LEONARD COHEN’S YOU WANT IT DARKER IN STORES OCTOBER 21st

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First Single “You Want It Darker” now available for download
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(September 21, 2016) Sony Music Entertainment Canada and Columbia Records celebrate Leonard Cohen’s 82nd birthday with the announcement that his 14th studio album, YOU WANT IT DARKER, arrives in stores on October 21st, 2016.  The new collection of startling songs was produced by his son Adam Cohen, and is available for pre-order now.

The first single and title track, which delves into an unflinching exploration of the religious mind, arrives at radio today. Cohen created this hypnotic groove with the addition of Montreal’s Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir, whose voices invoke a sound from Cohen’s youth.

YOU WANT IT DARKER

Tracklisting

1. “You Want It Darker”
Hypnotic groove. The surprise of a great synagogue choir.  An unflinching exploration of the religious mind.
“Didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim.”

2.  “Treaty”
One of Cohen’s signature melodies. A confession of the selfishness of love and the hope of a correction.
“Only one of us was real—and that was me.”

3.  “On the Level”
An old man’s take on desire.
“I was fighting with temptation, but I didn’t want to win”

4.   “Leaving the Table”
A slow, relentless, and somehow joyous ballad of letting it all go by. A guitar solo you will remember.
“I’m leaving the table, I’m out of the game.”

5.   “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”
A classic Cohen love song: the deep gratitude felt by one heart opening to another.

“That’s how broken it would be,
what the world would seem to me,
if I didn’t have your love to make it real.”

6.  “Traveling Light”
A seeker hits the road and finds the joys of solitude.

“I’m traveling light
It’s au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star”

7.  “It Seemed the Better Way”
The feeling of a prayer that’s been there forever, but the spiritual comforts of the past no longer available.

“Lift this glass of blood, try to say the grace.”

8.  “Steer Your Way”
A song of courage as the heart moves into the darkness.

“Steer your heart past the pain that is far more real than you.”

9. String Reprise/ Treaty
A brilliant reimagining of “Treaty” as a string quartet; a truly glorious moment ending with a few words from Leonard himself.

“I wish there was a treaty we could sign.”

This great artist continues to astonish us. Uncompromising and urgent, YOU WANT IT DARKER is the latest chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music and thought.

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Coming This Fall

You Want it Darker album cover

(August 12, 2016) Leonard Cohen, acclaimed composer of “Hallelujah”, at the age of 82, is releasing an album of haunting new songs, which the lucky few who have heard it, deem “a masterpiece” and “classic Cohen”. The album is called YOU WANT IT DARKER and arrives in stores this Fall.  As Leonard’s record company for over five decades, Sony Music is proud to be associated with this remarkable achievement.

LEONARD COHEN
YOU WANT IT DARKER
Produced by Adam Cohen

Tracklisting
1. “You Want It Darker”
2. “Treaty”
3. “On the Level”
4. “Leaving the Table”
5. “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”
6. “Traveling Light”
7. “It Seemed the Better Way”
8. “Steer Your Way”
9.  String Reprise/ Treaty

This great artist continues to astonish us. Uncompromising and urgent, YOU WANT IT DARKER is the latest chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music and thought. These startling songs have been beautifully realized in this his 14th and most compelling studio album, produced by his son, Adam Cohen.

Stellar Video: Born In Chains

Posted by Allan Showalter:

Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010.

“Born In Chains” has a long history. In a 1988 interview, Leonard lamented, “And this song, ‘Taken Out of Egypt’ [as the song was then titled] took months and months to write. Nobody believes me when I say these things but I have the notebooks and I don’t fill them in an evening.” That version was developed for but not used on the 1988 I’m Your Man album. Even after “Born In Chains” was first performed in concert at the July 27, 2010 Salzburg, Austria show, the lyrics and arrangements changed frequently over the course of the 2010 Tour. It was finally released as a track on Popular Problems in 2014.

The version featured today, captured on video by Albert Noonan on Dec 11, 2010 in Las Vegas, is notable for the prominent roles played by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters.

Click here to watch.

Listen to “Joan of Arc”

Leonard Cohen - Can't Forget - A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour
Leonard Cohen – Can’t Forget – A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour

Our friends at CBC are hosting your first listen to “Joan of Arc”, recorded on tour in Quebec City for Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, available for pre-order now.

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A New Recording of “I Can’t Forget”

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Today we present you with the third song off of the soon to be released album “Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour”. Following on the heels of the wholly original recording of “Never Gave Nobody Trouble” and the George Jones cover “Choices”, this live recording of the Cohen classic “I Can’t Forget” is being exclusively hosted today by The Wall Street Journal:

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/04/08/leonard-cohen-commemorates-grand-tour-with-i-cant-forget-live-exclusive-song/

Leonard Cohen releases “Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour” on May 12, 2015. The ten songs of this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, celebrated “Old Ideas World Tour.” Remarkably, this is Cohen’s third album release since last September’s “Popular Problems”. You can learn more about the album by viewing this short video.

Can’t Forget is available for pre-order at all digital service providers, where fans will receive these first three songs instantly with purchase.

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LEONARD COHEN RELEASES ‘CAN’T FORGET: A SOUVENIR OF THE GRAND TOUR’ ON MAY 12, 2015

Leonard Cohen releases Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour on May 12, 2015. The ten songs of this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, celebrated “Old Ideas World Tour.” Remarkably, this is Cohen’s third album release since last September’s Platinum selling Popular Problems which garnered four 2015 JUNO AWARD nominations and won for the coveted ‘Album of the Year’.

The songs on Can’t Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen’s legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive. Here is a full range of Leonard Cohen’s work: new songs including, from the realm of blues, the wickedly funny “Got a Little Secret” and “Never Gave Nobody Trouble”; luxurious performances of such Cohen masterpieces as “I Can’t Forget,” “Light As the Breeze,” “Night Comes On,” and a sublime “Joan of Arc”. Cohen also treats us to a gripping version of the Quebecois love song “La Manic,” performed before a captivated audience in Quebec City, and a moving tribute cover of the late country master George Jones’s “Choices.” These are songs and performances of the first order that you can’t forget.

Can’t Forget is available for pre-order at all digital service providers, where fans will receive “Never Gave Nobody Trouble” instantly with purchase. You can preview “Never Gave Nobody Trouble” at The Guardian (click to listen).

Cohen’s live concert tours were met with extraordinary and unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from 2008 through 2013. His mesmerizing performances totaled 470 shows in 31 countries, attended by four million fans. Can’t Forget gives listeners an extremely special glimpse into Cohen’s intimate rehearsal process, widely known to be in-depth ‘concerts before the concert!,’ heard by fans for the first time with this new record. Cohen continues to work with vocalists, musicians, producers and engineers who are the best in the business.

Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour Tracklisting:

1. Field Commander Cohen

2. I Can’t Forget

3. Light as the Breeze

4. La Manic ++ (originally by Georges Dor)

5. Night Comes On

6. Never Gave Nobody Trouble ***

7. Joan of Arc

8. Got a Little Secret ***

9. Choices ++ (originally by George Jones)

10. Stages

*** New original Leonard Cohen songs

++ Covers never previously recorded by Cohen

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