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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man [Soundtrack]

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listen  1. Tower Of SongMartha Wainwright 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tonight Will Be FineTeddy Thompson 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm Your ManNick Cave 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Winter LadyKate McGarrigle 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sisters Of MercyBeth Orton 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chelsea Hotel No. 2Rufus Wainwright 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. If It Be Your WillAntony 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Can't ForgetJarvis Cocker 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Famous Blue RaincoatThe Handsome Family 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bird On A WirePerla Batalla 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Everybody KnowsRufus Wainwright 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The TraitorMartha Wainwright 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. SuzanneNick Cave 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The FutureTeddy Thompson 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. AnthemPerla Batalla 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tower Of Song (from the Motion Picture Soundtrack ''Leonard Cohen: Im Your Man'', released on Verve Forcast.)Leonard Cohen 5:44Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • ASIN: B000G73UEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Already an accomplished poet and novelist before he ambled into the music business in his mid-'30s, Leonard Cohen has remained as musically influential as he is publicly enigmatic for four decades. This celebration of Cohen's songbook began as a free concert that quickly mushroomed into a star-studded live tribute film shot at Sydney's famed Opera House and Brighton Dome. Musically supervised by Hal Willner (who's produced similar recorded tributes to Mingus, Monk, Rota and Weill), it recasts Cohen's evocative, emotionally uncompromising songs in compelling performances by singers who range from fellow cult heroes Nick Cave and Beth Orton to energetic newcomer Teddy Thompson and even rock gods U2. The latter's powerful collaboration with Cohen himself on the signature "Tower of Song" bookends Martha Wainright's solo opening rendition of the composition, deftly underscoring the project's eclectic artisanship in the bargain. Cave somehow channels the title track through Chicago's South Side via Weimar Berlin, while Teddy Thompson ponders "The Future" with exuberance and The Handsome Family informs "Famous Blue Raincoat" with elegant melodrama. Other standouts include Rufus Wainwright's nouveau Tango work-up of "Everybody Knows," Perla Batalla's gorgeous, Norteño-seasoned "Bird On a Wire" and her collaborations with Cave and Julia Christenson on "Suzanne" and "Anthem." A collection that's both a savvy primer to Cohen's catalog and impressive artistic achievement in its own right. --Jerry McCulley

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Songwriter. Poet. Counter-culture icon. Consummate ladies' man. Leonard Cohen is one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960s. Director Lian Lunson's critically acclaimed new film, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man is an intimate look at the songs, poetry and life of one of music's most celebrated and influential troubadours. The film and the soundtrack CD feature powerful live performances of Cohen masterpieces by an impressive array of today's top singer-songwriters from the historic Came So Far for Beauty tribute concerts produced by Hal Willner.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same performances from the DVD... December 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sadly if you are looking for Martha Wainwright's amazing performance of The Traitor from the DVD Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, you won't find it here. For some strange reason they have used alternate versions of the music from the DVD for this CD. For me this was unexpected as I got the CD 'Original Soundtrack' for the performances I had seen on the DVD. Seems like I was duped.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is Hallelujah ?????? May 7, 2007
By B. Byrd
Format:Audio CD
I am a long time fan of Leonard Cohen and thoroughly enjoyed the "I'm Your Man" DVD, so happily bought the soundtrack...... BUT where are my favorites on this cd? The Traitor version is different from the amazing dvd rendition, and my all time favorite tune from the movie, Hallelujah, is missing!!!

Most people are probably familiar with, and prefer, the Buckley rendition of this wonderful Cohen song. I, too, loved it until I was blessed to hear the Rufus Wainwright version -- now nothing else compares, especially with the harmonies and additional performers on the dvd. Yes, you can find the song by Rufus on one of his albums, but it's not the one from the dvd -- even the director expressed disappointment at its ommission from what should be a compillation of the best and most important songs.

Still worth a listen, especially for Antony's chilling version of "If it be your will" and a couple others, but I need to learn to read the song list & also how to get an audio dub from the film!!!

Get the DVD instead!
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58 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I so wanted to love this cd... July 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are a few good songs here...No, there are a few really great covers of Leonard's masterpieces. Unfortunately there are several that left me just shaking my head and wondering why something better was not presented to showcase this genius of a song writer.


Antony's cover of "If It Be Your Will" (worth the price of the cd)

ANTHEM sung by Batalla/Christensen is sublime.

Also, the 2 songs by Thompson are quite good, especially "The Future."

What was done to some of these pieces seemed tragic. "Winter Lady" is a lowlight, as is "Famous Blue Raincoat."

This should have been so much better. Better song selections and certainly better renditions of Cohen's wonderful songs.

There are some really great Cohen covers out there so I know it can be done. Better yet, listen to The Man himself. No one tops Leonard singing Leonard.

I wish this was better, but do consider it for the Highlights. They are very good.

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The magic of Cohen comes alive November 4, 2006
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There are some magnificent, some great and some merely competent interpretations of Leonard Cohen's music on this soundtrack album. First the highlights. Tower Of Song by Martha Wainwright with its intricate guitars is a powerful interpretation of the classic. The lilting and sensual Tonight Will Be Fine by Teddy Thompsom is magnificent - his voice resembles that of Springsteen.

Then comes the tremulous and atmospheric Winter Lady by Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Martha Wainwright, a true gem. Beth Orton does a splendid version of Sisters Of Mercy with her slow and emphatic enunciation supported by lovely backing vocals. Perla Batalla's Bird On A Wire and The Traitor by Martha Wainwright with its opening trumpets are great, and both have exquisite instrumentation.

The weaving voices of Nick Cave, Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla make Suzanne quite special, whilst Teddy Thompson does justice to The Future in this rhythmic, uptempo version of the eerie song with its apocalyptic vision of the future. The evocative Anthem is a duet between Batalla and Christensen, a classic interpretation with soulful organ and uplifting vocals.

I found the following tracks competent but not really exceptional: The sax-heavy I'm Your Man by Nick Cave, Chelsea Hotel by Rufus Wainwright, the soulful If It Be Your Will by Antony, I Can't Forget by Jarvis Cocker, Famous Blue Raincoat by the Handsome Family and the breezy Everybody Knows by Rufus Wainwright.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tribute! October 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Watched the special on Sundance Channel as I'm a huge U2 fan and saw them in the commercial for it. I had never heard of Leonard Cohen previously. I am now a big fan as a direct result of this special (U2 and Leonard sing the last song on the cd "Tower of Song.") So the soundtrack is as awesome as the special, however one disappointment was that the song Hallejulah was not on the soundtrack cd. But never fear buy the Essential Leonard Cohen as well and you will not be disappointed in the least! Hallejulah and all the others are there and much, much more. I am now a lifetime fan of Leonard Cohen and am sharing the experience with all my music friends!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb concert recording November 5, 2006
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I was at the Brighton concerts that these recordings were mostly taken from and as a reminder of two stunning nights of music they can't be better. Standout tracks include the two by Martha Wainwright, the two by Teddy Thompson, Perla Batalla's "Bird on a Wire", Rufus' "Chelsea Hotel" and (from the Sydney concert) Antony's "If it be your Will". Two major disappointments though; the inclusion of U2 as backing band for Leonard Cohen's own version of "Tower of Song" seems done for purely commercial reasons and doesn't work, and the nonsensical ommission of Linda Thompson's sublime take on "Alexandra Leaving". Here's hoping it's included on the dvd release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Cohen album
My favorite Cohen album! But unfortunately this particular version didn't Hallelujah and some of the other songs were in other versions than the ones I know and love, so this album... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aasrun Engstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
I only wish that they had included the Rufus Wainwright version of Hallelujah on this. But it is excellent. I am a Leonard Cohen fan.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Beardslee
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top 20!
I believe Leonard Cohen is one of the finest poets on the planet.Though I love hearing the songs in his own rich,deep voice,the renditions given by other artists are done well... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alma
5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
One of the best Cohen albums ever. I have worn out numerous cd copies.. A great poet, arranger, etc. etc. Really fine.
Published 8 months ago by Marge's Opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I bought this CD after watching the documentary of the same name. I have to admit that I wasn't at all familiar with Leonard Cohen before the documentary, but I enjoyed the music... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rebecca Mugridge
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Arrived Late to the Leonard Cohen Party
I saw this on public television a few years ago. Until then, I really didn't know anything about Leonard except that he had written Hallelujah and Suzanne. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lilli S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Leonard Cohen is the master poet of the 20th Century, and his music is filled with the same brilliant imagery, mystery and beauty that made him the great poet he was.
Published 11 months ago by fast horse
4.0 out of 5 stars I Still Prefer Cohen's Originals.
On this soundtrack you'll find cover versions of many of Leonard Cohen's best songs. Well-known artists such as Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Teddy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Morten Vindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars What an artist. Just discovered I've been listening to his poetry for...
The brilliance and depth of this man is astounding. Each word/phrase/tone penetrates a place that is so deep. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kathryn Wagner
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much left off. Shoulda' been two...
I would rate this CD five stars if it included all the wonderful songs on the DVD that are for some reason not to be found here. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Miller
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wonderful music, horrible movie
I watched this movie and never once noticed that there were too many monotonous close-ups or a lack of camera angles and I consider myself fairly adroit when it comes to seeing a film's short-comings. Perhaps I was too mesmerized by the performances themselves. In any collection of songs there... Read More
Apr 23, 2007 by Indello |  See all 2 posts
saw the movie, nice performances
Just saw Martha on Letterman doing a slam-dunk on "Tower of Song." Previously been unimpressed with Antony, but will maintain an open mind. Looking very forward to this CD release as well as the film. Such a shame that Leo's songs are (almost) always better when covered/interpreted by... Read More
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