Songs from the Road

Songs from the Road

by Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Overview

Given that Leonard Cohen's international concert tours of the late 2000s were prompted by the fact his former manager made off with his life's savings, only a curmudgeon would blame the man for trying to make the enterprise as profitable as possible. Roughly 14 months after releasing Live in London, which preserved Cohen's July 2008 performance at London's 02 Arena, the venerable singer and songwriter presented Songs from the Road, featuring 12 tunes from his 2008 and 2009 concert dates. While Live in London captured the feel and flow of a single concert and featured most of Cohen's best-known songs, this set includes bits and pieces from 11 different shows, and while this album isn't exactly a collection of rarities, it does feature a number of lesser-known tunes (such as "Heart with No Companion" and "That Don't Make It Junk") and variant versions of some of his more famous numbers (Cohen juggles the order of the verses on "Suzanne" and adds a new verse to "Bird on a Wire"). While Live in London was a richly satisfying souvenir of Cohen's inspired comeback shows, Songs from the Road is less impressive in its more modest scale and less cohesive atmosphere. But the album still demonstrates that Cohen is a compelling and absorbing performer who brings his soul into every verse he sings, and his band is nothing less that superb; even when Dino Soldo's sax and Bob Metzger's guitar dip into jazz fusion sleepyland, they give Cohen just the musical support he needs, and the interplay between them and the vocalist is a marvel. Songs from the Road seems a bit pale compared to the excellence of Live in London, but both albums are enough to convince anyone that even at the age of 74, Leonard Cohen remains one of the most vital figures in contemporary music, and his gifts as a performer nearly match his abilities as a writer, no small accomplishment.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886977590825
catalogNumber: 775908
Rank: 40841

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Lover, Lover, Lover [Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 24,
  2. Bird On the Wire [Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008
  3. Chelsea Hotel
  4. Heart With No Companion [Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Ge
  5. That Don't Make It Junk
  6. Waiting For the Miracle [Hp Pavilion, San Jose, California, November 13
  7. Avalanche [Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 200
  8. Suzanne
  9. The Partisan
  10. Famous Blue Raincoat
  11. Hallelujah [Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009
  12. Closing Time

Disc 2

  1. Lover, Lover, Lover [Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 24,
  2. Bird On the Wire [Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008
  3. Chelsea Hotel
  4. Heart With No Companion [Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Ge
  5. That Don't Make It Junk
  6. Waiting For the Miracle [Hp Pavilion, San Jose, California, November 13
  7. Avalanche [Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 200
  8. Suzanne
  9. The Partisan
  10. Famous Blue Raincoat
  11. Hallelujah [Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009
  12. Closing Time
  13. Backstage Sketch

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Roscoe Beck   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Standup Bass
Bob Metzger   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dino Soldo   Harmonica,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wind Instruments
Hattie Webb   Harp,Background Vocals
Charley Webb   Guitar,Background Vocals
Javier Mas   12-string Guitar,Bandurria
Sharon Robinson   Background Vocals
Rafael Bernardo Gayol   Percussion,Drums
Niel Larsen   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Roscoe Beck   Musical Director
Leanne Ungar   Engineer
John VanNest   Additional Production
Hy Zaret   Composer
Edward Sanders   Director,Producer
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Mark Vreeken   Engineer
Steve Berkowitz   Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Kory   Executive Producer
Russell Wilson   Engineer
Leon Wieseltier   Liner Notes
Lorca Cohen   Art Direction,Filmmaker
Javier Mas   Laud
Sharon Robinson   Composer
Richard Alcock   Producer
Nick Frey   Direction
Mathieu Coutu   Direction
Martin Pare   Engineer
Etienne Lapre   Engineer
Dan Gitlin   Video Editor
Brian "Pants" Kirk   Engineer
Ed Sanders   Liner Notes

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