Bootleg: Leonard Cohen Live At The Complex, Los Angeles “Limited Edition On Pink Vinyl With White Splatter”

Dominique BOILE has spotted another bootleg based on the 1993 FM broadcast of Leonard Cohen Live At The Complex, L.A.


A1: First We Take Manhattan
A2: Ain’t No Cure For Love
A3: Dance Me To The End Of Love
A4: Democracy
B1: I’m Your Man
B2: Coming Back To You
B3: Waiting For The Miracle
B4: The Future

Sony’s promotional CD of the event is shown below .

live-from-complex-scaled500Recorded by Leanne Ungar for Columbia Radio Hour, this Sunday morning concert by Leonard Cohen at The Complex in Los Angles on April 18, 1993 was later released to 100 participating radio stations. This is, as one would expect from its origins, a high quality recording.


1. First We Take Manhattan 6:07
2. Ain’t Cure For Love 5:11
3. Coming Back To You 4:37
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love 6:07
5. Democracy 7:14
6. Waiting For The Miracle 7:27
7. The Future 6:51
8. I’m Your Man 5:31


 Credit Due Department: Information about and graphic for The Columbia Records Radio Hour Presents Leonard Cohen Live! From The Complex contributed by Dominique BOILE.

Listen To, Download “Anjani Thomas With Leonard Cohen Live In Poland 2007”

Anjani Thomas & Leonard Cohen

As most ongoing readers know, Anjani Thomas was hired by producer John Lissauer, to provide backup vocals on Leonard Cohen’s Various Positions album and then went on to tour with Cohen in 1985, as his keyboardist and backup vocalist, She also contributed to I’m Your Man, The Future, Dear Heather and Old Ideas. She and Leonard were also romantic partners.

Anjani’s Blue Alert (2006) is an outstanding album comprising songs performed by Anjani, who also wrote the music, with lyrics by Leonard Cohen,  This Warsaw radio performance was in support of that album.  Among the tracks are two songs, Whither Thou Goest and Never Got to Love You, performed as duets by Anjani & Leonard.

Live at Studio im. Agnieszki Osieckiej, Polskie Radio Program 3 (a.k.a. “Trójka”), Warszawa, Poland, March 31, 2007

From the ROIO site:

Anjani Thomas’ Blue Alert came out early in 2006. Then nothing. Other “divas” got the push instead. Corrine Bailey Ray comes to mind as the most recent. Thankfully she did a short tour of Europe with companion and friend Leonard Cohen who produced Blue Alert and wrote all the lyrics to the songs. One show was properly recorded and broadcast on Polish radio. This is it.

Thomas has an angelic voice diametrically opposite to Cohen’s smoker’s cackle. It’s so smooth you can’t believe she can sing Cohen. But this is no Famous Blue Raincoat a la Jennifer Warnes… Anjani rifled through Cohen’s old notebooks, found lyrics and poems and put them to music. This is late-night listening nirvana, combination of Anjani’s sexy, cool vocals with Cohen’s always subversive lyrics… Perhaps it is best to let Leonard Cohen describe what’s found here:
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Hear, Download Jennifer Warnes “Famous Blue Raincoat” LP Showcase – Munich 1987

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like
… and where to find it

This is a very good audience recording.of Jennifer Warnes’ “Famous Blue Raincoat” LP Showcase, Park-Café, Munich, West Germany; April 15, 1987. “Famous Blue Raincoat” is, of course, an album of Jennifer Warnes’ performances of  songs by Leonard Cohen.

From the download site:

In January 1987, Jennifer Warnes released her sixth studio album, Famous Blue Raincoat, a tribute to Leonard Cohen, with whom she had toured as a backup singer in the 1970s. The idea for the album originated when Cohen assisted Warnes with the lyrics of “Song of Bernadette” while on tour in 1979. Warnes is probably best known for her duet with Joe Cocker on Up Where We Belong, which appeared in the 1982 movie, An Officer and a Gentleman.

The recording includes Leonard Cohen’s introduction of Jennifer Warnes, in which he sardonically informs the audience they can continue to laugh and talk as well as expressing his discontent with his record label.

Track 01. introduction 1:54
Track 02. Cohen talk 5:49
Track 03. Bird on the Wire 5:41
Track 04. Coming Back to You 6:36
Track 05. Famous Blue Raincoat 6:55
Track 06. The Hunter 4:31
Track 07. Ain’t No Cure for Love 4:36
Track 08. I Can’t Hide 6:07
Track 09. First We Take Manhattan 7:05
Track 10. Song of Bernadette 5:02

The files are already in MP3 format available for download directly from the site, thus avoiding the need to enter codes, decompress the files, or deal with the hassles of services such as Rapidshare. The files are also tagged (correctly, as far as I can determine) with the name of the song, the artist, and “Leonard Cohen – Birmingham 1979” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

This bootleg can be downloaded at ROIO – Jennifer Warnes’ “Famous Blue Raincoat” LP Showcase

Leonard Cohen Toronto Radio Broadcast 1988 – Another Unauthorized CD

Dominique BOILE has spotted yet another bootleg (on the UK Amazon site & French Amazon site, among several online retail outlets) of that same November 9, 1988 concert at Massey Hall in Toronto, broadcast live on CBC radio and rebroadcast on March 11, 1990. For more information about and other bootlegs of this broadcast, see

Hear Oct 30,1980 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Online

This (audio only) video is from a well known bootleg, Leonard Cohen – Live 1980-10-30 Amsterdam, Concertgebouw” described as “Excellent-sounding recording of Leonard Cohen’s show at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 30 October 1980. The sound is clean and clear, with a good balance between the music and the audience, though lacking a little in the bass.”

Set List
00:05 Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
04:18 Who By Fire
10:17 The Window
16:04 Passing Through
20:54 The Guests
27:03 There Is a War
32:05 Suzanne
36:42 The Stranger Song
45:27 Chelsea Hotel #2
49:07 The Partisan
52:40 Story of Isaac
56:37 The Gypsy’s Wife
01:02:14 The Music Crept By Us [poem]
01:05:41 Diamonds in the Mine
01:10:38 Famous Blue Raincoat
01:16:31 Lover Lover Lover
01:24:26 Memories
01:29:45 So Long Marianne
01:38:25 Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
01:43:33 Joan of Arc
01:50:01 Tries to Leave You
01:59:48 Do I have to Dance All Night

Video: Hear 7 Songs From 1979 Leonard Cohen Birmingham Show

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing, through the graves the wind is blowing, freedom soon will come; then we'll come from the shadows.

Jo Meul alerts us to another Leonard Cohen audience recording that has been uploaded as an audio-only video on YouTube. In this case, however, the upload appears to be only seven of the eleven tracks from the long-available December 8, 1979 Birmingham Odeon show bootleg.

The setlist of the YouTube version follows:

00:05 Sisters Of Mercy
04:40 Diamonds In The Mine
09:36 2 Quatrains
11:56 Chelsea Hotel #2
16:07 A Singer Must Die
18:42 The Partisan
21:34 Billy Sunday

The bootleg tracklist, with the songs absent from the YouTube version in bold, follows:

Track 01. Sisters Of Mercy 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 02. Diamonds In The Mine 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 03. The Smokey Life 5:34 (9.4MB)
Track 04. The Gypsy’s Wife 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 05. Two Quatrains 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 06. Chelsea Hotel #2 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 07. A Singer Must Die 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 08. The Partisan 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 09. Famous Blue Raincoat 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 10. Our Lady Of Solitude 1:42 (2.9MB)
Track 11. Billy Sunday 17:41 (29.7MB)

Download information for all eleven tracks can be found at Best Bootlegs: Leonard Cohen – Birmingham 1979.