD album compilation featuring songs by Leonard Cohen performed by some of his well known fans includes REM Ian McCulloch Pixies Lloyd Cole Nick Cave And The BadSeed John Cale and more. Housed in a picture sleeve)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
This 1991 tribute album reveals the broad range of Cohen's talent as composer in its dazzling variety of voices and styles. Following the prayer Who By Fire by House of Love, Ian McCulloch soars through Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye, adding his own melancholy twist to the song's sublime sadness; The Pixies storm through I Can't Forget at their characteristic fast pace, whilst That Petrol Emotion poignantly render Stories Of The Street and James perform a meandering but moving So Long Marianne. Stephen Duffy of The Lilac Time gently caresses Bird On A Wire, followed by the Ugandan singer Geoffrey Oryema whose Suzanne, embellished by flute and a trio of guitars, fades out on a click-filled chorus.

Quite brutal is David McComb's exploration of the sleazy Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on which shakes, rattles and rolls along with the best of the psychotic beats, while Dead Famous People, produced by Serge Gainsbourg, make a surprising success of a bubblegum singalong rendition of True Love Leaves No Traces. The star of the show is John Cale as he paints a truly great soundscape with only voice and piano in Hallelujah, a classic which would have remained buried in Cohen's own rather monotone version. Others are not so great: REM's sloppy First We Take Manhattan and Nick Cave's pointless
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By Avid on 13 Dec. 2008
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This album is pure gold. Some people might think it is for people who don't like Leonard Cohen's voice but who nonetheless recognise his skill as a song-writer. Personally, I think he is great and I think this album is great so it need not be one or the other - Leonard Cohen fans can like this album too, as it is full of sensitive but different interpretations of his songs. My favourite track is probably Avalanche IV sung by Jean-Louis Murat in French, which is quite brilliant. I agree with other reviewers that the Nick Cave version of Tower of Song does not add much, though Nick Cave fans might still enjoy it and there is another better version of the song on the album too. The House of Love version of Who By Fire is not as bad as other reviewers suggest - not the most memorable track, perhaps, but not a bad way to start the album. I have two other albums of people singing Cohen's songs but neither is a patch on this one. At 18 tracks, this is a long album with little duff material. Unlike other compilations, I find I come back to it time and time again and it has helped me to discover some interesting artists.
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I love Leonard Cohen. I know lots of people do not enjoy his voice and this is an ideal album for them. You have some of his loveliest songs sung by other voices. Not always good voices or ideal interpretations but, nevertheless, you get a choice of tuneless voices.
Except for one outstanding track. The final one. Hallelujah sung by John Cale. Simply sublime and the only one, well I think so anyway, that is better than the original.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2006
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I'm Your Fan unlocks the broad sweep of Cohen's composing talent in a dazzling variety of voices and styles. First the gripes: Nick Cave's pointless Tower Of Song is a waste and the House Of Love's tepid Who By Fire provides no new perspectives. Also, REM's messy First We Take Manhattan is stupid. But gems abound: Ian McCulloch soars through Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye, adding his own melancholy twist to the song's sublime sadness; The Pixies storm through I Can't Forget at 200 km/h while That Petrol Emotion poignantly render Stories Of The Street. Pity they changed the lyrics though, as did James on their meandering but moving version of So Long Marianne. The emotional timbre of Stephen Duffy's voice gently cress Bird On A Wire, followed by Geoffrey Oryema's ethereal Suzanne that fades out on a click-filled chorus. Quite brutal is David McComb's exploration of the sleazy Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on which shakes, rattles and rolls along with the best of the psychotic beats, while Dead Famous People make a surprising success of a singalong, bubblegum rendition of True Love Leaves No Traces. But the star of the show is John Cale as he paints a truly great soundscape with only voice and piano in Hallelujah, a classic which would have remained buried in Cohen's own rather flat version. A rare treat to hear one musical master celebrating another. Cohen as composer will deservedly gain many new fans through I'm Your Fan.
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I bought this for a real Leonard Cohen fan and had a listen before wrapping it. I hadn't heard of most of the bands covering the numbers apart from Nick Cave and wasn't overly impressed with how they interpreted the songs. If you are going to cover a song you need to improve on it and I am not sure you can improve on a Leonard Cohen song - unless you are Leonard Cohen. Note to X Factor judges and producers - please don't let 19 year old X Factor winners cover Leonard Cohen songs - it really doesn't work. (the same with Bob Dylan ...) Thank you.
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