Leonard Cohen - Royal Albert Hall 1988

This is Leonard Cohen live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England back on the 30th May 1988.

The performance was recorded by the BBC (from their own soundboard) but never subsequently broadcast.

In 1987, Jennifer Warnes's tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat helped restore Leonard Cohen's career in the USA and the following year he released 'I'm Your Man', which marked a drastic change in his music. Synthesizers ruled the album and Leonard Cohen's lyrics included more social commentary and dark humour. It was Leonard Cohen's most acclaimed and popular since Songs of Leonard Cohen. "First We Take Manhattan" and the title song have become two of his most popular songs.

Source: Soundboard (BBC).

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@192kbps.

Genre: Folk, folk rock, blues.

Set: Full Set*.

Track List:

01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 Ain't No Cure For Love
03 Who By Fire
04 Bird On The Wire
05 I'm Your Man
06 Sisters Of Mercy
07 Coming Back To You
08 First We Take Manhattan
09 Chelsea Hotel
10 Tower Of Song
11 The Stranger Song
12 If It Be Your Will
13 Everybody Knows
14 Joan Of Arc
15 Hallelujah
16 There Is A War
17 Take This Waltz
18 The Partisan
19 Suzanne
20 Passin' Through
-- Encore
21 I Tried To Leave You
22 Whither Thou Goest
23 So Long, Marianne
*One song is missing as Avalanche was played prior to Chelsea Hotel.

Band Line Up:

Leonard Cohen - vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Perla Batalla - vocals
Julie Christensen - vocals
Bob Metzger - guitars, steel guitar
John Bilezikjian - oud
Bob Furgo - keyboards, violin
Tom McMorran - keyboards
Steve Zirkel - bass, keyboard, trumpet
Steve Meador - drums, electric drums

Links: Official site HERE.


Leonard Cohen is set to be honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. His recent touring has seen a significant rekindling of interest in his wonderful music, and his performances have been sublime. Two new live albums are now available and worth checking out. One is from his seminal performance at the Isle Of Wight festival in 1970, the other from his recent tour (Live In London 2009).

Reloaded - 29/May/2015 - download link in comments.

Buy: Mp3's at Amazon.co.uk - Leonard Cohen


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Axe Victim said…
Merry Christmas From AXE FM. Thanks for all the good music and be sure to catch the AXE FM Christmas Show over on my blog.
grumgjv said…
Excellent, thank you. One question, Hallelujah seems to stop mid-song. Is that me, or a problem with the original file?
Best wishes for the festive season.
Anonymous said…
Its a problem with the original file, sorry the notes that came with this recording did mention a problem & I forgot to add this detail.

Mike - Beehive Candy
grumgjv said…
No problem, thanks for the info, I can stop worrying that I've done something weird! Other than that glitch, it's really excellent. Thanks.
Beehive Candy said…
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