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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‘Popular Problems’: one of the 10 best albums of the year

Rolling Stone readers have selected ‘Popular Problems’ as one of the 10 best albums of the year.

“Leonard Cohen’s amazing comeback that began with his 2008 tour and his 2012 disc Old Ideas continued this year with Popular Problems, his 13th LP since emerging on the scene back in 1967. The disc is produced by Patrick Leonard, best known for his work with Madonna in the 1980s. “We were both, I think, quite compassionately savage about our vision,” Cohen told Rolling Stone. “If something’s obscure or just on the wrong side of accessible, then Pat will mention that and I’ll happily redirect.” Check out the songs “Almost Like the Blues” and “Nevermind.” They are some of the greatest songs ever produced by an octogenarian.”

Leonard Cohen – ‘Live In Dublin’ is now available worldwide.

Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin, the Artist’s First High Definition Full Concert Recording is now available worldwide.

American Songwriter – “5 out of 5 stars”

Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin is an full-length concert recording and film. It is the first (and only) release of a complete Leonard Cohen concert to be shot in high definition. Live In Dublin is available in 3CD/DVD, 3CD/Blu-ray and digital configurations.

Lensed and recorded at Dublin’s 02 Arena on September 12, 2013, Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin documents a peak performance from the musician’s monumental sold-out 2012-2013 world tour, introducing Cohen’s then-latest release (2012’s Old Ideas) within a major canonical on-stage retrospective.

This state-of-the-art audio-visual HD presentation of a full-length concert from the Old Ideas World Tour delivers this artist’s repertoire (backed by a band recognized by critics as his best ever) with the intimacy, intensity and poetic beauty that have become hallmarks of a Leonard Cohen concert. Live In Dublin recreates the deep emotional connection that audiences felt so powerfully and critics praised universally with five-star reviews during Cohen’s most recent tour.

An immersive viewing experience, Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin’s three hours of music and magic includes an 11-song first set, a 10-song second set and an 8-song encore. The DVD features bonus live tracks recorded in Canada in 2013.

Live In Dublin is the singer-songwriter-novelist-performer’s second new release this year. On September 23, 2014, two days after Cohen’s 80th birthday, Popular Problems, the Canadian bard’s 13th studio album of new material was released. As the year comes to a close, Popular Problem is appearing on many “Best Album of 2014” lists including: #2 Uncut Magazine and #2 The Telegraph UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/11252866/best-albums-of-2014.html

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American Songwriter gives ‘Live In Dublin’ 5/5 stars

American Songwriter begins their 5 out of 5 star review with;

“Concerts by veteran musicians, even ones as respected as Leonard Cohen, don’t get any classier than this. The 80 year old singer/songwriter says more with a momentary raised eyebrow, a dip down to one knee or a tip of his trademarked black fedora than Mick Jagger does in a show of frantic dashing around an enormous stage.”

Read the rest here:
http://www.americansongwriter.com/2014/12/leonard-cohen-live-dublin/

Winter Is a Time For Lists

Rolling Stone magazine has asked Leonard Cohen fans to build a list of their favourite songs:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/readers-poll-the-10-best-leonard-cohen-songs-20141126

‘Popular Problems’ has also made some lists:
The Telegraph UK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/11252866/best-albums-of-2014.html

American Songwriters:
http://www.americansongwriter.com/2014/11/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-2014/3/

Mojo Magazine:
http://www.mojo4music.com/17483/50-best-albums-2014-final-score/

The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/nov/26/-sp-the-best-albums-of-2014?CMP=fb_gu

‘POPULAR PROBLEMS’ IS OUT NOW

Leonard Cohen’s critically acclaimed newest studio album is now available everywhere!

Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album, and is available now on his artist store, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and your favourite streaming service.

Check out these stellar reviews by Andrew Warner of the CBC, Ann Powers from NPR and Neil McCormick of the Telegraph who called it a masterpiece.

Popular Problems Tracklisting:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing

LEONARD COHEN RELEASES ‘POPULAR PROBLEMS’ ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, A DYNAMIC STUDIO ALBUM OF NEW SONGS

(Toronto, ON – August 19, 2014) In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy. Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.” His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart. The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over.

In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.

“Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records, “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.”

Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album, and will be released on September 23rd, two days after his 80th birthday. Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally will receive an instant download of his new song, “Almost Like The Blues.” Click here to listen.

To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen’s endless poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.

Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

Revisit Leonard Cohen’s Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com

Popular Problems Tracklisting:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing

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ABOUT LEONARD COHEN: Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades.

His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books, the most recent of which was 2006’s ‘Book of Longing’, a collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.

Cohen’s influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one of the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.” Cohen’s songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil Wars, and tribute albums have been released around the world. In 2008 Cohen’s “Hallelujah” became the fastest-selling digital single in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared simultaneously on the UK singles chart – Cohen’s own original recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard’s songs have been frequently selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ, Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary, The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.

Tickets for Old Ideas World Tour 2012 at Wembley Arena

As announced in the press release yesterday, Leonard Cohen’s Kent shows in the UK on September 8th and 9th have been moved from Hop Farms to Wembley Arena in London. Ticketholders for the Hop Farm concerts should contact their original point of sale for refund/new ticket issue. Such ticketholders will also be invited to an exclusive pre-sale to purchase tickets for the new Wembley Arena dates and will have first access to the best seats in the house.

You can also purchase tickets to the Wembley Arena shows here