Leonard Cohen’s Death Of A Ladies Man Named To “6 Best Phil Spector One-Off Records” List

6. Leonard Cohen, Death of a Ladies Man

Of all the songs on all the one-offs, the most ostentatiously Spectorized track is the magnificent “Memories” on Leonard Cohen’s fifth album, 1977’s Death of a Ladies Man. The song pops out of the record as much as it does from the rest of Cohen’s discography. When Cohen lets out a wailing vamp at the end it’s as if he’s overcome with emotion, or exhaustion. Given the fraught circumstances of the recording sessions, it may well have been both. A few of the tracks don’t really work, like “Paper Thin Hotel,” in which Spector thins Cohen’s voice to a flat, reedy tone that obscures Cohen’s lyrics and makes you long for Bob Johnston’s spare, vocally-oriented production. But others are worth another try, especially the monstrously indulgent but beautiful title track that slowly devolves over nine minutes as if Spector’s mighty Wall is being methodically torn down.

From The 6 Best Phil Spector One-Off Records by Nate Logsdon (Paste: December 8, 2016)

“When you jump into a pool of water you don’t hit that water as a man or a woman you hit it as shock; that is the central reality I was talking about.” Leonard Cohen

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Does Cohen try to try to write from a point which is neither masculine nor feminine, yet is both?

Well, you’ve got to move between these two points and take the residue of each point back to the others. If you never experience yourself as neither man nor woman or, for that matter, as neither fish nor any form of creature, then eventually you are going to get bored being just a man. When you jump into a pool of water you don’t hit that water as a man or a woman you hit it as shock; that is the central reality I was talking about back thenquotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016). Photo by Gorupdebesanez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Full Stage Views August 21, 2012 Leonard Cohen World Tour Concert In Amsterdam

Geert van der Wijk took advantage of being exiled to the nosebleed seats of Olympisch Stadion by snapping these tremendous photographs showing full stage views of Leonard Cohen and his musicians in action. While close-ups are to be savored, the wider perspective offered here seems more resonant with the experience of the actual show. I also suspect that the last shot, featuring patrons in rain gear, is especially resonant with the experience of the actual show. The penultimate photo is both atmospheric and practical in providing information about the European leg of the 2012 Tour. These photos originate from Geert van der Wijk’s Flickr account, which also includes, in Geert’s words, “some (even better) pictures of the summer 2008 tour.”

Note: Originally posted Aug 29, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Waiting For The Miracle, Featuring Dino Soldo – Adelaide 2010

Leonard Cohen – Waiting For The Miracle
Adelaide: Nov 18, 2010
Video by alanm5049

Baby, I’ve been waiting,
I’ve been waiting night and day
I didn’t see the time,
I waited half my life away
There were lots of invitations
And I know you sent me some
But I was waiting
For the miracle, for the miracle to come

Originally posted Nov 22, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

About “Leonard Cohen: An Illustrated Record” By Mike Evans

I heard from the folks at Plexus Books, publishers of this volume. who write

We will be publishing LEONARD COHEN: An Illustrated Record, by Mike Evans on the 7th November, in order to coincide with the second anniversary of Cohen’s death.  [DrHGuy Note: The official publishing date of Nov 7, 2018 notwithstanding, there is conflicting information on various retail sites, and at least one copy of this book has been received  by contributor Dominique Boile – see Leonard Cohen: An Illustrated Record By Mike Evans]

In the biography, Evans explores Cohen’s career in detail and places his literary and musical achievements within the context of his life.

From hypnotising a maid in his teens, through his sexual encounters with Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell to his drug-fuelled relationship with music producer Phil Spector and his conversion to Buddhist monk in his 60s, Mike Evans illustrates the events that both inspired and underpinned the remarkable body of work that Leonard Cohen continued to produce up until his very last days. The biography is illustrated with over 100 full colour and black and white photographs,

Update: Page Spreads From “Leonard Cohen: An Illustrated Record” By Mike Evans

The press release follows.