Leonard Cohen

Songs of Leonard Cohen - Columbia 1967

Tracks: 1. Suzanne / 2. Master Song / 3. Winter Lady / 4. Stranger Song / 5. Sisters of Mercy / 6. So Long, Marianne / 7. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye / 8. Stories of the Street / 9. Teachers / 10. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong

Comments:

This debut album from late 1967 is beyond question a corner-stone in the recording career of Leonard Cohen. Only few of his albums match the number of classic songs, which typifies this album.

The often covered song "Suzanne" is probably the song that will come to most peopleís minds when they think of the album, but songs like "Sisters of Mercy," "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye", "So Long, Marianne" and "Winter Lady" are in equally beloved songs which other great artists have been wanting to interpret. Among the lesser-known songs, I am personally also fond of "Stories of the Street" and "One of Us Canít Be Wrong", but the songwriting throughout the ten tracks is on a very high level.

The album is well produced by John Simon, who for most of the songs have made discrete arrangements which suit Cohen's fine melodies and thoughtful lyrics nicely. Already on this first album, Cohen lets many of his songs be seasoned with fine female voices, this time provided by Nancy Priddy.


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