Video: Leonard Cohen Sheds Tear Singing So Long Marianne – 1972

Another Leonard Cohen performance that includes tearfulness can be viewed at Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Stranger Song, Demonstrates His Chop On BBC’s Julie Felix Show – 1968.

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne
Bird On A Wire Documentary: 1972

Note: Originally posted February 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s “Byronic Bullfrog” Response & Other Delights From 1985 Boston Show

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New Songs & Intriguing Stage Banter: Leonard Cohen At Berklee Performance Center 1985

The May 4, 1985 Leonard Cohen Concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston is an extraordinary enjoyable an interesting albeit little-known show. While the only available recording is far from pristine, it is sufficient unto our needs. I have chosen a few excerpts from the concert for your listening pleasure. (The transcriptions are from a bootleg site no longer online with several corrections by Alan Mawhinney.)

Dr Heck How About That Note: Anjani Thomas attended the Berklee College of Music. Leanne Ungar is an Associate Professor in the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee.

Leonard Cohen – Byronic Bullfrog

Note: The review referenced by Leonard Cohen is Pop/Rock: Leonard Cohen At Walnut Street Theater by Ken Tucker The Philadelphia Inquirer: May 1, 1985; more about this review at the link.

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Thank you very much. It’s been a long time since I played in this country, and it is a real pleasure to be able to understand… understand the reviews that I get for the concerts. I read my first American review in ten years the other night after my very first concert in this country in Philadelphia. And then it’s genuine wit. I say this without any sense of irony. The first half of the column he reviewed my suit. I’m going to relate this news to my tailor. But I bear no grudge. He also called me a ‘Byronic bullfrog’. That man has his finger at the very heart of things.

Leonard Cohen Defies Curfew & Changes Tennessee Waltz

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Hear This Brilliant Recording Of Leonard Cohen Live in Paris – 1976

Leonard Cohen From The Shadows: Paris – Olympia Theatre, Paris: June 5, 1976

Jo Meul writes

I haven’t heard this performance in such a bright and clear sound balance. There’s hardly any tape gliss or sound drop-out. Judging from the picture it’s a bootleg recording, I guess straight from the soundboard. Leonard and the band sound quite eager. Highlights : The French verses in ‘Bird On A Wire’, ‘Store Room’ and ‘Do I Have To Dance All Night’ (!!!)

From The Shadows is an unauthorized release based on the national radio France Inter broadcast (in early July 1976) of the June 5, 1976 Leonard Cohen Olympia Theatre concert in Paris.1 The photo (atop this post) of Leonard Cohen in concert at Olympia Theatre, Paris: June 5, 1976 was taken by Dominique BOILE.

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  1. More about this bootleg at Details Re Unauthorized Leonard Cohen CD: From The Shadows. []

Hear Pre-Spector & Released Versions Of Leonard Cohen’s Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-on


Dominique BOILE notes that Leonard Cohen’s “spectacular pre-studio version” of Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-on at the Nov 23, 1975 Bryn Mawr concert “shows how it would have sounded if produced by Lissauer and not Phil Spector.”

Leonard Cohen – Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-on
Bryn Mawr: Nov 23, 1975
Audience recording uploaded by messalina79 aka Ruth Pietroni

Below is the version released on Death Of A Ladies’ Man (1977), produced by Phil Spector with his trademark Wall of Sound and featuring backup vocals by Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan.

Leonard Cohen – Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-on
Death Of A Ladies’ Man: 1977

Video: Hallelujah – Images & Music Of Leonard Cohen 2012


Gwen Langford, webmaster of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, offers a nicely constructed video – a slideshow of photos she took at performances of Hallelujah during 2012 Leonard Cohen concerts in Ghent, Dublin, Montreal and Toronto set to the recording of the song from the Nov 29, 2012 Montreal show.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Video by Gwenluvsmusic

Note: Originally posted Feb 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Performs To Love Somebody, Memories, Jazzy Famous Blue Raincoat & More – Live At Eppelheim 1980

Leonard Cohen Live at Rhein-Neckar-Halle, Eppelheim, Germany Nov 5, 1980

Jo Meul writes:

This is clearly an audience recording, but the sound balance is way above average. And the setlist is a treat: ‘Diamonds In The Mine’ with a funny false start (dedicated to the new president of the United States – Ronald Reagan), The Bee Gees cover ‘To Love Somebody,’ the somewhat jazzy arrangement of ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ and ‘Memories!’

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Video: Images & Music Of Leonard Cohen – Light As The Breeze


Gwen Langford, webmaster of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, offers this well crafted video comprising a slideshow of photos she took at the 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent, Dublin, Montreal and Toronto shows set to an audio recording of Light As The Breeze from the August 14th 2012 Ghent concert.

Leonard Cohen – Light As The Breeze

Note: Originally posted Jan 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Only Leonard can assume the dual role of wise old sage and raging sex beast” – Leonard Cohen & Anjani Perform Never Got To Love You – Joe’s Pub 2007

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They [Leonard Cohen and Anjani] concluded with “Whither Thou Goest,” a song that had a pleasant, hymn-like quality, but of course, true to Leonard’s libido, had overtones of intimacy and romance. I don’t know how he does it. I swear he was making eyes at every lady in the house. I suppose only Leonard can assume the dual role of wise old sage and raging sex beast.

From cahootszine.com | 8 pm: Near the Astor Place Subway Stop – Review of April 24, 2007 Anjani Concert at Joe’s Pub in New York

Video: Leonard Cohen & Anjani – Never Got To Love You
Joe’s Pub, NYC: April 24, 2007

Note: Originally posted January 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric