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The Essential Leonard Cohen


Download links and information about The Essential Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen. This album was released in 2002 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 31 tracks with total duration of 02:35:37 minutes.

Artist: Leonard Cohen
Release date: 2002
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 31
Duration: 02:35:37
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No. Title Length
1. Suzanne 3:47
2. The Stranger Song 4:58
3. Sisters of Mercy 3:32
4. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye 2:53
5. So Long, Marianne 5:36
6. Bird On a Wire 3:24
7. The Partisan 3:24
8. Famous Blue Raincoat 5:07
9. Chelsea Hotel #2 3:05
10. Take This Longing 4:05
11. Who By Fire 2:32
12. The Guests 6:38
13. Hallelujah 4:38
14. If It Be Your Will 3:41
15. Night Comes On 4:38
16. I'm Your Man 4:25
17. Everybody Knows 5:34
18. Tower of Song 5:36
19. Ain't No Cure for Love 4:49
20. Take This Waltz 5:58
21. First We Take Manhattan 5:50
22. Dance Me to the End of Love (Live) 6:04
23. The Future 6:40
24. Democracy 7:03
25. Waiting for the Miracle 7:42
26. Closing Time 5:57
27. Anthem 5:59
28. In My Secret Life 4:53
29. Alexandra Leaving 5:22
30. A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:26
31. Love Itself 5:21



Though he began his career as a poet and novelist, Leonard Cohen’s transition to song was easier than his limited singing skills might suggest. Never one blessed with great range or exceptional timbre, Cohen played to these weaknesses and made them his strengths, evoking humility and an aching sadness in his meticulously detailed stories of hope and doom. This hand-picked 31-track collection from the 2008 Rock n’ Roll of Fame inductee traces his career from ‘60s troubadour to modern day prophet of love and apocalypse. “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire,” and “Famous Blue Raincoat” are virtually standards. But Cohen’s catalog is extensive and satisfying, and his later work in the 1980s and beyond — when his voice deepens to a Biblical croak and his arrangements settle into an unusual, synthetic dance with death — are filled with stunning imagery and unsettling conclusions. “First We Take Manhattan” sounds like a spy film gone awry. “Democracy” and “The Future” deliver hope while flirting with the notion that all time is uncertain. Later tracks such as “Alexandra Leaving” and “A Thousand Kisses Deep” prove you’re never too old to find the romance in longing and love.