“You don’t really think of his music as particularly funky, but hey, it was ‘76 and disco was in the air” Leonard Cohen’s 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival Show

Aquarium Drunkard Features Leonard Cohen’s 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival Show

There’s no shortage of Leonard Cohen live albums from over the years, but there’s never been an official release from the man’s 1976 summer tour of Europe. This masterful two-hour Montreux (June 25, 1976) set would do the trick nicely – backed by a versatile band, Cohen leans into his hits with a swagger worthy of Sinatra and offers up a handful of less-traveled tracks. You don’t really think of his music as particularly funky, but hey, it was ‘76 and disco was in the air; “Lover Lover Lover” and “There Is A War” are darkly comic boogies, with Cohen savoring every syllable. And then there’s “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” his unabashed plunge into disco, which he was playing that summer, but only released as a limited single in Europe. It’s fantastically sleazy:

Excerpt from Leonard Cohen :: Montreux Jazz Festival, June 25, 1976 by T Wilcox (Aquarium Drunkard: Aug 21, 2017). The entire piece, including a download of a recording of the concert, is available at the link.

Note: Do I Have To Dance All Night has been the subject of several posts on this site; these entries are collected at 

On The 2017 Eclipse Playlist: Leonard Cohen – Night Comes On

nightveronaAnd the night came on
It was very calm
I wanted the night to go on and on
But she said, Go back to the World

It’s Papa, don’t peek, Papa, cover your eyes

Also on the 2017 Eclipse Playlist:

Leonard Cohen – Night Comes On
Verona: Sept 24, 2012
Video by Juraj M. at

Credit Due Department: Photo by Denys – Own work, CC BY 3.0, Wikipedia Commons

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Bird On A Wire – Lisbon 2010

The September 10, 2010 Lisbon concert proved to be an extraordinarily impressive demonstration of musical skills and showmanship, a phenomenon asdeguia, a correspondent who was in attendance at that show, convincingly attributes to the intense complicity between the band and the audience.

As evidence of the quality of the performances, Cohencentric offers the video of “Bird On A Wire,” perhaps the song from the Leonard Cohen World Tour repertoire most sensitive to musicological nuances (for example, timing, tone, phrasing, …) and least forgiving of flaws. The presentation of “Bird On A Wire” at Lisbon is a lapidary masterpiece.

Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire
Lisbon: Sept 10, 2010
Video from Actresspt

Note: Originally posted Jan 5, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Listen To “Best Glastonbury Performance Ever” – 2008 Leonard Cohen Glastonbury Show

skyLeonard Cohen’s June 28, 2008 Glastonbury show was ranked the “Best Glastonbury Performance Ever” by The Telegraph. Check out these posts about that concert:

Setlist

Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Ain’t No Cure for Love
Bird on the Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
So Long, Marianne
Tower Of Song
Suzanne
Hallelujah
Democracy
I’m Your Man
Closing Time
Anthem
First We Take Manhattan

Credit Due Department: Photo by wobblyturkey