Hi 4 and Vickie and all,
I'm trying to answer your questions in conjunction with also relating to the title of this thread. There actually is an LC album we haven’t discussed here yet – the abandoned Songs For Rebecca recorded at Columbia Studio A or Sound Ideas Studio, New York, USA in 1974-5. It has been stated here in 2006 that both LC and John Lissauer confirmed a few times to this Forum that the Songs For Rebecca tape had been destroyed in an accident, but read on
Track List and old info as per Store Room:
Anthem of The Broken Hearted (1)
Came So Far For Her Beauty (2)
Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On (3)
Guerrero [early Iodine] (3)
I Guess It's Time [early The Smokey Life] (2)
The Traitor Song (2)
Jim Devlin, In Every Style of Passion, 1996: 65.
David Sheppard, Music Makers: Leonard Cohen, 2000.
Maurice Ratcliff, The Complete Guide to the Music of Leonard Cohen, 1999: 41.
(1) performed in Bryn Mawr 1975/11/23 but belongs to the missing part of the known audience recording (only a partial recording of the concert is in circulation). Exact title of the song is unknown. [Thanks to Dave M. for the info].
(2) re-worked & recorded later with Henry Lewy for Recent Songs (1979).
(3) re-worked & recorded later with Phil Spector for Death Of A Ladies' Man (1977).
Songs for Rebecca is an abandoned album produced and co-written by John Lissauer, recorded in late 1974 - early 1975, after New Skin For The Old Ceremony, but tapes were possibly destroyed. All songs were performed & recorded (except "Anthem of the Broken Hearted") at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr (November 23, 1975)
One and a half hours of the concert here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcISYcOdx2g
Interview with John Lissauer by Cohencentric 2018:
The list of songs planned for the project, as per John Lissauer follows:
1. Beauty Salon (became Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On, released on Death Of A Ladies’ Man)
2. Guerrero (became Iodine, released on Death Of A Ladies’ Man)
3. I Guess It’s Time (became The Smokey Life, released on Recent Songs)
4. The Traitor Song ( became The Traitor, released on Recent Songs)
5. Came So Far For Her Beauty (became Came So Far For Beauty, released on Recent Songs)
6. Lover, Lover, Lover (Reworked from New Skin for the Old Ceremony)
7. Diamonds In The Mine (Reworked from Songs of Love and Hate)
Of course, this leaves at least one question unanswered - what about that song Leonard mentioned but is unknown to John Lissauer?
JL: There was an early song called ‘Anthem,’ no relation to this ‘Anthem’ [on The Future]
John Lissauer: In addition, we recorded a Reggae version of “Diamonds in the Mine”, as well as a more contemporary (less ethnic) version of “There is a War” and “Lover, Lover”
Q: Anthem of The Broken Hearted is the only song that has not survived in any form, so any recall of it whatsoever would be enlightening.
John Lissauer: That title is unfamiliar to me.... we never recorded it!
Q: Was there a reworked version of “Is There A War” that was intended for Songs For Rebecca?
John Lissauer: I don’t recall doing a new version of “There is a War”....
Q: Some sources list Paper-Thin Hotel as one of the songs destined for Songs For Rebecca. Was it?
John Lissauer: Never heard that title
Q: I’m told by Leonard Cohen fans that you were once interested in resurrecting Songs For Rebecca. Is there anything to that?
John Lissauer: Well, I still have beautiful ruff mixes of all the songs.... trying to see if there’s any interest in releasing them. It’s probably a bit tricky.... between Sony and LC’s Estate.... will see!
Track List as per Cohencentric:
Came So Far For Her Beauty
I Guess It’s Time
The Traitor Song
Diamonds In The Mine
Lover, Lover, Lover
Listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttkHvGEosuM
EDIT: 26 June - I was looking for more in-depth info on this lost album and have just now discovered that Allan Showalter has reposted this and some of his previous Concentric posts on his other site. So nice to see that happen!
https://allanshowalter.com/2019/03/26/l ... s-rebecca/
https://allanshowalter.com/2019/03/27/s ... -it-ended/
https://allanshowalter.com/2019/03/28/s ... the-songs/
I take full note that the songs on YWID were Leonard’s choice in the limited time he had for his last album, but I also know that he wanted other songs to be released after his passing. As said above, Freddy Mercury sure is right - Time Waits For No One!
I’ll be grateful for those planned or whatever other discovered songs or poems manage to land in my open arms and ears especially Priests! When Leonard was asked why this song wasn't on Songs of LC re-release in 2007, he said, "They (Sony) didn't find it, I maybe have it somewhere." I'm still hopeful it may be found.
Judy Collins released it on her 1967 album Wildflowers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_cm2aBFJms
btw - I knew you would have a great time at Hydra!
..... and I was there too, in a certain way, especially at the concert