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Went to see Leonard Cohen in concert at the Manchester Opera House on Friday (20 June). It was, without doubt, the most wonderful performance I've ever seen! The guy was pure magic - his voice deeper than ever, but loud and clear. He got his first (of many) standing ovations the minute he stepped onto the stage. The audience just loved him, and he seemed to be having just as good a time.
It cost me an arm and a leg to buy the tickets from eBay (the concert was sold out almost immediately) but I'd love to go see him again. He has four more dates in the UK, but there are rumours of his tour being extended due to the overwhelming demand. If you get the chance - take it. An experience I will never forget.
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The Wife and I just watched "I'm Your Man" over the weekend. It was filled with largely disappointing readings of his songs, but the interviews with the Man himself were worth sitting through the rest. I reckon the man puts on a great show. He's hell of compelling just to look at, and when he opens his mouth... Man, I'm jealous.
 
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I've always held a theory that Cohen, despite his voice, is always better covered. The major exception being a few tracks off of The Future.

(Speaking of The Future, "Closing Time" is easily my favorite Cohen song and the one I would love to hear a great cover of.)
 
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I've been a LC fan since the late Sixties (Master Song, Suzanne.) I became redevoted when I happened to hear Everybody Knows on a Detroit radio station in the mid Nineties.

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For a second there I thought this thread was going to say he died.

Anyway, I absolutely love Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs From a Room, Songs of Love and Hate, and New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

Then he changed his sound for Death of a Ladies' Man and molted one of the worst albums ever made.

He has done some stuff I like since then, but nothing that I've wanted to own.
 
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erak wrote:
I've always held a theory that Cohen, despite his voice, is always better covered.


I liked Nina Simone's version of Suzanne almost as much as his, but that's the closest I've heard a cover achieve what he did with his songs.

That said, I don't really love Halleluia despite the Jeff Buckley's solid attempt.

Ian McCulloch's Lover Lover Lover is good.

I haven't heard the Willy Nelson version of Bird on a Wire, but the Johnny Cash didn't do anything to add to an already perfect song.

Concrete Blonde are as usual unlistenable.

I've not heard I'm Your Fan, so I can't vouch for those, but for me he does his songs the best.
 
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For me his voice is just a little too much like chalk on a blackboard, much as I like the songs, but I have promised to accompany Spouse to the appropriate stage at Glastonbury this weekend so I could well come back converted.
 
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