1976 Leonard Cohen Olympia, Paris Show: Watch Video Gems & Hear Complete Concert

6-Jun-1976-5The June 5, 1976 Leonard Cohen concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris is the source for a number of delights, including the rare photo atop this post taken by Dominique BOILE (also see more of Dominique’s shots of this show).

Do I Have To Dance All Night Release

do i have to dance all night cover art french900Although Cohen sang Do I Have To Dance All Night frequently in 1976 and 1980 concerts, it was released only as a seven inch single of the  June 5, 1976 performance. (For more information, see Do I Have To Dance All Night – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard). There was, however, no video – until I created one.

Is This What You Wanted Video

Because I could not find a high quality video of Is This What You Wanted online, I created one, again using the recording from the 1976 Olympia concert. (For more information, see Video: Is This What You Wanted by Leonard Cohen – Paris 1976)

Leonard Cohen: Is This What You Wanted

Complete 1976 Leonard Cohen Paris Show

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Hear Complete June 25, 1976 Leonard Cohen Montreux Concert

This bootleg is from a very good FM broadcast of the Leonard Cohen June 25, 1976 Leonard Cohen concert at Casino Barriere de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland.  More about this recording, including download links, can be found at Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – Montreux 1976

Setlist

01 – Bird On The Wire
02 – So Long Marianne
03 – Who By Fire
04 – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
05 – Store Room
06 – One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
07 – Lady Midnight
08 – There Is A War
09 – I Tried To Leave You
10 – Diamonds In The Mine
11 – Chelsea Hotel #2 – Solo
12 – The Stranger Song – Solo
13 – You Know Who I Am – Solo
14 – The Partisan
15 – Story Of Isaac
16 – Famous Blue Raincoat
17 – Lover Lover Lover
18 – Sisters Of Mercy
19 – Is This What You Wanted
20 – Suzanne
21 – The Butcher
22 – Bird On The Wire (2)
23 – Tonight Will Be Fine
24 – Joan Of Arc
25 – Do I Have To Dance All Night

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 Leonard Cohen Munich Concert Poster Mystery

When Did The Leonard Cohen Concert Advertised By This Poster Take Place?

Following the successful investigation of the Mysterious Ticket Clue To Phantom 1974 Leonard Cohen Concert?, I have re-opened another Cohen Concert conundrum cold case. The text of the above Cohen concert poster, found on a number of sites selling posters, includes the month and dates – 21 November and 22 November – of the show but not the year. On the retail and auction sites where it is sold, the poster is most frequently listed as a promotion for Cohen shows held in 1977.

Ad on eBay for “1977 concert poster”

That Cohen did not tour in 1977, however, renders this claim dubious.

Other Facts In Evidence

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Video: Rare Leonard Cohen Performance Of Az Der Rebe Zingt – Vienna 1976

Rebbe-ZingtLeonard Cohen performed “Az Der Rebe Zingt” in only nine concerts and never released the song on a recording. A few days ago, this earnest 1976 Leonard Cohen performance of “Az Der Rebe Zingt” in Vienna surfaced on YouTube.

Update: Song Background & Lyrics

In contrast to Leonard Cohen’s almost solemn performance, “Az Der Rebe Zingt” is typically sung as a lively, light-hearted tune (see video at end of the post). There are several variations provided for the lyrics of this Yiddish folk song. The version below and the English translation are adapted from Jane Enkin Music and Story.

Az der rebe zingt (When the rabbi sings)
Zingen ale khasidim (All the hasidim sing)
Tshiri biri bim tshiri biri bom
Zingen ale khasidim

Az der rebe trinkt (When the rabbi drinks)
Trinken ale khasidim (All the hasidim drink)
Yaba baba bay – Lekhayim! Yaba baba bay – Lekhayim! (To life!)
Trinken ale khasidim

Az der rebe lakht (When the rabbi laughs)
Lakhn ale khasidim (All the hasidim laugh)
Ha ha….
Lakhn ale khasidim

Az der rebe veynt (When the rabbi cries)
Veynen ale khasidim (All the hasidim cry)
Oy oy oy oy oy vey’z mir, oy oy… (Oh, woe is me)
Veynen ale khasidim

Az der rebe shloft (When the rabbi sleeps)
Shlofn ale khasidim (All the hasidim sleep)
(shh… yawn… hmmm…)

Az der rebe tantst! (When the rabbi dances)
Tantsn ale khasidim (All the hasidim dance)
Ay didi day didi day, ay didi day didi day
Tantsn ale khasidim

Update: The Performance Venue

This is the story behind the banner [which reads, in English, To stay (here) is solidarity”] Back in the 70’s in Vienna a former slaughterhouse called St. Marx was used as a cultural center for young people. But in 1976 the city council decided to tear it down. So hundreds of young people seized the building and tried to save their cultural center. They were supported by Austrian artists. When Leonard Cohen played a concert in Vienna he heard the story and after the concert he went there to support these people fighting for their cultural center. And this is the end of the story: after 101 days the occupants had to leave the building but the city council gave them a nearby building where they founded a new cultural center called “Arena”.1

Leonard Cohen – Az Der Rebe Zingt
Vienna: June 14, 1976

 

A more traditional rendition by the Ramatayim Men’s Choir, Jerusalem ca be viewed below.

Note: Originally posted Apr 7, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. From LeonardCohenForum post by stella s. []