Thursday, November 10, 2016

RIP Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen's 2008 Rock Hall Induction wasn't met with universal love.  I remember Dave Marsh, and others wondering if Cohen was "Rock and Roll" enough to get into the Hall. But Cohen got in on the first ballot.  That was 8 years ago, though, and since then Cohen's has risen. Particularly thanks to the emergence of "Hallelujah" as a kind of anthem full of religion, love and a meaning that even Cohen always slyly left to our imagination.  

After the Rock Hall, Cohen was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 2010.  His records were full of dark humor, love, religion, etc., all talk-sung in a voice that grew only deeper, or, doom and gloom if you will, as he grew older.  And he went out with a good album, too:  2016's You Want It Darker.

His best albums:
Songs of Leonard Cohen  (1968)
Songs From A Room  (1969)
Songs of Love and Hate  (1971)
New Skin For The Old Ceremony  (1974)
I'm Your Man  (1988)
Future  (1992)
Ten New Songs  (2001)
Live In London  (2009)
Old Ideas  (2012)
You Want It Darker  (2016)

Best compilations:
Essential   (2002)
Best of  (1975)
Best of Vol 2  (1997)

Best Covers Album
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (87)

Great Leonard Cohen Songs:
Bird on the Wire
Chelsea Hotel No. 2
Dance Me To The End Of Love
Everybody Knows
Famous Blue Raincoat
First We Take Manhattan
Going Home
Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye
I'm Your Man
If It Be Your Will
Joan of Arc
Master Song
Sisters of Mercy
So Long Marianne
Take This Waltz
Tower Of Song
Who By Fire
You Want It Darker
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