“I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you” Leonard Cohen’s Profound Performance Of Hallelujah – Coachella 2009

“Just because I wasn’t there doesn’t mean I can’t remember it.”

That line, lifted from Horseman by Richard Russo, characterizes the feelings generated when I view this video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah at Coachella from from the Songs from the Road” DVD. When, for example, the youthful crowd shouts “Leonard, Leonard, Leonard, Leonard …” and then erupts following Leonard’s local reference, “I didn’t come to Coachella to fool you,” I’m not only in the desert with them but I’m about 25 years old.

The Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show was special for many reasons. Read about it at “Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009.

Other Coachella Posts:

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Coachella: April 17, 2009

Hear Complete Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show

The Apr 17, 2009 Leonard Cohen Coachella Show was special for many reasons. Read about it at “Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009.

Other Coachella Posts:

 

Setlist

01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 The Future
03 Ain’t No Cure For love
04 Bird On The Wire
05 Everybody Knows
06 Who by Fire
07 First We Take Manhattan
08 Hallelujah
09 I’m your Man
10 Democracy

Leonard Cohen Video: Energetic Performance Of First We Take Manhattan – Ghent Aug 12, 2012

I’m guided by a signal in the heavens
I’m guided by this birthmark on my skin
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Ghent: Aug 12, 2012
Video by Thomas Delbecque

Note: Originally posted Aug 13, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: 2009 Leonard Cohen Barcelona Blessings “May your life be sweet as apples dipped in honey”

Yesterday’s post about Leonard Cohen’s Priestly Blessing – Belfast 2009 called to mind another special Cohen blessing. At the Sept 21 2009 Barcelona show, Leonard incorporated a reference to the Rosh Hashanah custom of eating a slice of apple dipped in honey to express hopes that the upcoming year will be sweet and fruitful. An enlightening exposition of the origins and meaning of this Rosh Hashanah tradition can be found at Aish.com.

Leonard Cohen – Blessings
Barcelona: Sept 21 2009
Video by TallMan3rdRow

 

Note: Originally posted Oct 1, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Listen To Spring 1968 Leonard Cohen Paris Theatre (London) Show

Setlist

01 – You Know Who I Am
02 – Bird On The Wire
03 – The Stranger Song
04 – So Long, Marianne
05 – Master Song
06 – There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me
07 – Sisters Of Mercy
08 – Teachers
09 – Dress Rehearsal Rag
10 – Suzanne
11 – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
12 – Story Of Isaac
13 – One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

Notes from roio download site:

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.

Artery commented at Dime:

It was me that transferred the BBC engineer’s tape to WAV then CD. I can’t actually remember the year, but some time after 1998, I think. The tape was sent to me by well known Cohen expert Jim Devlin. I do remember that Jim had borrowed the original cassette from the BBC gentleman and we returned it to him after digitising the contents.

I certainly added no NR of any kind. My transfer was a raw Cassette deck to CD Wave with only track markers inserted. I own the original At The Beeb bootleg CD and not only was quality much better on our cassette but the final track One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong was missing from that bootleg.

Someone torrented a version of my original transfer under the title BBC Broadcasts 1968 (including four additional songs from John Peel and Julie Felix shows). Maybe that is where the noise reduction came in.

It’s a very interesting performance in several ways. I believe it’s the only known performance of Dress Rehearsal Rag, pre-dating its appearance on record by three years, and One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong is very rare too. I believe that members of The Strawbs were the backing musicians, certainly including Dave Cousins.

The odd thing for me is that I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who saw the original TV transmission. The Paris Theatre was the venue of many BBC Radio In Concerts and an odd choice for TV I think.