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. []

Two Photos: Hoodie-wearing Leonard Cohen & Thomas Vogel – Ludwigshafen April 27, 1976

Thomas Vogel is a singer-songwriter who wrote and sang German versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Do I Have To Dance All Night” (1977) and “Who By Fire” (1970). This photo was taken April 27, 1976 when Leonard Cohen performed at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Ludwigshafen.

“You don’t really think of his music as particularly funky, but hey, it was ‘76 and disco was in the air” Leonard Cohen’s 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival Show

Aquarium Drunkard Features Leonard Cohen’s 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival Show

There’s no shortage of Leonard Cohen live albums from over the years, but there’s never been an official release from the man’s 1976 summer tour of Europe. This masterful two-hour Montreux (June 25, 1976) set would do the trick nicely – backed by a versatile band, Cohen leans into his hits with a swagger worthy of Sinatra and offers up a handful of less-traveled tracks. You don’t really think of his music as particularly funky, but hey, it was ‘76 and disco was in the air; “Lover Lover Lover” and “There Is A War” are darkly comic boogies, with Cohen savoring every syllable. And then there’s “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” his unabashed plunge into disco, which he was playing that summer, but only released as a limited single in Europe. It’s fantastically sleazy:

Excerpt from Leonard Cohen :: Montreux Jazz Festival, June 25, 1976 by T Wilcox (Aquarium Drunkard: Aug 21, 2017). The entire piece, including a download of a recording of the concert, is available at the link.

Note: Do I Have To Dance All Night has been the subject of several posts on this site; these entries are collected at 

1976 Leonard Cohen Olympia, Paris Show: Watch Video Gems & Hear Complete Concert

6-Jun-1976-5The June 5, 1976 Leonard Cohen concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris is the source for a number of delights, including the rare photo atop this post taken by Dominique BOILE (also see more of Dominique’s shots of this show).

Do I Have To Dance All Night Release

do i have to dance all night cover art french900Although Cohen sang Do I Have To Dance All Night frequently in 1976 and 1980 concerts, it was released only as a seven inch single of the  June 5, 1976 performance. (For more information, see Do I Have To Dance All Night – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard). There was, however, no video – until I created one.

Is This What You Wanted Video

Because I could not find a high quality video of Is This What You Wanted online, I created one, again using the recording from the 1976 Olympia concert. (For more information, see Video: Is This What You Wanted by Leonard Cohen – Paris 1976)

Leonard Cohen: Is This What You Wanted

Complete 1976 Leonard Cohen Paris Show

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