Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Leonard Cohen: First We Take Manhatten (2015)

This record was extracted from a live concert that was recorded at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on February 19, 2009 and released illegally by Swinging Dog Records. The source was an FM NPR radio broadcast, so the sound quality is fairly good. The actual concert was much longer, but some of it was obviously cut to fit onto one LP. I would have made a slightly different selection. Much of this concert has been posted on Youtube.

There's a typo in the album title (Manhatten), though the bootleggers managed to spell the actual song title correctly. Oddly, they made no other mistakes, apart from a lost comma. That's pretty good for bootleggers. I expected worse. And that reminds me that I once read an online comment by someone who claimed that bootleggers make intentional errors in song titles so that pressing plants will not realize that the item is a bootleg. I don't buy that. Generally, bootlegs have terrible layout and design, which is a dead giveaway that the record is not legit. Also, does anyone really believe that a slight misspelling of Manhattan in the record title is going to fool anyone?

Clearly, the bootleg record company ripped off the artwork for Lian Lunson’s documentary about Leonard Cohen which was entitled I’m Your Man. That irritates me more than the act of bootlegging. This is said to be a limited edition, whatever that means.

The tracks are:

Dancing Me To The End Of Love
Chelsea Hotel No. 2
Tower Of Song
The Partisan
A Thousand Kisses Deep
So Long Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

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