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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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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003VSVWA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel September 24, 2009)
2. Bird On The Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland November 6, 2008)
3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England November 17, 2008)
4. Heart With No Companion (Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany November 2, 2008)
5. That Don t Make It Junk (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
6. Waiting For The Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, California November 13, 2009)
7. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, SwedenOctober 12, 2008)
8. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, EnglandNovember 30, 2008)
9. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland October 10, 2008)
10. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
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Disc: 2
1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel September 24, 2009)
2. Bird On The Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland November 6, 2008)
3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England November 17, 2008)
4. Heart With No Companion (Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany November 2, 2008)
5. That Don t Make It Junk (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
6. Waiting For The Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, California November 13, 2009)
7. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, SwedenOctober 12, 2008)
8. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England November 30, 2008)
9. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland October 10, 2008)
10. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England November 13, 2008)
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Editorial Reviews

Following the celebration of his 40th year as a Columbia artist in 2007 and coinciding with his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, Cohen thrilled his fans by announcing his first tour dates in 15 years. He's gone on to play the most prestigious and beautiful venues in virtually every corner of the globe, mesmerizing and charming audiences with performances that were hailed as some of the best of his career. When legend Cohen takes to the stage, raved Ireland's The Independent (June 2008), it's no less than a cultural event of Biblical dimensions.

One dozen of Leonard Cohen's most famous songs from those recent world tour performances at auditorium halls, festivals, arenas, and stadiums from Tel Aviv to London, from across Europe to the California desert and his native Canada are now collected on Songs From the Road. The 12-song program filmed in high definition and recorded in 5.1 surround sound will be issued in three separate packages: CD+DVD in a beautiful softpak with a 12-page book, Blu-ray, and 2-LP 180-gram audiophile vinyl in a gatefold jacket.

Customer Reviews

As always with Leonard Cohen, great music.
Jeannie Brown
This is a great CD/DVD mix, with a wonderful collection of songs taken from various performances on Leonard Cohen's 2008-2009 tour.
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I like it more each time I listen to this cd.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After the release of "Live in London" in March of last year, and "Live at the Isle of Wright 1970" in October of last year, Leonard Cohen has just released another, yes ANOTHER, live album/DVD combo. I have to admit that my first reaction was "money grabbing move!!" I mean, last year's "Live in London" 2CD/DVD combo is a fantastic document from his on-going (never-ending?) world tour.

"Songs From the Road" (12 tracks; 66 min.) brings a collection of tunes recorded all over the world during the 08-09 world tour. Upon reviewing the set list closer, I was pleasantly surprised that there is only a 4 song overlap (Bird on a Wire; Suzanne; Hallelujah; Closing Time) between this and the "Live in London" album. Testament to the depth of Cohen's catalogue, for one. There are some really great songs on here, including "Lover, Lover, Lover" (one of my all-time favorite Cohen songs), but also "Famous Blue Raincoat" and some lesser-known songs like "Heart With No Companhion" and "That Don't Make It Junk". The DVD (91 min.) brings the same 12 songs and some bonus backstage footage filmed by Cohen's daughter. Of course, considering that the capacity of a DVD is about 3 hrs, the DVD is under-used. At the same time, the quality is a step up from the "Live in London" footage.

Incredibly, there is also a track on here ("Hallelujah") from the set I saw Leonard Cohen do at the Coachella music festival last year. Cohen's set, which happened just as the sun was setting, was one of THE highlights of the entire festival for me. So immediately this became a must-have for me, period. So it may be there a hint of "money-grabbing" by releasing this collection, but in the end, who would begrudge the legendary Leonard Cohen?
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By S. Spilka on September 18, 2010
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I love Leonard Cohen! I am ashamed to admit how many times I've listened to and viewed his "Leonard Cohen in London." But this DVD, "Songs from the Road" is, in my view, much inferior to "Leonard Cohen in London." It does have new songs, but what is missing is Cohen's wonderful rapport with the audience, and with his players, which the "London" dvd exhibits. The sweetness of Leonard Cohen, mixed in with the darkness and shadows that accompany almost every song, is displayed in the London dvd, not only through the songs, but through his remarks to the audience, through his praise for each of the players in his band, and through the camera, which follows him and his band loyally and lovingly, punctuating the carefully planned rhythmic patterns. "Songs from the Road," by contrast, is uneven. Sometimes the stage is so far away that it is hard to discern the individual players. At times the audio quality is inferior. The "Hallelujah" song is much more inspiring and coherent in the London dvd. "Closing Time" is also much more grandly executed in the London dvd. Whereas the London dvd manifests deliberate variations in the tempo and themes of songs, "Songs from the Road" is mostly slow and dark. Indeed "The Partisan" is a great song, but it is an exception. What I am missing most in this dvd is the warmth and the exuberance of Leonard Cohen in London. Even the "Backstage Sketch" by Cohen's daughter, Lorca, is disappointing. It seems that as she followed the players around, no one particularly wanted to talk, except for Dino Soldo (a wonderful wind instruments player who is not given his due in this dvd). It is a "sketch" indeed, and a dull one at that. She does not even interview her own father--which is probably not her fault. So, in sum, the performances are uneven, the songs are not very exciting, and the brilliance of the London dvd is dimmed by shadows. If you can buy only one of them, buy the London dvd, without question.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on September 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Has a sharper-sounding, better mixed, more passionate, organic live album been released? There is reason to doubt it.

All the more power to Leonard Cohen that he has been able to command high prices as of late in his touring - after all, he needs the money - but for those with sophisticated musical taste and a wallet that is incongruous "Songs from the Road" is a mighty handsome consolation prize.

The applause from the audience is non-intrusive, but warm and enthusiastic. Cohen wraps his warm, trademark voice around every syllable. His backing vocalists complement him with angelic, lilting, delicate beauty, and his touring musicians are impeccable - never a beat is missed.

To see and hear this live CD/DVD combo on the home entertainment system is better than being in row 200 at the concert. After all, Cohen's idiosyncrasies and incisive lyrics are too heady and sublime - in a setting that lacks intimacy they lose something.

With "Songs from the Road" we get the feel of an audience of thousands appreciating the music, but they are firmly in the background. The sound quality here is the quality of being fifth row center. The knowledge that these songs were recorded at various venues is remarkable, as they flow seamlessly on the CD.

The urgent, complex "Waiting for a Miracle" sounds undilutedly smoky and probing, and "Lover Lover Lover" is a rousing joy to hear - the bristling enthusiasm Cohen displays here is something most of his peers are, by now, phoning in or feigning during live appearances. The same can be said for the particularly poetic "Chelsea Hotel."

"Avalanche," from 1971's "Songs of Love and Hate," is sharply draped in cool, elegant vengeance. The iconic, eloquent "Suzanne" still sounds fresh as well.
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