Must Have Box Set: Leonard Cohen Complete Studio Album Collection

Posted by The G on October 25, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Leonard Cohen - The Complete Studio Albums Collection. Available October 25, 2011


If you don’t know the music and words of Leonard Cohen, you are doing your ears and your mind a great disservice.  The Leonard Cohen concert experience ranks among the best shows I’ve ever seen as people of all ages are frequently moved to tears with Cohen’s poetry.  My first known exposure to Leonard Cohen was in 1995 when the tribute album “Tower of Song” was released.  It featured many of my favorite singers such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Don Henley, Peter Gabriel, Bono and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode singing Cohen’s songs.  A year later, Jeff Buckley covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Leonard Cohen’s music was introduced to a new generation.  Sony’s Legacy Division is releasing yet another must have box set today:  Leonard Cohen: The Complete Studio Album collection.  It includes all 17 albums he’s released for Columbia including several live albums (full list is below).  I highly recommend this set as you’ll be hard pressed to find lyrics that are as poetic.  If you think this box set is too overwhelming, you may want to start with the double album “the Essential Leonard Cohen” and work your way up from there.  After you hear songs such as “I’m Your Man,” “Suzanne,” “Coming Back To You,” “Bird on a Wire,” “the Future,” “Tower of Song” and the list goes on, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the brilliance that is Leonard Cohen.

Albums included in “The Complete Studio Album Collection” are:

Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968)

Songs From a Room (1969)

Songs of Love and Hate (1971)

Live Songs (1973)

New Skin For The Old Ceremony (1974)

Death of a Ladies Man (1977)

Recent Songs (1979)

Various Positions (1985)

I’m Your Man (1988)

The Future (1992)

Cohen Live (1994)

Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 (2001)

Ten New Songs (2001)

Dear Heather (2004)

Live In London (2009)

Songs From the Road (2010)

Live at the Isle of Wight (2011)

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