“The Other Leonard Cohen Album” Ranks #24 On UNCUT’s 50 Greatest Bootlegs

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We’re #24, We’re #24, We’re #24, …

Yep, DrHGuy has been whipped into a self-congratulatory frenzy by the news that “The 50 Greatest Bootlegs,” the cover story in the most recent UNCUT magazine (Issue 174 November 2011), lists The Other Leonard Cohen Album, the Heck Of A Guy compilation of unpublished Leonard Cohen songs, at #24.

And, DrHGuy cannot resist pointing out, this ranking is further attestation to the high value musically knowledgeable individuals (as well as DrHGuy) place on Leonard Cohen’s performances – even when those performances fail to meet  the Canadian singer-songwriter’s criteria for releasing tracks to the public.

Update: The review of The Other Leonard Cohen Album as well as the complete list of the 50 Greatest Bootlegs published in Uncut magazine (Issue 174 November 2011) can now be viewed.“The Other Leonard Cohen Album” fits quite comfortably, thank you,  just below 23. Van Morrison – Van The Man and just above 25. Blur – Parklife Deluxe Bootleg. See Uncut Reviews The Other Leonard Cohen Album 

The Other Leonard Cohen Album

Given that The Other Leonard Cohen Album was first posted in January 2010, the most appropriate celebration of this event would seem to be a recapitulation of  the contents of the bootleg and the  directions for downloading for those readers who may have joined our merry band too recently to  be aware of this compilation.

The Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen (aka The Other Leonard Cohen Album), is a collection of hitherto unreleased Cohen songs,1 DrHGuy constructed rather than nag the Jeremiah Of Tin Pan Alley2 to complete that new album that is now due in Spring 2012.

Tracklist: The Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 1

  1. Feels So Good (The Other Blues Song): Live, Durham, NC (11/3/2009)
  2. Book Of Longing: KCRW (June 24, 2006)
  3. The Darkness: Live, Las Vegas (11/12/2009)
  4. Puppets: KCRW (June 24, 2006)
  5. Do I Have to Dance All Night: Live, Amsterdam (1980)
  6. Blues By The Jews: L Cohen Rare Songs (Live 1979)

Tracklist: The Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 2

  1. Red River Valley: Cohen Rare Live Songs (1976-88)
  2. Never Got To Love You (Duet with Anjani): Live, Program Trzeci Polskiego Radia (3/31/2007)
  3. Can’t Help Falling In Lover: Rare Live Songs II
  4. Ride Around: L Cohen Rare Songs (Live, 1979)
  5. The Union Makes Us Strong: Rare Songs, Live: England (1979)
  6. We Shall Not Be Moved: Live: Israel (1972)
  7. To Love Somebody: Eppelheim 1980
  8. The Hypnotist: Blossoms Of Heaven, Ashes Of Hell – Zurich Disc 2 (5/21/1993)
  9. Chelsea Hotel #1: Live, Israel (1972)
  10. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me:  Complete BBC 2 Broadcast (1968)
  11. Streets Of Laredo: Rare Songs, Live -England (1979)
  12. Do I Have To Dance All Night: Do I Have To Dance All Night (single 1976)

Cover Art For The Other Leonard Cohen Album

The album art atop this post is, of course, based on Leonard Cohen’s first album, Songs Of Leonard Cohen.

Download & Play The Other Leonard Cohen Album

1. Download these songs at

The  Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 1 (tolca1-r.zip)
The Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 2 (tolca2-r.zip)

2. Unzip (extract) the downloaded files, TOLCA1.zip and TOLCA2.zip. Each zip file will produce a group of MP3  files corresponding to the tracks on that volume.

3. The files can be used in iPods and other MP3 players. The files from each volume can also be burned onto an audio CD.

 

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Note: A second compilation of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs is also available at Presenting Another Other Leonard Cohen Album

Credit Due Department: DrHGuy was alerted to UNCUT’s ranking of The Other Leonard Cohen Album by David Curless.

Note: Originally posted Sep 24, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. The sole exception is the 1976 version of “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” which was released as a 45 rpm single marketed only in Europe. []
  2. Yep, “Jeremiah Of Tin Pan Alley” is another nickname. See Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames []

Hear Leonard Cohen Read His Poems & Talk About Boogie Street, The Loss Of His Savings, Mount Baldy Zen Center, & More

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Leonard Cohen Book Of Longing NPR Interview

The May 27, 2006 NPR episode of Fresh Air with Terry Gross features an interview with Leonard Cohen, focusing on his “Book Of Longing.” Included in this 45 minute program are Leonard Cohen reading his poems, explaining the significance of Boogie Street, discussing the loss of his retirement fund, describing life at the Mount Baldy Zen Center, distinguishing between poems that “lie gracefully on the page” and poems that are meant to be sung, and, yes, much, much more.

The interview can be heard on the player embedded below or downloaded as an MP3 file at NPR Fresh Air – Book Of Longing. (Note: Two poems recited during this interview, “Thousands” & “Mission,” have been excerpted into a video.)

Note: Originally posted Apr 10, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear, Download Leonard Cohen’s 1966 Poetry Reading

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Note: Originally posted Apr 10, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen 1966 Poetry Reading At 92nd St YMHA-YWHA, NYC

While Leonard Cohen’s 1996 reading of his own poems is well known and has been available in the past in various formats, this podcast features excellent audio and an easy to download MP3 file.

An excerpt from the official blurb describes the content:

The video podcast above features Leonard Cohen reading here on February 14, 1966. He read several poems and performed one song that would become an all-time classic. In the excerpt above, Cohen reads two poems—“For E.J.P” and “You Have the Lovers”—and performs “The Stranger Song,” which became popular in 1967 with the release of Cohen’s debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen.

The recording may be heard via the player embedded below or downloaded as an MP3 at 92Y Podcast: From the Poetry Center Archive: Leonard Cohen In 1966.

Credit Due Department: “92Y jeh” by Jim.hendersonOwn work. Licensed under CC0 via Commons.

Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970: Download Audience Recording

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Leonard Cohen: Leeds University 1970

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Leeds Student Union Refectory : 1970 Leonard Cohen Concert Venue

Denis Piggott was a student at Leeds University in 1970 and was in the audience at Leonard Cohen’s May 19th concert.1 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappily for us, he brought along his trusty Philips cassette recorder and captured the the complete show except the final song (Please Don’t Pass Me By), which was the point at which when the tape ran out.2

He has made this recording available for download in two parts:

Update: These files have been uploaded to YouTube. See Hear Leonard Cohen Playing Leeds 1970

For more about this show, see Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970 – Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970 – Photos & Reviews

Setlist
From Denis Piggott

LEONARD COHEN
Leeds, England – (Leeds University)
May 19, 1970 (actually between May 15 & 17)

1st set:
1. Bird On The Wire
2. So Long, Marianne
3. You Know Who I Am
4. Dead Song (poem)
5. Lady Midnight
6. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
7. The Stranger Song – solo
8. Joan Of Arc
9. Tonight Will Be Fine

2nd set:
10. The Music Crept By Us (poem)
11. The Partisan
12. Sisters Of Mercy
13. Diamonds In The Mine
14. Story Of Isaac
15. Famous Blue Raincoat
16. Sing Another Song, Boys
17. Travel (poem)
18. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
19. Suzanne
20. Please Don’t Pass Me By

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post: Copyright John Rettie – www.rocknrollphotographs.com. Photo of Leeds Student Union: Betty Longbottom [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Recorder photo: “Philips EL3302” by mib18 – selbst (neudeutsch: own work). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Note: Based on an Oct 3, 2009 post at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.
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  1. The exact date of this concert is uncertain. Cohen Live has it taking place “May 19, 1970, actually between May 15 & 17” []
  2. This information was originally posted by denispiggott at LeonardCohenForum. []

Guide To Leonard Cohen’s 1967-1968 BBC Broadcasts: Top Gear With John Peel, Once More With Felix, & Leonard Cohen Sings Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen At The BBC – Paying Rent In The Tower Of Babel

In 1968, just one year after Songs Of Leonard Cohen, the artist’s first album, was released, four BBC broadcasts carried Leonard Cohen performances taped live for those programs. Since then, these important and relatively high quality recordings have been periodically rediscovered to the delight of new fans.

In the ensuing 45 years, however, the zeal of Cohen fans, technological advances, and irresistible commercial dynamics have combined to produce numerous versions of these songs in various combinations and permutations, subjected to a number of editing and engineering tweaks, and distributed on multiple media, inevitably leading to confusion.

Today’s post is an effort to bring some clarity to the situation.

Leonard Cohen’s 1968 BBC Broadcasts

The 1968 Leonard Cohen BBC broadcasts follow:

1. Two songs recorded and broadcast on BBC2 TV’s Once More With Felix in Dec 1967

1. The Stranger Song
2. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Duet with Julie Felix)

2. Four Leonard Cohen songs recorded at BBC Piccadilly Studio 1 and broadcast on the July 9, 1968 BBC Radio 1 program, Top Gear with John Peel:

1. You Know Who I Am
2. Bird On The Wire
3. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
4. Dress Rehearsal Rag

3. Thirteen songs were recorded Spring 1968 at the Paris Theatre, London and broadcast by BBC2 TV under the title ”Leonard Cohen Sings Leonard Cohen.”

Five of these were broadcast on August 31, 1968:

1. You Know Who I Am
2. Bird On The Wire
3. The Stranger Song
4. So Long Marianne
5. Master Song

Eight others were broadcast September 7, 1968:

1. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me [improvisation]
2. Sisters Of Mercy
3. Teachers
4. Dress Rehearsal Rag
5. Suzanne
6. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
7. Story Of Isaac
8. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

The Standard Distributions

Many of these songs an be found alone. The duet with Julie Felix, for example, is a fairly popular standalone YouTube video,1 no doubt because the visual as well as audio components of the recording are available.

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  1. Available at Julie Felix & Leonard Cohen ‘Hey,That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’ 1968 []

Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen December 2, 2010 Vancouver Concert

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like
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Note: Originally posted Jun 10, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, the predecessor of Cohencentric

High Quality Recording Of A World Tour Concert That Made The Audience & Leonard Cohen Happy

Leonard Cohen’s beaming aspect at this show resulted in this heading appearing in a Heck Of A Guy post:

Happiness Is Opening Your Concert In Vancouver
– If These Photos Of Leonard Cohen Are Indicative

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The Leonard Cohen 2010 Vancouver Concert was indeed lauded not only by fans but also by critics.  The sentiments in this excerpt from “For one more night in Vancouver, Leonard Cohen is our man” by Marsha Lederman (Globe and Mail  Friday, Dec. 03, 2010) are representative:

In his trademark fedora, dark suit and bolo tie, Cohen offered his lyrical take on the facts of life: holy doves moving, events at the Chelsea Hotel on an unmade bed. Often on his knees, eyes closed, hand held up to his face, Cohen filled the arena with gravelly strains of aural sex. If he ached in the places where he used to play, he had the audience fooled.

… But never did Cohen appear to be mailing it in. The guy put the “pro” in “profound,” performing songs he has sung hundreds – thousands – of times with a vigour so genuine that they never felt tired.

The recording was the work of seth01 (Seth Meister), who explains one lesser known reason for the quality of the taping:

I was very, very concerned about going to this show and almost didn’t buy the very expensive tickets as I couldn’t see how the sound quality would possibly be any good in such a large venue with this type of a musician. A friend of mine had seen Cohen in this very venue a year previous and told me that it was one of the best shows he had ever seen. I respected his opinion highly as he’s an avid live music fan with a lot of experience.

Well, little did I know that Mark Vreeken (the long time soundman for the iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip) was doing sound for this show. I thought he had retired but apparently was coaxed out of retirement by Cohen to do one more tour… and how could he resist? If I had known I wouldn’t have doubted for an instance. Cohen and Vreeken make for a perfect symbiotic relationship and it all culminates in my tape for your enjoyment.

Concert Details

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Track List: Leonard Cohen Dec 2, 2010 Vancouver Concert

Set 1

Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
There Ain’t No Cure for Love
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
My Secret Life
Guitar Instrumental by Javier Mas
Who By Fire
I Caught the Darkness
First We Take Manhattan
Chelsea Hotel
Waiting for the Miracle
Anthem

Set 2

Tower of Song
Suzanne
Avalanche
The Singer Must Die
Sisters of Mercy
Gypsy Wife
The Partisan
Boogie Street
Hallelujah
I’m Your Man
One Thousand Kisses Deep
Take This Waltz

Encore

So Long Marianne
If It Be Your Will
Closing Time

Musicians: Leonard Cohen Dec 2, 2010 Vancouver Concert

Leonard Cohen – vocals, guitar, keyboard
Roscoe Beck – musical director, stand up bass, electric bass, background vocals
Neil Larsen – keyboards, Hammond B3, accordion, brass instruments
Bob Metzegr – guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals
Javier Mas – bandurria, laud, archilaud and 12-string guitar
Rafael Gayol – drums, percussion
Dino Soldo – keyboard, saxophone, wind instruments, mouth harp, background vocals
Sharon Robinson – lead vocals, background vocals
Charley and Hattie Webb – background vocals, harp (Hattie), guitar (Charley) and gymnastics

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Download Information

Note: This and other downloads of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs are listed at Cohencentric – Audio Downloads

The files are MP3s with a sample rate of 224 kbps. The majority of the files are downloaded as individual files directly from the site rather than through a service such as RapidShare. Ten of the songs, however, must be downloaded from either the 4Shared or Megaupload site; these files are well marked and links to the download services are provided. Regardless of the download site, none of the songs requireso codes or extraction (i.e., the files are MP3s, not zip or rar). The files are not DRM-protected; consequently, they should play without problems in iPods and most other MP3 players. They can also be burned onto a CD.

On this site, downloads are available for a limited time only. The downloads were working when I checked just prior to publishing this post. I have no way of knowing how much longer this will be be case.

Be aware that these files have names which are variations of “LCAvanxx.mp3″ where xx = the track number. When loaded into an MP3 player, the tracks will be listed as “xx title” where xx = the track number and title = well, the song’s title (e.g., the file “LCAvan03.mp3” when read by a MP3 player becomes “03 The Future”).  Other tag information (e.g., name of artist, name of album, etc) and the album art are not embedded in the file, but must be added manually if desired. Cover art is available on the download page.  This is not an uncommon practice and requires only a modest – and at least in this case, well-compensated – investment of time and effort to copy and paste the information in the correct slots.

The files from this concert can be downloaded at the Big O Audio Archive – Leonard Cohen Vancouver 2010.

 

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Credit Due Department: The concert photos were taken by Ashley Tanasiychuk for www.guttersnipenews.com