Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – London 1968

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like
cover… and where to find it

This is a re-engineered version of a well known set (see Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen Live At The BBC 1968 for details). The follow explanation is from prof_stoned, who performed the mastering and shared the files:

A very important bootleg, IMO, that begs for an official release. Reportedly, it was sourced from a cassette copy that a fan got directly from an BBC employee after writing a letter to inquire after the status of this recording. The BBC employee also mentioned that this came from his private copy and that video sources no longer existed in the archives. The audio recording was first heard by the public in 1993 when it came out on a pressed CD bootleg in inferior quality. Then later in the mid-2000s it started to circulate in better quality. I first heard this in 2006 when someone uploaded it on Dime’s tracker. Although pretty clean, that source was marred heavily by noise reduction artefacts. For this new version, I have used another source that I found on another tracker. It had more noises and also some signs of NR, but substantially less than the 2006 Dime source. I fear this is probably as good as it’s gonna get, unless someone manages to obtain a clean digital copy of the BBC cassette which, to my knowledge, is not in circulation. Despite the obvious deterioration of the source material, the sound quality here has still turned out quite good. I have carefully restored and remastered this at my mastering studio. The original source sounded a bit dull. By bringing up the high-end a bit, the NR problem and hiss also became more apparent, but I think I found an acceptable balance (to my taste, anyway). I also corrected the speed of the two original parts (one ran a bit too fast, the other a bit too slow). To me, the historical importance outweighs the sonic flaws by far. Four songs performed here (not counting There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me, which is more a joke than a song) were unreleased at the time, though already fully realized. Some of the arrangements are quite different from the studio versions and there’s an extra unheard verse on So Long,  Marianne.

Tracklist:

Track 01. You Know Who I Am 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 02. Bird On The Wire 4:22 (7.4MB)
Track 03. The Stranger Song 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 04. So Long,  Marianne 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 05. Master Song 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 06. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 07. Sisters Of Mercy 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 08. Teachers 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 09. Dress Rehearsal Rag 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 10. Suzanne 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 11. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 12. Story Of Isaac 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 13. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:05 (6.9MB)

The files are already in MP3 format available for download directly from the site, thus avoiding the need to enter codes, decompress the files, or deal with the hassles of services such as Rapidshare. The files are also tagged (correctly, as far as I can determine) with the name of the song, the artist, and “BBC Broadcasts 1968” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

Viewers should be aware that

  1. This site makes bootlegs available for a limited time only. Those interest should download it as soon as possible.
  2. This is an excellent  mono recording. No matter how many speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, etc. are engaged in playing these tracks, they will remain mono.

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