Live In London
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2009 two CD set from the acclaimed singer/songwriter, recorded during his 2008 world tour. For over 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. Cohen remains one of the most compelling and enigmatic musical figures of his era, and one of the very few of that era who commands as much respect and attention The set was taken from his July 17, 2008 performance at London's O2 Arena during his world tour last year. The Live in London release fully captures and recreates the extraordinary show from that tour that earned Cohen more than 80 five-star reviews for his performances. Features 25 tracks including Cohen classics such as 'If It be Your Will,' 'I'm Your Man' and 'Hallelujah.'
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The performance is spectacular on this set and very typical of the level of quality the current world tour has been regularly achieving at various venues. The backing singers and band members are all in top form and Leonard himself sounds in good voice. Sharon Robinson and the Webb sisters provide background vocals, while Roscoe Beck, Neil Larsen, Javier Mas, Bob Metzger, Dino Soldo, and Rafael Bernando Gayol comprise the band. Leonard throws out some light banter at times and probably is too gracious in the regular and profuse compliments he gives out to his supporting players.
On a technical level the recording is very good and sounds better than most live cds. The cds are mastered by Bob Ludwig, a well-known and respected mastering engineer. He did a fine job here as the music shows no signs of overcompression or clipping. The audience is well-behaved and generally can not be heard during the songs, though vigorous applause greets each song and Leonard's sly jokes.
The set captures the live magic of Leonard Cohen's current tour with many fine performances. While not every song on here is the definitive live version, many are great like "Tower Of Song" and "Who By Fire". Anyone with a marginal interest in the music of Leonard Cohen needs to pick up this cd set. It is essential in my estimation as a document of Leonard Cohen's current live performances. Hopefully more dates from this tour will be officially released.
My only complaint would be the amount and duration of the "audience" sounds they mixed into the opening of each song.
Let's face it....when you're listening to a 2-Ch stereo recording, hearing the audience clap in the "front" speakers just doesn't cut it.
It's basically just distracting "noise' that was added to the mix and quite annoying for me.
I'm not a fan of Multi-Channel sound but when done properly and audience noise is only added to the side and rear speakers, it sounds better than clapping added to the front only. Stereo recordings should NEVER have audience noise added just for effect in the mix. It's OK on the first or last song, but mostly it's distracting noise. OK...I KNOW it's a live concert but I don't want to listen to the audience clapping on each song. They could have eliminated it because it's so obvious it was deliberately added and simply sounds phony.