THE ESSENTIAL LEONARD COHEN manages the considerable task of documenting the career of a man many consider one of the finest songwriters in the English language. Easily on par with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in terms of sheer poetic power, Canadian troubadour Cohen started out, appropriately enough, as a prose poet before beginning a recording career in the late 1960s. His early albums, amply represented here, found him accompanied chiefly by his own nylon-string guitar, delivering dark, but often romantic, reveries atop folk-based song structures.
Disc 1 1. Suzanne 2. Stranger Song, The 3. Sisters Of Mercy 4. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye 5. So Long, Marianne 6. Bird On A Wire 7. Partisan, The 8. Famous Blue Raincoat 9. Chelsea Hotel # 2 10. Take This Longing 11. Who By Fire 12. Guests, The 13. Hallelujah 14. If It Be Your Will 15. Night Comes On 16. I'm Your Man 17. Everybody Knows 18. Tower Of Song Disc 2: 1. Ain't No Cure For Love 2. Take This Waltz 3. First We Take Manhattan 4. Dance Me To The End Of Love - (live) 5. Future, The 6. Democracy 7. Waiting For The Miricle 8. Closing Time 9. Anthem 10. In My Secret Life 11. Alexandra Leaving 12. Thousand Kisses Deep, A 13. Love Itself
CD- The Essential Leonard Cohen
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