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The best collection yet from one of pop music's most influential, enduring and fascinating artists! Includes Suzanne; Bird on a Wire; Sisters of Mercy; Famous Blue Raincoat; First We Take Manhattan; Ain't No Cure; Night Comes On; I'm Your Man; Tower of Song; Chelsea Hotel #2; Hallelujah, and more.

This two-disc retrospective traces the Canadian bard's musical maturity from poet and novelist who sang a little to multidimensional artist whose oracular vocals and increasingly rich arrangements are every bit as compelling as his verse. Even when Cohen came to prominence through the 1960s songcraft of "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," the "folksinger" tag never really fit. Later highlights ranging from the deadpan drollery of "Tower of Song" and "Everybody Knows" to the apocalyptic anthemry of "First We Take Manhattan" and "Democracy" suggest that other labels might be more appropriate: cabaret surrealist, spiritual gadfly, sensual prophet, agent provocateur. Cohen chose the selections, drawing more than half of the 31 tracks from three landmark albums--his 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1988's I'm Your Man, and 1992's The Future--along with four from 2001's Ten New Songs. The collection justifies its title as deep as it goes, though it's a shame that Cohen's commercial profile couldn't justify the more elaborate box set his artistry warrants (one that would at least include lyrics and musician credits). Those who sample the consistently inspired music here might come to the conclusion that everything Cohen records is essential. --Don McLeese

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  2. The Stranger Song 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Sisters Of Mercy 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. So Long, Marianne 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Bird On A Wire 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Partisan 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Famous Blue Raincoat 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Chelsea Hotel #2 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Take This Longing 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Who By Fire 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Guests 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Hallelujah 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. If It Be Your Will 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Night Comes On 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. I'm Your Man 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Everybody Knows 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Tower of Song 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  2. Take This Waltz 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. First We Take Manhattan 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Dance Me to the End of Love (Live) 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. The Future 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Democracy 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Waiting For The Miracle 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Closing Time 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Anthem 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. In My Secret Life 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Alexandra Leaving 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Love Itself 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006NSH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hopefully this won't be the last attempt at the "essential" Leonard Cohen, but this will serve as a superb interim introduction. I have been a big Leonard Cohen fan for years, ever since hearing "Suzanne" on the radio and then hearing a bevy of his songs in the superb and profoundly underrated Robert Altman film McCABE AND MRS. MILLER, which uses several of his songs on the soundtrack (back when songs were included to enhance the movie rather than provide an excuse for a soundtrack album). I have striven over the years to introduce Cohen to as many of my friends as possible, and early on played him to my daughter. Happily most (including my daughter) have become fans as well.
For some friends, I would make compilation tapes, and here is where one becomes aware of the problem with Cohen. Apart, perhaps, for his first album, Cohen is not at all well served by albums. He is far more of a singles artist, and some of his best individual songs can be found on otherwise miserable albums. A compilation can, in addition, mask how many really bad songs Cohen has recorded over the years. Luckily, at his best, he is very, very good. An anthology, therefore, is by far the best way to present Cohen's work, in comparison to other performers like The Clash or Van Morrison, who are better discovered in their original albums. It is even true of artists sometimes compared to Cohen, like Nick Cave.
So, how does this anthology rate? Actually, pretty good. In the compilations I have made either for myself or for friends, this contains nearly every song that I have found most essential. The only significant omission that I can find is "Joan of Arc," which I dearly wish had been included.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 22, 2006
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The electronic drum is set slow. The synthesizer is a dirge. And the singer's voice --- imagine a three-pack-a-day man at four in the morning with his dog recently dead. His voice is a whispered croak, a tragic monotone.

Well, Leonard Cohen never said he made music for parties. He did say --- not in so many words, but this was the implicit promise --- that he'd stare the mirror down and make his secret life public. That he'd go "a thousand kisses deep" and report back. That, for the women who are his most passionate admirers, "I'm your man."

It's easy to see through Leonard Cohen --- at least that's what his critics say. To them, he's "the poet laureate of pessimism," "the grocer of despair," "the godfather of gloom," "the prince of bummers." His songs: "music to slit your wrists to."

His fans know different. I have been one since 1968, when I read his two novels, The Favorite Game and Beautiful Losers, and heard his first record. That album was like no other. It took itself seriously. And it took you seriously. That was the heart of the transaction --- a search for truth in a world where "even damnation is poisoned with rainbows" and God is always both present and mystifyingly silent.

That world view sounds off-putting. Dark. Unrewarding. In fact, Cohen is --- for some of us --- immensely musical. Even inspiring. But that's hidden. He's sardonic: "I was born like this, I had no choice/I was born with the gift of a golden voice." The quest is the thing, always: "Like a bird on a wire/ Like a drunk in a midnight choir/ I have tried, in my way, to be free."

Early on, that quest led him to Zen Buddhism, the ideal choice for smarties who need to be quiet and listen. Cohen went further.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on April 5, 2003
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LC, I'm your fan. Have been since I first heard Suzanne going on four decades ago. I used to sing it walking down Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley; it was a phenomenal song then and it still is. This 31 song double CD covers Cohen's career from Suzanne taking your hand and leading to the river to Alexandra leaving with her lord. There is nothing that should not be on this collection, unlike many so-called Essential collections when there is almost always one or more "what the heck is THAT song doing here" moment. My only complaint is that it could easily have had 7 or 8 more cuts; Songs from a Room is badly underrepresented -- where is the unbelievably sad Seems So Long Ago, Nancy and the Hours-like Tonight Will Be Fine, with its lyric that captured Cohen then and does now as well, "I choose the rooms I live in with care/the windows are small and the walls almost bare?" And while I'm mighty happy to have Cohen's version of Famous Blue Raincoat, why not his definitive Joan of Arc? Oh, well, enough carping. Those who have most or all of Cohen's work may not need this -- although popped into the CD player it is a magnificant overview of how consistently strong his work has been for decades, none of the Dylan peaks and valleys. But for those who have only a couple of the albums or are looking to get introduced, this CD is definitive and, oh, yes, essential.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2005
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Of course, I didn't realize just how essential it was until I acquired it and listened to it. Now I question how I ever got along without it. I have come to the conclusion that I could probably have only this one CD to listen to until the day I die (and I am a lover of almost ALL types of music), and it would be enough. Cohen somehow can take us to another plane or dimension and I have to tell you, it's disappointing having to come back to the real world. His songs are beautiful, haunting, sometimes funny or biting, but ALWAYS mesmerizing. Thank you, Leonard Cohen, for your very existence and for this great gift you have shared with us.
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