Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen Live At Royal Albert Hall 1988

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

BBC Records Leonard Cohen 1988 London Show

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 recording later surfaced as this outstanding bootleg.

To place this show in context, the Cohen album, “I’m Your Man” was released April 19, 1988. “Famous Blue Raincoat,” the Jennifer Warnes album  that was instrumental in extending Cohen’s audience, was released November 1986,  Cohen’s next album, “The Future,” would not be issued until  November 24, 1992.

The photo below is from January 1988. 1

Leonard Cohen 1988, photo by Roland Godefroy

Much of the tracklist (see below) comprises songs played during the 2008-2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour. This makes for interesting comparisons. The lyrics and arrangements of many of the songs (e.g., “Everybody Knows”) have shifted and Cohen, in 1988, seems suspended between the younger, more confrontational Leonard Cohen, who once walked off the stage during a concert and sometimes engaged in arguments with audience members, and his current incarnation as diplomatic icon.

Tracklist

01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 Ain’t No Cure For Love
03 Who By Fire
04 Bird On The Wire
05 I’m Your Man
06 Sisters Of Mercy
07 Coming Back To You
08 First We Take Manhattan
09 Chelsea Hotel
10 Tower Of Song
11 The Stranger Song
12 If It Be Your Will
13 Everybody Knows
14 Joan Of Arc
15 Hallelujah
16 There Is A War
17 Take This Waltz
18 The Partisan
19 Suzanne
20 Passin’ Through

Encore
21 I Tried To Leave You
22 Whither Thou Goest
23 So Long, Marianne

Missing from the concert’s original set list is Avalanche” (performed before “Chelsea Hotel” in the show) and the final fragment of  “Hallelujah.”  The remainder of the concert, however, is intact on this recording as are the song  introductions.

Musicians

Leonard Cohen – vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Perla Batalla – vocals
Julie Christensen – vocals
Bob Metzger – guitars, steel guitar
John Bilezikjian – oud
Bob Furgo – keyboards, violin
Tom McMorran – keyboards
Steve Zirkel – bass, keyboard, trumpet
Steve Meador – drums, electric drums

Download Leonard Cohen At Royal Albert Hall 1988

The Files:

Sound quality is rated “Very Good.” The recording is stereo and the 320 kbps MP3 files are 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 – London 1988” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

The artwork incorporates my own home-brewed graphic (shown below) created in 2009 when this bootleg was available from a different site an lacked cover art.

This bootleg can be downloaded at Roio – Leonard Cohen – London 1988

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Note: The description of this download was originally posted Dec 24, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Does the 1988 photo of Leonard Cohen remind anyone else of Mickey Rourke in Diner (middle photo) and in 9 1/2 Weeks (right)?

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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

lcmontreuxbkTracklist

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

Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – London 1968

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

This is a re-engineered version of a well known set (see Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen Live At The BBC 1968 for details). The follow explanation is from prof_stoned, who performed the mastering and shared the files:

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.

Tracklist:

Track 01. You Know Who I Am 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 02. Bird On The Wire 4:22 (7.4MB)
Track 03. The Stranger Song 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 04. So Long,  Marianne 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 05. Master Song 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 06. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 07. Sisters Of Mercy 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 08. Teachers 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 09. Dress Rehearsal Rag 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 10. Suzanne 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 11. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 12. Story Of Isaac 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 13. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:05 (6.9MB)

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 “BBC Broadcasts 1968” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

Viewers should be aware that

  1. This site makes bootlegs available for a limited time only. Those interest should download it as soon as possible.
  2. This is an excellent  mono recording. No matter how many speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, etc. are engaged in playing these tracks, they will remain mono.

Leonard Cohen – London 1968 can be downloaded at

Roio – Leonard Cohen – London 1968

 

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

1976 Leonard Cohen Montreux Bootleg: Once More For Marianne

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Dominique BOILE sends word of another bootleg of the June 25, 1976 Leonard Cohen concert with the opportunistic to the point of distasteful title, Once More For Marianne.  The double CD set comprises 25 songs, including my personal favorite, “Do I Have To Dance All Night” (released only as a single in Europe). It is currently listed at the French, UK, and Japanese Amazon sites where it will be available Oct 14, 2016.

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

From the UK Amazon site:
Audio CD (14 Oct. 2016)
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Golden Rain
ASIN: B01KOTXOJK

Track Listings

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