Video: Hear 7 Songs From 1979 Leonard Cohen Birmingham Show

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing, through the graves the wind is blowing, freedom soon will come; then we'll come from the shadows.

Jo Meul alerts us to another Leonard Cohen audience recording that has been uploaded as an audio-only video on YouTube. In this case, however, the upload appears to be only seven of the eleven tracks from the long-available December 8, 1979 Birmingham Odeon show bootleg.

The setlist of the YouTube version follows:

00:05 Sisters Of Mercy
04:40 Diamonds In The Mine
09:36 2 Quatrains
11:56 Chelsea Hotel #2
16:07 A Singer Must Die
18:42 The Partisan
21:34 Billy Sunday

The bootleg tracklist, with the songs absent from the YouTube version in bold, follows:

Track 01. Sisters Of Mercy 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 02. Diamonds In The Mine 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 03. The Smokey Life 5:34 (9.4MB)
Track 04. The Gypsy’s Wife 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 05. Two Quatrains 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 06. Chelsea Hotel #2 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 07. A Singer Must Die 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 08. The Partisan 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 09. Famous Blue Raincoat 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 10. Our Lady Of Solitude 1:42 (2.9MB)
Track 11. Billy Sunday 17:41 (29.7MB)

Download information for all eleven tracks can be found at Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – Birmingham 1979.

Unauthorized Release Of 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich Concert Broadcast: The End Of Love – 2 Vol LP

PARA128LP_MPO_SLEEVE.inddDominique BOILE has discovered another bootleg (this one comprising two vinyl LPs produced by Parachute with release date of April 28, 2017) based on the radio broadcast of the May 21, 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich concert. For details, see these posts on similar bootlegs:

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Russian Counterfeit: Leonard Cohen Greatest Hits Double CD

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Dominique BOILE offers these scans of another unauthorized collection of Leonard Cohen songs, a double CD Russian counterfeit, which has the distinction of being the first such bootleg to include tracks from the You Want It Darker album. Dominique notes that the tracklist on both CDs are identical, but that the songs actually on each CD corresponds to the listing on the album cover.

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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

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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