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I'm Your Fan: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen

Various Artists Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002ISX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,068 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
Street Release Date: 11/26/1991

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brings some light and fun to some brilliant words 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
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE INTERPRETATIONS 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 Tower Of Song, which is better interpreted by Robert Forster.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 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
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price just for three songs alone 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 80s tribute to a timeless classic
My fault for not looking more carefully at the artists' names before I excitedly bought this album for quite a few clams ... Read more
Published 15 months ago by GabbyG
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard my love
I am so madly in love with Leonard Cohen that it's a pleasure to listen to anything that pays a tribute to a man who truly is The Lord Of Song. Thank You
Published 17 months ago by cathy brachman
4.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen fan
I really like the various renditions of his songs. I especially liked "Halleujah". Some of the songs I hadn't heard before and was pleasantly surprised.
Published 19 months ago by P. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! fantabulous!!
I'm YOUR fan!!! Hey, how great! I wish I had contacted you earlier. Oh, why did I wait? Got be the best!!!
Published 20 months ago by Lunar Pole
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm your fan..
the product was awesome. it's a specialty item. i paid 42.00 for it, I think. You find a copy in good condition and you know you love this stuff, don't hesitate until you hit a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by reluctant leonard cohen fan
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolutely, positively BEST Leonard Cohen cover album EVER
I think the title says it all. The best covers of Leonard Cohen songs ever. There is no disputing, no discussing, nothing. So many incredible covers. I love it, love it, love it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get hosed
After two listens I recorded REM's very nice cover of "First We Take Manhattan," then traded it off at my local used record/CD store. Nothing else of interest on it whatsoever. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by D. A Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
0 out of 1000 people will probably find this helpful, but here goes anyway. I've been loving this album since its 1991 release. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars I had a lot of fun with this
This is a tribute album with an assortment of artists and I think it needs to be approached as something where you'll probably not like some of the stuff. Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by Yadda 2x
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best song adaptations.
Nick Cave 's version of "Tower of song".
I had had this on record. Couldn't find it for free. I 've got it now on cd.
Published on October 24, 2009 by Panagiotis Tsigkanos
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