Create account Log in

New Skin for the Old Ceremony


Download links and information about New Skin for the Old Ceremony by Leonard Cohen. This album was released in 1974 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 37:21 minutes.

Artist: Leonard Cohen
Release date: 1974
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 11
Duration: 37:21
Buy on iTunes $9.99
Buy on Amazon $9.99


No. Title Length
1. Is This What You Wanted 4:18
2. Chelsea Hotel #2 3:08
3. Lover Lover Lover 3:24
4. Field Commander Cohen 4:04
5. Why Don't You Try 3:54
6. There Is a War 3:04
7. A Singer Must Die 3:21
8. I Tried to Leave You 2:42
9. Who By Fire 2:37
10. Take This Longing 4:10
11. Leaving Green Sleeves 2:39



After the generally restrained, often bare arrangements of Leonard Cohen’s first three studio albums, New Skin for the Old Ceremony—Cohen’s fourth studio album—allowed for grander instrumentation. Producer John Lissauer and Cohen broke the spell at just the right moment. The opener, “Is This What You Wanted,” starts with a distinct level of defiance and the sound of drums clearly meant to surprise. “Chelsea Hotel #2”—Cohen’s parable regarding an encounter with Janis Joplin—remains the album’s best-known song and one of Cohen’s all-time finest, written with his guitarist Ron Cornelius. “Who by Fire” and “Take This Longing” further continued Cohen’s streak of writing solemn but spirited songs that felt timeless. “Lover Lover Lover,” “Field Commander Cohen,” and “Leaving Green Sleeves” (based on a reworking of the 15th-century folk song) demonstrated Cohen’s wilder (often humorous) side, which hadn't been overt on previous studio albums. While this set has never attained the "essential" tag of his first three studio albums, in many ways it’s more truthful to Cohen’s full range and more easily enjoyed for its humor.