- Released: April 23, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Sony Legacy
Rolling Stone - p.784.5 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he tunes remain surefire four decades later....This is deep, witty and enduring stuff."
Spin - p.108
"[S]tripped-down, world-weary folk songs....[They] still hold an uncanny attractiveness today."
Q - p.1324 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he imagery woven through the likes of 'Sisters Of Mercy' proved that no one, not even Bob Dylan, had such a complete mastery of words."
Q - p.1325 stars out of 5
- "[With] a dark wit and sophistication..."
Magnet - p.93
"[T]he tentative, almost boyish softness of Cohen's first folksinging forays only underscores his grim lyrics."
Dirty Linen - p.43
"[The] impeccable production put Cohen's melancholy , sensuous baritone at the forefront, with an impressive array of subtle instrumental embellishments lurking in the background."
No Depression - p.76
"[The songs] have a timeless and ageless power, even when they're awash in '60s countercultural meaning."
- 2.Master Song
- 3.Winter Lady
- 4.The Stranger Song
- 5.Sisters of Mercy
- 6.So Long, Marianne
- 7.Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
- 8.Stories of the Street
- 10.One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
- 11.Store Room - (previously unreleased)
- 12.Blessed Is the Memory - (previously unreleased)
Liner Note Author: Anthony DeCurtis.
Recording information: 1967.
Photographers: David Gahr; Bob Cato; Leonard Cohen.
Leonard Cohen's debut album encapsulated the performer's artistry. A successful poet and novelist, he came to music through the folk idiom, and this set combines the aural simplicity and visual clarity of these two passions. Cohen's lugubrious voice brought an intensity to a haunting collection bound together by beautiful melodies and deeply personal lyrics. Members of contemporary group Kaleidoscope join producer John Simon in creating a delicate backdrop for some memorable love songs. Cohen's ability to be both intimate and universal is a rare gift and results in a body of work that is both timeless and enthralling, albeit a bit sombre.