Leonard Cohen Performs Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye On Swiss TV 1976

76heyYesterday’s posting of Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976 prompted several viewers to alert me to another 1976 Leonard Cohen video from a French language broadcast. On July 1, 1976, Radio Television Suisse (RTS) broadcast Leonard Cohen performing Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye soon after his June 25 concert opened the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival and has now offered the video online. The descriptive language at the RTS site is somewhat ambiguous, at least in translation (“For his fans and all those who enjoyed it, extract of this concert, 01.07.1976, broadcast in the show“), but the performance captured on this video does not appear to be the concert performance.

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976

loverloverAnd may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

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These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War

bkup56Jo Meul alerts us to a improved version of Leonard Cohen singing Lover Lover Lover on French TV in 1976. An already outstanding video, which has been available for some time, is now stellar: the annoying subtitles are gone and, more importantly, the length is more than doubled.  It’s a gem.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
With Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Ticket Stubs: May 19, 1976 Leonard Cohen Concert – Free Trade Hall, Manchester

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Free Trade Hall has been completely rebuilt, only the facade is original

Credit Due Department: Tickets from the private collection of Dominique BOILE. Photo of Free Trade Hall by Bernt Rostad from Oslo, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – Montreux 1976

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

Leonard Cohen
Montreux 1976 [no label, 2CD]
Casino Barriere de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland
June 25, 1976

Very good FM broadcast

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Disc 1: Set 1
Track 101. Bird on the Wire (1) 4:46 (11.5MB)
Track 102. So Long, Marianne 6:58 (16.7MB)
Track 103. Who by Fire 4:11 (10.1MB)
Track 104. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye 4:38 (11.1MB)
Track 105. Store Room 5:09 (12.4MB)
Track 106. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:45 (11.4MB)
Track 107. Lady Midnight 4:01 (9.6MB)
Track 108. There Is a War 5:26 (13.1MB)
Track 109. I Tried to Leave You 5:40 (13.6MB)
Track 110. Diamonds in the Mine 4:06 (9.9MB)

Disc 1: Set 2
Track 111. Chelsea Hotel #2 5:37 (13.5MB)
Track 112. The Stranger Song 5:57 (14.3MB)
Track 113. You Know Who I Am 3:05 (7.4MB)
65 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. The Partisan 4:09 (10.0MB)
Track 202. Story of Isaac 4:45 (11.4MB)
Track 203. Famous Blue Raincoat 5:21 (12.8MB)
Track 204. Lover, Lover, Lover 6:17 (15.1MB)
Track 205. Sisters of Mercy 6:20 (15.2MB)
Track 206. Is This What You Wanted 5:28 (13.1MB)
Track 207. Suzanne 4:43 (11.3MB)
Track 208. The Butcher 5:03 (12.1MB)
Track 209. Bird on the Wire (2) 5:16 (12.6MB)
Track 210. Tonight Will Be Fine 4:08 (9.9MB)
Track 211. Joan of Arc 5:56 (14.2MB)
Track 212. Do I Have to Dance All Night 5:13 (12.5MB)
63 mins

Musicians:

  • Leonard Cohen – vocals, guitar, hand whistle
  • Cheryl Barnes – vocals
  • Laura Brannigan – vocals
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

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 “LEONARD COHEN – MONTREUX 1976 [R.I.P. 1934 – 2016]” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

Leonard Cohen Montreux 1976 can be downloaded at

ROIO: Leonard Cohen Montreux 1976

Cover Art For 1976 Leonard Cohen Montreux Bootleg: Once More For Marianne

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Dominique BOILE forwards the cover of Once More For Marianne, the 1976 Leonard Cohen Montreux bootleg. For more information, see 1976 Leonard Cohen Montreux Bootleg: Once More For Marianne

Update: See Leonard Cohen – Once More For Marianne: Cover Art, Booklet, & CD