Vintage Signs Of Leonard Cohen: The 1972 Mystery Munich Concert

With some squinting, the concert date on this commemorative plaque, posted by Joey Carenza, appears to be either April 10, 1972 or April 10, 1977. Given that Leonard Cohen did not tour in 1977, 1972 appears more likely.

The problem then becomes that while Cohen did perform a concert on April 10, 1972, it wasn’t in Munich. CohenLive (no longer online) informs us of these pertinent Cohen concerts:

  • 1972/04/10 Wien, Österreich – (Konzerthaus)
  • 1972/04/11 München, Deutschland – (Cirkus Krone)

It gets better (or, if one tends more toward the obsessive than the histrionic, it gets worse). There is another poster advertising the 1972 Leonard Cohen concert at Circus Krone in Munich. Note the dates at the left top corner.

But, as it turns out, those Nov 21 & 22, 1972 dates are also incorrect.

It’s all part of The Leonard Cohen Munich Concert Poster Mystery.

Note: Originally posted July 3, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Online Promotion 2013 Louisville Show

Promotion for March 30, 2013 Leonard Cohen concert in Louisville. Originally posted January 10, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Multiple (And Confusing) Recording Formats & Promotions Of Leonard Cohen’s 1988 I’m Your Man

Leonard Cohen Ad Reflects Competing Recording Formats & Diffuse Promotion Strategy

When I couldn’t determine the product that was being promoted by the advertisement from New Musical Express (January 30, 1988) shown below, I asked Dominique BOILE, who had contributed the ad. What I learned comprises today’s post.

My confusion arose from the mix of recordings listed on the ad: “First We Take Manhattan,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Sisters Of Mercy,” and “Suzanne.” The only commonality I could see was that all those were tracks on the Best of Leonard Cohen album, but that came out in 1975 so New Musical Express wouldn’t be carrying an ad for that in 1988. And I had no clue about the multiplicity of formats listed.

In his response, Dominique directed me to two reference numbers, one of either side of “CBS” at the bottom of the ad:651352 7 and 65132 6 (note: this second number is a misprint on the original ad; the correct reference number is 651352 6).

Then, he explained that the ad was promoting Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man” album that would be released in February 1988 by pushing CBS 651352 7, aka the 7″ vinyl version of “First We Take Manhattan” taken from the forthcoming LP / Cassette / CD  “I’m Your Man.”

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