12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon its 1975 release, The Best of Leonard Cohen collected the most commonly known songs from Leonard Cohen’s first four studio albums. At the time Cohen was hardly the living legend he’s since become; he was another singer/songwriter from an era that was being replaced by disco, hi-gloss pop, and eventually punk and new wave. Cohen, to his credit, never changed course. For those who’d lost, worn out, or never bothered to purchase his albums, this 12-song summary served as a quick reminder of his considerable talents. “Suzanne” and “Bird on the Wire” were already classics being covered by countless contemporaries. “So Long, Marianne” came close to pop, with its female choir providing the perfect contrast to Cohen’s flat, somber vocals. “Famous Blue Raincoat” plays as a short story. “Chelsea Hotel #2,” a tale of Janis Joplin, is one of Cohen’s strongest melodies. “Sisters of Mercy,” “The Partisan,” “Last Year’s Man,” and “Who By Fire” further demonstrate Cohen’s unparalleled lyrical abilities.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon its 1975 release, The Best of Leonard Cohen collected the most commonly known songs from Leonard Cohen’s first four studio albums. At the time Cohen was hardly the living legend he’s since become; he was another singer/songwriter from an era that was being replaced by disco, hi-gloss pop, and eventually punk and new wave. Cohen, to his credit, never changed course. For those who’d lost, worn out, or never bothered to purchase his albums, this 12-song summary served as a quick reminder of his considerable talents. “Suzanne” and “Bird on the Wire” were already classics being covered by countless contemporaries. “So Long, Marianne” came close to pop, with its female choir providing the perfect contrast to Cohen’s flat, somber vocals. “Famous Blue Raincoat” plays as a short story. “Chelsea Hotel #2,” a tale of Janis Joplin, is one of Cohen’s strongest melodies. “Sisters of Mercy,” “The Partisan,” “Last Year’s Man,” and “Who By Fire” further demonstrate Cohen’s unparalleled lyrical abilities.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Master G Funk ,

Happy Birthday To A Genius

Your 73 Old Man!!! Born One year before Elvis. You ARE the little Jew who wrote the bible. Leonard Cohen is the best lyricist of all time. I love you Morrison. I love you Dylan. Sorry. No one has consistantly captured words so beautifully entwined in song as you Herr Cohen. You are a Titan among lesser gods and dillatantes.

Morning Mist ,

Songs that speak to your soul ...your spirit...hauntingly, beautifully

For years I have let my spirit hear the songs this genius of lyrics has captured. Reading about him has given insite into a few of the songs as he was writing about himself and others whom he was with in the 1960's. I have always loved listening to Janis Joplin however his song Chelsea Hotel No. 2 put a greater insite into her world with just a few words -They had the Music. He takes a few lines and desire can hit you deep with thoughts of the past and with the next line the your tortured heart is brought up stronger. I love his music now with his deep voice penetrating through my soul. He is truly the poet of his time and I look forward to future songs.

b-dub78 ,

A classic, nuff said.

Lets be frank, this guy can't sing in the classical sense. Some how his music is still captivating, and very important. This is my favorite collection of his work I would recommend it to anyone though seriously, it's not for everyone. He some how manages to evoke perfection while being obviously flawed, pure genius.

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