Leonard Cohen More Best of Leonard Cohen
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- Released: October 7, 1997
- Label: Sony
NME (Magazine) - 10/18/97, p.547 (out of 10) - "...Listened to at 9am, greeted with clear blue skies,...this record sounds utterly pointless. At 4am, however, after that fifth bottle of red wine, news of a loved one's elopement,...it sounds utterly brill..."
- 1.Everybody Knows
- 2.I'm Your Man
- 3.Take This Waltz
- 4.Tower of Song
- 7.The Future
- 8.Closing Time
- 9.Dance Me to the End of Love
- 12.Never Any Good - (previously unreleased)
- 13.Great Event, The - (previously unreleased)
Personnel includes: Leonard Cohen (vocals, keyboards); Jennifer Warnes, Anjani, Evelyine Hebey, Mayel Assouly, Elisabeth Valletti, Julie Christensen, David Morgan, Perla Batalla, Jackie Farris, Alex Brown (vocals); Bob Metzger (electric & pedal steel guitars, bass); Dean Parks (guitar, mandolin); Dennis Harring (guitar); John Bilezikjian (mandolin); David Campbell (strings); Bob Furgo (violin, keyboards); Paul Ostermayer (saxophone, keyboards); Stephen Zirkel (trumpet, keyboards, bass); Michel Robidoux, Jeff Fisher, Steve Lindsey, Randy Kerber, Bill Ginn, Tom McMorran (keyboards); Jorge Calderon, Lee Sklar (bass); Tom Brechtlein, Steve Meador, Vinnie Colaiuta, Curt Bisquera (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion, tambourine); LA Mass Choir.
Producers include: Leonard Cohen, Michael Robidoux, Gean-Michel Reusser, Rebecca De Mornay, Leanne Ungar.
Engineers include: Roger Guerin, Leanne Unger, Kevin Beauchamp, Ian Terry, Richard Cottrell.
Personnel: Leonard Cohen (vocals, keyboards, programming); Mayel Assouly, Victoria ?, Elisabeth Valletti, Evelyine Hebey, Jackie Farris, Jennifer Warnes, Julie Christensen, Alex Brown, Perla Batalla (vocals); Bob Metzger (guitar, electric guitar); Dean Parks (guitar, mandolin); Dennis Harring, Steve Metzger (guitar); John Bilezikjian (mandolin, oud); Bob Furgo (violin, keyboards); Raffi Hakopian (violin); Paul Ostermayer (saxophone, keyboards); Stephen Zirkel (trumpet, keyboards); Darrell Leonard, Earl Lon Price, Thomas Timko, Greg Smith , Lee Thornburg (horns); Jeff Fisher (keyboards, programming); Tom McMoran, Jim Cox, Steve Lindsey, Randy Kerber, Bill Ginn (keyboards); Curt Bisquera, Steve Meador, Tom Brechtlein, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Lenny Castro (tambourine, percussion); Iki Levy, Yoav Goren (programming); David Campbell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Gabe Veltri; Bill Schnee.
Editor: Iki Levy.
Photographer: Dominique Issermann.
Arrangers: Jeff Fisher; Jean-Philippe Rykiel; Leonard Cohen; Yoav Goren.
A best-of that comprises cuts from two studio efforts and a live album? For a lesser artist, the consumer would be well within his rights to cry foul. In Leonard Cohen's case, however, virtually every track he's ever recorded merits anthologizing. MORE BEST OF contains the strongest songs from I'M YOUR MAN and THE FUTURE, two of Cohen's latter-day masterpieces that combine his dark, poetic lyrics with an ironically glossy sonic framework. To add some historical perspective, live versions of early cuts like "Suzanne" are included. The depth (both spiritual and physical) of Cohen's readings here stands in sharp contrast to the original recordings. To rope in the diehard fans, there are two new cuts included, the self-deprecating shuffle "Never Any Good" and a short spoken-word piece, "The Great Event."
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