Hear Earliest Recorded 1970 Leonard Cohen Concert: Frankfurt

Leonard Cohen in concert at Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt on May 6, 1970. Good quality audience recording for 1970. (Leonard played Leeds two weeks later on May 19; Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970: Download Audience Recording)

Setlist

01. [3:56.31] Un As Der Rebbe Singt – solo
02. [4:18.24] Bird On The Wire
03. [6:49.22] So Long Marianne
04. [3:43.05] You Know Who I Am
05. [0:19.08] Dead Song (poem)
06. [3:34.48] Lady Midnight
07. [4:36.22] One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
08. [5:29.10] The Stranger Song – solo
09. [5:40.74] Joan Of Arc
10. [6:13.68] Tonight Will Be Fine
11. [4:59.54] The Partisan
12. [5:56.08] Sisters Of Mercy
13. [4:45.46] Diamonds In The Mine
14. [4:16.59] Story Of Isaac
15. [6:11.16] Famous Blue Raincoat
16. [7:04.41] Sing Another Song, Boys
17. [0:39.15] Celebration (poem)
18. [3:00.53] Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
19. [3:56.45] Suzanne
20. [13:49.24] Please Don’t Pass Me By

Video: Leonard Cohen & Julie Felix Perform Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – 1968

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Leonard Cohen’s First BBC-TV Appearance

Leonard Cohen & Julie Felix
– Hey,That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

Once More With Felix-BBC: Jan 27, 1968
Video from tallowmanoldies’s channel

Note: Originally posted Aug 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Only Performance Of “Beloved Comrade” + Hear Complete Leonard Cohen Fête de l’Humanité Show – Paris 1974

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Beloved Comrade

On Sept 7, 1974 at the Paris, Parc de la Courneuve concert, Leonard Cohen performed “Beloved Comrade” for the only time in his career. It is significant that the concert was part of the annual Fête de l’Humanité organized by Parti communiste français (French Communist Party). Cohen’s opening words (in French) were “Good evening friends, citizens, spies… angels of peace and violence.”

“Beloved Comrade” was written in 1945 by Lewis Allan (lyrics) and Fred Katz (music) in response to the death of Franklin Roosevelt or as a tribute to fallen Abraham Lincoln brigade soldiers in the Spanish Civil War (sources vary). In any case, the song has been performed many times from both perspectives.

Leonard Cohen first learned the song as a teenager during summer camp from The People’s Songbook, which was also his source for “The Partisan,” “Kevin Barry,” “Solidarity,” & other songs.

Note: The above content was originally posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

 

Entire Concert Now Online

Setlist

01. (Introduction)
02. So Long, Marianne
03. Vivre Seul (Serge Lama/Leonard Cohen)
04. Lover, Lover, Lover
05. Beloved Comrade (Josh White)
06. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
07. Diamonds In The Mine
08. There Is A War
09. Suzanne
10. The Partisan (Anna Marly/Emmanuel D’astier De La Vigerie/Hy Zaret)
11. Is This What You Wanted
12. The Stranger Song (Aborted)
13. The Butcher
14. Sisters Of Mercy

Hear 6 Songs From 1979 Leonard Cohen Brighton Dome Show: Commander Cohen – The Other Tapes

The latest unofficial Leonard Cohen recording to appear on YouTube is Field Commander Cohen – The Other Tapes Bootleg, comprising six songs from the December 15, 1979 Brighton Dome Leonard Cohen concert soundboard, none of which appear on the Field Commander Cohen – Tour of 1979 album. More information about the 1979 Brighton Dome show can be accessed at Download Never Before Published Recording: Leonard Cohen Live At The Brighton Dome 1979.

Track List:

Memories
Suzanne
Billy Sunday
Joan of Arc
I Tried to leave you
Silent Night

Video: Leonard Cohen Sings "So Long Marianne" With Marianne In Audience – Langesund 2009

Marianne At Lonard Cohen’s Langesund Show

This is not a video with great production values. As the cameraperson notes, “Sorry for the all the drunk people singing.” But how could anyone who knows anything about Leonard Cohen pass up the chance to watch him sing “So Long Marianne” to a concert audience that includes Marianne herself?1

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne
Langesund: July 16, 2009

Note: Originally posted Jul 19, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Basic information about Leonard Cohen and his relationship with Marianne can be found at Leonard Cohen – The Literary Years. []

Hear (Almost) Complete 1988 Leonard Cohen Royal Albert Hall Concert

On May 30, 1988, Leonard Cohen gave the first of three consecutive sold out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC recorded the concert (from their own soundboard) but did not broadcast it. That audio-only recording later surfaced as this outstanding bootleg. Now, it has appeared on YouTube. Missing from the concert’s original set list is Avalanche” (performed before “Chelsea Hotel” in the show) and the final fragment of “Hallelujah.”

More about this bootleg recording is available at Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen Live At Royal Albert Hall 1988

Setlist

– Dance Me To The End Of Love;
– Ain’t No Cure For Love;
– Who By Fire;
– Bird On The Wire;
– I’m Your Man;
– Sisters Of Mercy;
– Coming Back To You;
– First We Take Manhattan;
– Chelsea Hotel #2;
– Tower Of Song;
– The Stranger Song;
– If It Be Your Will;
– Everybody Knows;
– Joan Of Arc;
– Hallelujah;
– There Is A War;
– Take This Waltz;
– The Partisan;
– Suzanne;
– Passin’ Through;
– I Tried To Leave You;
– Whither Thou Goest;
– So Long, Marianne.