I have just added this to Hungercity -
Music Theatre, Amsterdam 18th April 1988
FM recording - stereo throughout
01 Bird on the Wire
02 Dance Me To The End Of Love
03 Who By Fire
04 Ain't No Cure For Love
05 The Law
06 Heart With No Companion
07 I'm Your Man
08 Coming Back To You
09 First We Take Manhattan
10 Chelsea Hotel #2
11 Tower Of Song
12 One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
13 Everybody Knows
14 There Is A War (incomplete)
201 Take This Waltz
203 Sisters Of Mercy
204 Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye
205 I Can't Forget
207 So Long, Marianne
I recently went through the Leonard Cohen downloads I have collected / salvaged from hard drive crashes.
This was the most impressive 1988 concert to me: there a few FM broadcasts - my favourite type of concert recording - from this year, but this was the best combination of providing a (near?) complete concert, in excellent quality, with an enjoyable song selection. The Reykjavik concert from this year is even longer, but leans towards what I considered more 'arty' Leonard - I must point out that is no bad thing, I love that aspect to his work, but the 'pop' fan in me really liked this concert more. If you're thinking 'pop?', well listen to the arrangement of Hey That's No way To Say Goodbye - arguably the closest Leonard has come to that, in my opinion anyway.
Now the version I downloaded from Dime was very good indeed, but had some disadvantages -
1) compared to other gigs from the same year it seemed to run a little too fast, perhaps as much as 3%?
2) It was quite 'hot', seemed a bit of a bassy, overloaded recording, despite being excellent stereo too.
3) Finally, about half the tracks in the middle section of the concert were mono.
So on digging through CDs I made from my tape collection a while back, I found this. By comparison -
1) it sounds like it's at the correct speed.
2) While still perhaps slightly 'hot' - the taper (not me) may have had the recording levels a little high - it sounds more comfortable than the above mentioned torrent version.
3) Lastly, it is stereo throughout.
I therefore am sharing this here. The source of this is from tape (cannot find that currently, but I believe it was chrome tape - I believe it was probably off master), to CD-R to pc, to you. The one disadvantage is that There is a War cuts out...I must say it's a bit of a lacklustre version, anyway...here it lacks the spirit of some of the other songs here - doesn't appear on the other FM shows I have, so perhaps it was less performed / less favoured on this tour.
If indeed you do enjoy this, I am *very* keen to get hold of the following Leonard Cohen recordings, and would be very grateful if you could oblige by sharing any of these in return.
Can anyone help with sharing the following Leonard Cohen shows?
*** Leonard Cohen - The Olympia, Paris, France - 6 June 1976 FM / soundboard*** -
Curiously the Paris 1976 SBD or FM recording does seem hard to come across, at least the non-audience recording version. From what I can see, the CD shown on this page -
has not even been shared on Dime. A sample of Paris 76 can be found here, albeit with wow and flutter -
*** Leonard Cohen - 9 November 1988 Toronto, Canada (FM broadcast - UPGRADE)***
uploaded by banalny in 2010. Not the earlier, rougher version - I have that and I am keen to get this upgrade version.
Also I downloaded - and lost, probably in a HD crash, a nice Leonard Cohen 1972 or so recording...it was bass heavy, but stereo-ish, and the audience volume was quite low, had quite a unique sound, almost if it had been recorded in a small room with mics set up rather than a conventional concert. I don't think that's how it was recorded, but it sounded like that.
I also believe from what I have read the BBC recordings Leonard did around 1968 have now emerged in better quality?
Thanks for any help on sharing the above - or any other high quality Leonard Cohen shows!