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.
Before A Singer Must Die
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.