Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006)
|Songwriter. Poet. Counter-culture icon. Consummate ladies' man. Since bursting onto the scene in 1967, Leonard Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960's. Now, Lions Gate is proud to celebrate Cohen's legacy with director Lian Lunson's Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, an intimate look at the songs, poetry and life of one of music's most celebrated and influential troubadours.|
The soundtrack CD features powerful performances of Cohen masterpieces by an outstanding array of today's top singer-songwriters. The tracks on the CD were recorded live at Hal Willner's "Came So Far For Beauty: An Evening of Leonard Cohen Songs", at the Brighton Dome as part of the Brighton Festival 2004 and at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Festival 2005, except "Tower of Song" featuring Leonard Cohen and U2.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Composer: Leonard Cohen.|
Producer: Hal Willner
|Release Date : 07/25/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 0007169|
|Label : Verve Forecast|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Live|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517024083|
- "High points include Beth Orton's faithful rendition of 'Sisters of Mercy' and Antony's beautiful, quivering take on 'If It Be Your Will'..."
- "[The musicians] trade off on the poet's brooding, wry songbook." -- Grade: B
Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter. Cohen began his career in literature, publishing his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. Following his breakthrough in the music industry in the late 1960s, Cohen became one of the most distinguished and influential songwriters of the late twentieth century.
Musically, Cohen's early songs are based in folk music, both for melodies and instrumentation, but, beginning in the 1970s, his work shows the influence of various types of popular music and cabaret music. Since the 1980s he typically has sung in a deep bass register, with synthesizers and female backing vocals.
Cohen's songs are often emotionally heavy and lyrically complex, owing more to the metaphoric word play of poetry than to the conventions of song craft. His work often explores the themes of religion, isolation, sex, and complex interpersonal relationships.
Cohen's music has become very influential on other singer-songwriters, and more than a thousand cover versions of his work have been recorded. He is iconic in his native land, having been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour.