Leonard Cohen: Live in London (2009)

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..Cohen sounds genuinely moved by the affectionate reception he receives from his audience, and he seems determined to give them a show to match their loyalty, and with his band (who he frequently lauds during the performance) he truly gives of himself; if this isn’t quite the strongest live performance Cohen has released for public consumption, it’s certainly the warmest and the most emotionally resonant. Perhaps fate forced Leonard Cohen’s hand to stage the tour documented in part on Live in London, but it seems that fate knows just what it’s doing, and this album eloquently demonstrates how much Cohen still has to offer, and how clearly his music still speaks to him (and us).
~Mark Deming (allmusic.com)

London’s O2 Arena
July 17, 2008

For over four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power – he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human lives, always with a full appreciation of how elusive answers can be to the vexing questions he raises. But those questions, and the journey he has traveled in seeking to address them, are the ever-shifting substance of his work, as well as the reasons why his songs never lose their overwhelming emotional force. Documentaries, awards, tribute albums and the ongoing march of artists eager to record his songs all acknowledge the peerless contribution Cohen has made to what one of his titles aptly calls “The Tower of Song.”

In 2008 Leonard Cohen embarked on his first tour in 15 years. Quickly recognized as musical folklore in the making, 29 of the original dates sold out almost immediately, leaving fans and critics alike hailing the show as a once in a lifetime experience. By popular demand, the Canadian/UK tour was extended and by the end of that year it had reached 84 markets worldwide, selling more than 700,000 tickets. The Live In London release fully captures and recreates the extraordinary show from that tour that earned Cohen more than 80 five-star reviews for his performances.
~amazon.com

  1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
  2. The Future
  3. Ain’t No Cure For Love
  4. Bird On The Wire
  5. Everybody Knows
  6. In My Secret Life
  7. Who By Fire
  8. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
  9. Anthem
  10. Introduction
  11. Tower Of Song
  12. Suzanne
  13. The Gypsy’s Wife
  14. Boogie Street
  15. Hallelujah
  16. Democracy
  17.  I’m Your Man
  18. Recitation w/ N.L.
  19. Take This Waltz
  20. So Long, Marianne
  21. First We Take Manhattan
  22. Sisters Of Mercy
  23. If It Be Your Will
  24. Closing Time
  25. I Tried To Leave You
  26. Wither Thou Goest

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