Famous Blue Raincoat
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Famous Blue Raincoat: 20th Anniversary Edition (Digitally Remastered)
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Import edition of the hit vocalist's acclaimed 1986 collection of Leonard Cohen covers which is long out of print in the US. Highlights include, 'First We Take Manhattan', 'Bird On A Wire' and 'Joan Of Arc' with guest vocal by Leonard Cohen. BMG. 2005.
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Compared with the original CD release, the sound on this remastered version is better in almost every respect, with the possible exception of the first song "First We Take Manhattan," in which a slight, digital-sounding sibilance has been added to Warnes voice. The other cuts are just great, with the digital remastering adding a more authoritative bass note and greater ambience and spaciousness to the soundstage. .
If the overall improved sound isn't enough, this remastered album offers four additional performances of Cohen compositions that are not from the original studio album sessions, including a Warnes-only live version of Joan of Arc, which is riveting even though it doesn't offer the magical duet with Cohen featured on the original studio album. Each of the four additional cuts would have been worthy of inclusion on the original release of Famous Blue Raincoat, which is high praise indeed.
Americans barely noticed this superb collection during its initial release; it was overshadowed by Warnes' #1 song "The Time Of My Life" of the same year. However, I don't believe anyone can say he or she has heard Jennifer Warnes at her best without hearing this recording! Warnes' immaculate interepretation of "Famous Blue Raincoat" blows Tori Amos' well-known version out of the water! Just as exquisite are "Bird On A Wire," "First We Take Manhattan" and "Ain't No Cure For Love." Warnes and her co-producer, C. Roscoe Beck, handpicked a batch of amazing musicians for this 1987 CD, including a Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar performance that is mind-blowing! Snatch this anniversary-edition CD up and listen to it like there is no tomorrow ... it's brilliant!
This edition's remastering is spectacular, and it suits the legendary engineering of this album perfectly. And the bonus tracks are anything but "B" material. Oh, and just wait until you hear Warnes' live solo version of "Joan of Arc"! Chances are, you'll be left speechless.
This CD is a must for any audiophile or fan of solid, intelligent, vibrant music. I'd give this CD 100 stars if I could! Buy this CD for yourself and an extra one for someone you love.
Somehow a shame to state this -JW being a singer/songwriter- but if you 're thinking of buying just one of her albums, let this be the one (especially this edition containing extra tracks): you won't be dissapointed !