VA – Hallelujah: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (2019)

Posted by Green on July 31, 2019
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This new release in Ace Records long-running and highly regarded Songwriters series comprises hand-picked recordings of works by Canada’s much-missed poet laureate Leonard Cohen, including two songs the great man himself never recorded. I’ve never gotten over the pleasure of someone covering one of my songs. I don’t have a sense of proprietorship, which probably stems from coming up as a folksinger where it was understood that songs develop a patina through interpretation. I feel that s the mark of excellence, Cohen once said. Here’s your chance to experience that excellence via 18 eclectic recordings of Cohen compositions by a diverse array of performers from a five-decade time span. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye is heard in a 1967 version by folk queen Judy Collins, the first-ever artist to record a Cohen song, while Marissa Nadler’s spellbinding interpretation of Famous Blue Raincoat dates from 2007. The collection opens with the full-length album version of Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, one of the most sublime pieces of recorded music one could wish to hear, and closes with Cohen disciple Nick Cave’s radical reworking of Avalanche. Other highlights include k.d. lang’s reading of Bird On A Wire, Ron Sexsmith’s Heart With No Companion, Nina Simone’s personalised arrangement of Suzanne, and a live version of Chelsea Hotel No.2 by Rufus Wainwright. The accompanying 24-page booklet includes a Cohen biography by Ian Johnston and an in-depth track commentary by compiler Mick Patrick featuring illuminating quotes from Cohen on many of the songs.


1. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (06:53)
2. k.d. lang – Bird On A Wire (04:28)
3. Rufus Wainwright – Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (03:47)
4. Marianne faithfull – Tower Of Song (04:36)
5. Madeleine Peyroux – Dance Me To The End Of Love (03:56)
6. Dion – Sisters Of Mercy (03:34)
7. Judy Collins – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (03:34)
8. Barb Jungr – Everybody Knows (03:55)
9. Ron Sexsmith – Heart With No Companion (03:11)
10. Stina Nordenstam – I Came So Far For Beauty (04:03)
11. Marissa Nadler – Famous Blue Raincoat (04:21)
12. Tom Northcott – True Love Leaves No Traces (03:56)
13. Nina Simone – Suzanne (04:19)
14. Lee Hazlewood – Come Spend The Morning (02:56)
15. David Blue – Lover, Lover, Lover (02:59)
16. Buffy Sainte-Marie – God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot (04:53)
17. Joe Cocker – First We Take Manhattan (04:53)
18. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Avalanche (05:11)

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