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Old Ideas [Limited Edition]

Leonard CohenVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)


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For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power – he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human ... Read more in Amazon's Leonard Cohen Store

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  • Vinyl (January 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0068DZSTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Home
2. Amen
3. Show Me The Place
4. Darkness
5. Anyhow
6. Crazy To Love You
7. Come Healing
8. Banjo
9. Lullaby
10. Different Sides

Editorial Reviews

Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 album from master singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Here are 10 new songs that mine the heart, shake the body and break the boundaries as everybody knows only Leonard can do. A signature of our time, Leonard's baritone holds us like the voices of Hank, Frank and Ray. These are songs that nobody knows and everyone will treasure. The album was produced with Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Complementing Cohen's signature baritone on Old Ideas are the exceptional vocalists Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer Warnes. The album's cover design and drawings are Cohen's own.

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173 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best January 31, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly great Leonard Cohen album in my view - something I've not been able to say for too many years. The music often sounds delicate but has a laid back robustness about it, too, with his trademark simple melodies and a very welcome varied sound and style, with elements of country, blues, gospel and rock. There are also the beautiful and familiar female backing vocals, and some simply magnificent work from a varied band - the trumpet on "Amen," for example, is unexpected and absolutely spellbinding.

Cohen's voice these days has passed through the Whisky & Cigarettes stage and is well on the way to a Chronic Bronchitis sound, but he still has that fabulous depth and resonance beneath the weariness and the creaks. He hovers between singing and speaking for much of this album even more than previously, but as a friend once said to me, "No one can sing a Leonard Cohen song the way Cohen himself can't." How true. He is miked very close so, particularly when listening on headphones, it really feels as though he is present and whispering into your ear.

All this is perfect for the songs here, whose lyrics are Cohen at his best: thoughtful, allusive, melancholy, witty and sometimes provoking. The religious imagery he has always used so brilliantly is well in evidence, and it is striking how much of it is now specifically Christian. Broken relationships, suffering and death have always been in the corner of Cohen's eye whatever he is writing about. They are often in plain sight here and are treated with insight, resignation, compassion and beauty. The old witty twinkle and his self-deprecatory streak are still there, though, and shine through what is often a very elegiac atmosphere.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars between the opening and closing of a door February 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Carl Sandburg defined poetry as what is seen in that brief moment between the opening and closing of a door. I have listened to Leonard Cohen for much of my adult life and reveled in the mastery and consummate skills shown during the recent tour, especially Live in London. Frankly, I thought that was close to the end of the third act. I knew he cut part of the tour after he injured his back and thought that was the shadow descending. Thus, I was completely unprepared for this recording.

A friend told be to rush to hear it. He had listened to it while driving and had to stop by the side of the road: to think, to feel , to cry. I have just listened and simply cannot recall its equal. This is the essential man and the singular human. Everyone will hear the words through a different ear. It has the deepest sadness I have heard spoken to music in the modern era. " Crazy has places to hid in" and so does genius.

One review said all must be right with the world that a 77 year old man could give such a gift of brilliance. This is what words and music were meant to convey. We live close to Montreal and go to the neighborhood that Leonard lives in. I have always imagined seeing him walk down the street and , in some ways, wait for the waters to part. This is a very rare human being and this is a remarkable and touching reminder of what life can give us. If you have lived life at all, this collection of songs will change you.
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103 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAR MUSIC APPRECIATORS January 31, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciators,

I come to this album as one who knows little about Leonard Cohen and his music. I've admired both the Jeff Buckley and Brandi Carlile covers of "Hallelujah," and I remember liking the Concrete Blonde cover of "Everybody Knows" when it appeared on the PUMP UP THE VOLUME soundtrack. I know Cohen is Canadian and that he is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential singer-songwriters of our time. Despite the countless times I've read his name when reading about music over the years, I just never got around to him. Some of you may consider this an unforgivable admission of musical ignorance, while other Cohen newbies like me can take solace in the knowledge that they are not alone.

And now I see Leonard Cohen, seventy-seven years old, sitting in a black suit, black hat, and black sunglasses on his enigmatic, black-shadowed album cover at the top of the Amazon sales charts and I can't help but think "it must be time for me to get around to Leonard Cohen..."

Hearing OLD IDEAS has taught me that popping my Cohen cherry so relatively late in my musical fandom is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because apparently I have now just skimmed the surface of a true treasure trove that I can savor digging into deeply for the first time. A curse because these are treasures that could have been with me all along. I have been missing out until now but it is time to make up for lost time with Leonard.

I imagine true fans of the man will already know all about this album. They will already know that this is another great one and that it's worth the time they will put into it.
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92 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Coming For Me Darling January 31, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is from Banjo, one of the songs on LC's great new album, Old Ideas.

It's a broken banjo bobbing
On the dark infested sea

It's coming for me darling
No matter where I go

Its duty is to harm me
My duty is to know

What's going on here? What is the dark sea infested with? Why is the banjo broken, menacing? How come it's after the 77 year old songwriter, intent on harming the gracious and self deprecating old fellow?

We never learn. Perhaps this is a merciful thing...

Over the course of his lifetime Cohen's ever more gravelly baritone has at times been the voice of the prophet, the muse, the lecher, the lover, the poet, the madman and oftentimes, the priest. All are represented in Old Ideas, a remarkable new collection of songs by the master.

This is a starkly existential album. It traces a thin line along the edge of an abyss. But even as it does so, it holds out the hope of redemption and the promise of restoration - a coming out of the darkness and into the light.

Darkness is one song I just can't get out of my mind. It's a taut and sinister twelve bar that's at any moment ready to snap. The tension is unbelievable:

I caught the darkness
It was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
Drinking from your cup
I said, "Is this contagious?"
You said, "Just drink it up."

Meanwhile Leonard finger picks insistently, Neil Larsen weaves a haunting refrain on the Hammond B3, and when Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters kick in with a vocal of urgent and barely restrained desire it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Ideas - A Leonard Cohen CD
Won't disappoint Leonard Cohen fans.
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Published 9 days ago by Jim Tice
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like warm chocolate!
Cannot say enough about this voice...I hear he was quite the womanizer but who cares if he sounds like THAT?!?!
Published 1 month ago by M. St James
1.0 out of 5 stars don't even think about it
Such a great artist, why does he even lend his name to this album. I heard he needed the money after being ripped off by his agent but does he have to punish us by ripping us off?
Published 2 months ago by Michel Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album is his newest and one of his best. I own all of leonard cohens albums and old ideas is up there with his other works. His songwriting and music is second to none.
Published 2 months ago by kris Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrender to Humble Genius
I saw Leonard in 1970 in London then twenty something times later in Brighton in 2013. He is a true artist who respects and loves his audience and the team around him . Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of Leonard Cohen
First got this album from the library and played it nearly nonstop. After having to return it to the library I had to have my own copy. I still love to play it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by george
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best musicians ever
Cohen inspires me and melancholy delivery of new songs do not disappoint. I can't wait to get my tablet so i can hear it everywhere I go.
Published 3 months ago by Alejandro Rivas
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen
A friend took me to a Leonard Cohen concert and we both loved it. I bought a Leonard Cohen book and CD for her and she is enjoying that.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard
I love Leonard Cohen. I loved his young voice and I like his old voice even better. His back-up singers are excellent.
Published 3 months ago by madthebeader
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much!!!
It is a pleasure when you enjoy the music comes,
It arrived in perfect condition.
Thank you very much!!!
Gonza
Published 4 months ago by Gonzalo Giuliano
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Is this release coming with a CD?
I too am wondering the same. Other retailers' copies include it (I've seen Sears among others).
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