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Sisters Of Mercy

October 22, 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Duration: 3:32 minutes
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  • ASIN: B00136JBZA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,149 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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By Rice on August 30, 2013
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I have always remembered this song and played it in my head often. I thought I was the only one who knew this song until I heard it playing on an episode of Criminal Minds (Longest Night).
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I have been a fan of Leonard Cohen, and have loved this song, since it was newly released and only available on vinyl-- for you young folk, there was once a time when there were no MP3s, nor even cassettes you could play on (clunky) cassette Walkmans-- if you wanted to carry your music around with you, it would have been necessary to carry a record player (the size of a suitcase, for a not-very-good one!) and a few miles of extension cord-- the advent of the cassette tape was a very big deal.

Thus, music was in many ways more communal-- we gathered around record players in the Sixties and early Seventies, listening together to music that the entire group wanted to hear, rather then individuals having personal earphones.

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet/composer, was a favorite of the more intellectual youth-- he was at the far end of the spectrum from the bubblegum, pop sounds of AM radio (FM was just coming on line). His lyrics are intense, his themes of love and loss are tinged with deep melancholy. He was always a better writer than singer, and his arrangements may now seem very dated (I admit, I've never liked his back-up girl singers, and frequently preferred his songs covered by Judy Collins, for example), but his writing has passed the test of time-- his songs are as good, and as current, as they were new, probably because they were never written for a particular time, but for the human condition. If you don't know Cohen, the Sisters of Mercy is a good place to start, or Suzanne-- but choosing is difficult, with Famous Blue Raincoat, Chelsea Hotel #2 (I used to live a block from the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan), Bird on the Wire... If you don't yet know Leonard Cohen, now is a good time to begin; if you haven't listened to him in years, you'll discover that hearing him now isn't an exercise in nostalgia, but of new discoveries amongst still-familiar lyrics.
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