Vinyl Version of “Leonard Cohen Toronto ’88” Bootleg

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Peter Torbijn of the Netherlands sends word that a vinyl version of the “Leonard Cohen Toronto ’88” bootleg on the Rox Vox label is listed at Forced Exposure. The description from that site follows:

180-gram vinyl. By 1988 Leonard Cohen had undergone something of a renaissance in North America, propelled by the success of Jennifer Warnes’s 1987 Famous Blue Raincoat album. He supported his widely acclaimed synthesizer-heavy I’m Your Man album (1988) with a tour of Europe, the US, and his native Canada. This superb performance at Massey Hall in Toronto on November 9, 1988, was broadcast live on CBC Radio. The complete broadcast is presented here with background notes and images.

This is yet another bootleg of Leonard Cohen’s November 9, 1988 concert at Massey Hall in Toronto, which was broadcast live on CBC radio and rebroadcast on March 11, 1990.

Peter notes “there are other pressings on vinyl of the same concert, but I think this is a new one.”
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Also see

Leonard Cohen’s One-Performance Only Version Of “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” Cologne 1988

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Leonard Cohen Sings To A Different Beat

While the visual aspects of this video are suboptimal, it captures Leonard Cohen1 singing “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” in a rhythm distinct from any other performance I have heard.

For purposes of comparison, a video of a  more typical performance of the song (from the 2013 Rotterdam concert) is also embedded below.

Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Cologne: April 10, 1988
Video by jikan78

For comparison,

Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Jul 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Comparison video updated for this re-posting.
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  1. Band Members: Bob Furgo (keyboards, violin), Bob Metzger (guitars, pedal steel guitar), Steve Meadot (drums), Stephen Zirkel (bass, keyboards, trumpet), John Bilezikjian (oud, mandolin), Tom McMorran (keyboards), Julie Christensen (vocals), Perla Batalla (vocals) []

Leonard Cohen Tells 1988 Helsinki Concert Audience 5 Things He Knows About Finland

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I don’t know much about you [Helsinki concert audience]. I know that there are 126 members of your Parliament that are not socialists and 76 that are. It’s not much to know about anybody. I know that you have 0.11 percent of the world gross product. That’s a lot for a country your size, but that’s not enough to know. I know that your President is a Doctor of Philosophy, that’s impressive, but it really does not help us get through the night. I know that you’re a heroic people and except for the Afghanis, you’re the only one who resisted the Soviet Union. Mostly, I know that you live in winter like I do. I wrote this next song under the inspiration, under the fatherly guidance of Federico Garcia Lorca, the great Spanish poet. He never came to Helsinki. Doesn’t matter, ’cause I’m here now. And I bring you the greetings of the South even though I am frozen to death in the north. It is one of those things that I know how to do.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s introduction to “Take This Waltz” from the April 28, 1988 concert at Jaahalli Helsinki, Finland

DrHGuy Note: And that’s before he knew Jarkko

Note: Originally posted October 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs “Everybody Knows” Featuring John Bilezikjian On The Oud At Roskilde 1988

88everybodyIn addition to a solid performance of “Everybody Knows,” this video also offers views of a frenzied, shouting, flag-waving audience and a precursor to one of Leonard Cohen’s signature moves during the 2008-2013 tours – kneeling beside Javier Mas to establish face to face contact as he sings and Mas plays.

Update: On July 2, 1988, Leonard Cohen appeared  at the 1988 Roskilde Festival, held south of Roskilde, Denmark. Six of those songs were broadcast on TV2 Denmark. All six are now available online:

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. Everybody Knows
3. First We Take Manhattan
4. Take This Waltz
5. Hallelujah
6. Suzanne

8535074210_afa9af342c_oIn the video, Cohen doesn’t kneel but directly faces and bends toward the 1988 predecessor to Javier Mas, John Bilezikjian on the oud, to establish the face to face dyad as he sings and Bilezikjian plays.

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Roskilde, Denmark: July 2, 1988
Video by a1000kissesdeep

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen & Javier Mas taken at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on March 2, 2013  by Art Siegel, Photo used by permission of Art Siegel.

Note: Originally posted July 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Toronto ’88 Bootleg: Booklet & CD

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Having alerted us almost two months ago to “Leonard Cohen Toronto ’88” Bootleg Advertised At French Amazon Site (see this post for information about this and other bootlegs of Leonard Cohen’s November 9, 1988 concert at Massey Hall in Toronto), Dominique BOILE follows up with these images of the Toronto ’88 booklet and CD.

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Video: Leonard Cohen’s Powerful Performance Of “First We Take Manhattan” At Roskilde 1988

roskideNotwithstanding the color distortion, this video is fascinating, not only because of the impressive performance by Leonard Cohen and backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, but also due to the exuberant, banner-waving audience  Worthy of special note is Cohen’s booming, sardonic laughter at 4:37.

Update: On July 2, 1988, Leonard Cohen appeared  at the 1988 Roskilde Festival, held south of Roskilde, Denmark. Six of those songs were broadcast on TV2 Denmark. All six are now available online:

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. Everybody Knows
3. First We Take Manhattan
4. Take This Waltz
5. Hallelujah
6. Suzanne

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Roskilde, Denmark: July 2, 1988
Video by a1000kissesdeep

Note: Originally posted July 30, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric