On her debut album “secrets” Allison Crowe included this Leonard Cohen song cover. Her vocals are accompanied by Jo Lundstrom (Rosehip Jam, Black Velvet Band) on accordion and Allison herself on piano. Crowe engineered the recording, with production by Rainer Willeke (of Victoria, BC’s Raindog Studios).
The video image of Allison Crowe is by Canada’s Billie Woods.
MOJO magazine’s December ’08 issue paid tribute to “Rock’s Greatest Poet” Leonard Cohen with a celebration of his “deep and moving music”. Of Allison Crowe’s contribution of “Joan of Arc” to its ‘All Star Tribute”, (featuring Judy Collins, Nick Cave, Katie Melua, Martha Wainwright, Dion and others), a cover-mount CD titled “Cohen Covered”, MOJO says: “Once famously described by the Vancouver Courier as possessing a style akin to ‘Elton John meets Edith Piaf’, the Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe is renowned for her ability to blend control and melodrama. Certainly she does so on this spirited cover of Cohen’s ‘Songs of Love and Hate’ classic, a track which also powerfully showcases her considerable talent as a fine interpreter of song.”
“Any album that features a track from Leonard Cohen is certainly heading in the right direction. But when it is covered so beautifully, it makes you realise what an amazing lyricist Leonard Cohen is. Joan of Arc is the Cohen song covered on this album and it’s certainly in my top 10 of Cohen covers. It’s also my favorite track on (Secrets)” ~ Colin Meeks, indielaunchpad.com (USA)
Joan of Arc performed by Allison Crowe
Words & Music by Leonard Cohen
Note: Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric