Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Live Performances Of Memories Online

1985-Leonard-Cohen-Norway-VideosThis is the fifth post in the Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine series examining “Memories” by Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen Live Performances Of Memories Online: An Annotated Index

While not the equivalent of attending a live performance, viewing these videos of Leonard Cohen singing “Memories” should provide a reasonable  amount of entertainment and, if one is lucky, an entirely unreasonable spark of passion of the most unsophisticated, retrograde, and delightfully irredeemable sort.

Previous Posts Featuring Live Versions Of Memories

Recordings Of Live Performances

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Warsaw: March 22, 1985
Includes “Return to my dismal adolescence in Montreal” introduction. One of the most melodious versions available with none of the theatrics.
Video from messalina79

Leonard Cohen – Memories
The Tour Bus Version (The YouTube description indicates this clip is from Song of Leonard Cohen by Harry Rasky: 1979; given that the narration is not in English, this identification is suspect.)
As one would expect, this is a casual singalong.
Video from musicloveraustria2

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Dortmund: November 3, 1980
Features over the top refrains.
Video from messalina79

 

Live Performances – Audio Only

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Dublin: December 14, 1979
Audio Only
Features an especially exuberant Paul Ostermayer sax solo and a final chorus that includes “Sail on”
Video from PAUL T. Lynch

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Hannover: Nov 11, 1979
Audio Only
Video from ALB123Videos

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Melbourne: March 8, 1980
Audio Only
Includes introduction identifying Phil Spector as “the very Himalaya of Rock Music,” who “destroyed my career”
Video from ALB123Videos

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Manchester: Dec 9, 1979
Audio Only
Includes introduction: “This is a song I wrote a couple of years ago with Phil Specter. One of my most dismal efforts… Probably last longer than my most delicate lyrics. Because it is armored in steel, designed to move through time like a Panzer division. What care I if my voice is lost within all these treads and dust and sand? What care I indeed? This song encapsulates my most irreverent recollections of an extremely banal adolescence. I am happy to sign my name to this song. It is like signing my name to a tax form. I don’t understand it at all. I know not why I came to pen this ditty. However, here it is, it exists in the world. Who can say it’s name?”
Video from ALB123Videos

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Bonn: December 3, 1979
Audio Only
Video from Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Philadelphia: April 30, 1985
Audio Only
Video from ALB123Videos

Leonard Cohen – Memories
Paris: October 30, 1979
Audio Only
Video from ALB123Videos

Note: Most of this content was originally posted Aug 13, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Down Memories Laine Posts:

  1. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Memories & Death Of A Ladies’ Man
  2. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Leonard Cohen On Memories
  3. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Memories & I Am A Hotel
  4. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: The 1979 ZDF-TV Droll, Deadpan Version
  5. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Live Performances Of Memories Online

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