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I'm Your Fan: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen


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Audio CD, November 26, 1991
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  • Audio CD (November 26, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002ISX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First We Take Manhattan - R.E.M.
2. Hey That's No Way To Say GoodBye - Ian McColloch
3. I Can't Forget - Pixies
4. Stories Of The Street - That Petrol Emotion
5. Bird On A Wire - The Lilac Time
6. Suzanne - Geoffry Oryema
7. So Long Marianne - James
8. Avalanche IV - Jean-Louis Murat
9. Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on - David McComb & Adam Peters
10. Who By Fire - The House Of Love
11. Chelsea Hotel - Lloyd Cole
12. Tower Of Song - Robert Forster
13. Take This Longing - Peter Astor
14. True Love Leaves No Traces - Dead Famous People
15. I'm Your Man - Bill Pritchard
16. A Singer Must Die - Fatima Mansions
17. Tower Of Song - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
18. Hallelujah - John Cale

Editorial Reviews

R.E.M., The Pixies, John Cale, Nick Cave and others sing the songs of Leonard Cohen, including "First We Take Manhattan," "Bird on the Wire," "I'm Your Man" and "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye."
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Media Type: CD
Artist: I'M YOUR FAN
Title: I'M YOUR FAN
Street Release Date: 11/26/1991
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP COLLECTIONS

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "uzzi-tuzii" on April 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Right now I'm listening to the man himself, "I'm Your Man", and I guiltily caught myself thinking that I actually prefer the REM version of "First We Take Manhattan" on "I'm Your Fan" to the artist's own rendition. I think for those of my generation (I'm 27), the heavy background vocals and synthesizers of LC's later work (ironic though it may be) is hard to digest, although we can manage to get past it through sheer love of his work. He is certainly a poet first and a producer second - though his acoustic work has a raw power that's hard to match. Also I find that LC tends to over-emote his own songs (for my taste anyway) - I prefer a delivery that is a bit lighter-handed and dispassionate, which most of the tracks on this cover album have. They let the power of the song (pun slightly intended) speak for itself, and give us kids the gift of these songs which many of us might never be able to palate otherwise.
I do think there are some snoozers on here, but none of the tracks really make me cringe (though I generally fast-forward past "Suzanne" as I find the approach a bit heavy and dull. It's hard to bring anything new to that one, it's been done so well by others. I love the cover of "Take This Longing", also "A Singer Must Die", and although others disagree, I adore REM's track. I can't even talk about John Cale's "Hallelujah". As a side note, I strongly urge people who like his track here to buy his "Fragments of a Rainy Season". His songwriting is absolutely compelling to me, though don't try it if you like to be handed obvious meanings on a plate. He accompanies himself on acoustic piano or guitar, creating a gorgeous and chilling atmospheric space, perfect for a rainy afternoon. But I digress.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This 1991 tribute album reveals the broad range of Cohen's talent as composer in its dazzling variety of voices and styles. Following the prayer Who By Fire by House of Love, Ian McCulloch soars through Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye, adding his own melancholy twist to the song's sublime sadness; The Pixies storm through I Can't Forget at their characteristic fast pace, whilst That Petrol Emotion poignantly render Stories Of The Street and James perform a meandering but moving So Long Marianne. Stephen Duffy of The Lilac Time gently caresses Bird On A Wire, followed by the Ugandan singer Geoffrey Oryema whose Suzanne, embellished by flute and a trio of guitars, fades out on a click-filled chorus.

Quite brutal is David McComb's exploration of the sleazy Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on which shakes, rattles and rolls along with the best of the psychotic beats, while Dead Famous People, produced by Serge Gainsbourg, make a surprising success of a bubblegum singalong rendition of True Love Leaves No Traces. The star of the show is John Cale as he paints a truly great soundscape with only voice and piano in Hallelujah, a classic which would have remained buried in Cohen's own rather monotone version. Others are not so great: REM's sloppy First We Take Manhattan and Nick Cave's pointless
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brendan J. Foreman on January 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
1. That Petrol Emotion doing "Stories of the Street"
2. A raucous "Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on" by David McComb and Adam Peters
3. The now classic version of "Hallelujah" by John Cale.
Like many tribute albums, this has its down moments (REM sounds like a self-parody here) and its mediocre moments (Lloyd Cole does a "nothing to write home about" version of "Chelsea Hotel"). But most of these tracks give us different, often intriguing interpretations of some superb music. The fact that they can withstand these differing perspectives certainly speaks to the integrity and overall excellence of these songs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Holsinger on December 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD when it first came out in the 90's, as part of my R.E.M comprehensive collection. Since that time, this has stayed constantly near or in my CD player. Each interpretation of his songs highlights the beauty of the lyric he composed.
I would be hard pressed to find a favorite track. I am a die hard R.E.M fan, but I don't think theirs is the best (near the top, maybe). But I would have to agree with most about The Pixies rendition of "I Can't Forget".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By arabey@kodak.com on June 4, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Tribute albums are always a mixed bag but the standard of material makes this listenable right the way through. The massive highlight for me is the Pixies doing 'I can't forget' in a true Pixies style and making it sound for all the world like it's always been their song - and one of their best songs at that. Truely breathtaking. If you like the Pixies and haven't heard this song buy the c.d. - it's worth it (and the rest is pretty good too!)
John Cale's cover of 'Hallelujah' is a real unexpected gem while James mix up the lyrics on 'So Long Marianne' but come out on top and House of Love do a luxurious 'Who by Fire'. REM are disappointing with a really unadventurous plod through 'First we take Manhattan' - I anticipated a much more interesting interprettation from them.
If you like Leonard Cohen or some of the bands here it's definitely worth getting - even the lesser covers don't damage some wonderful songs.
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