Because I may not know music but I know what you should like
… and where to find it1
Leonard Cohen Live In Israel 1972
This soundboard recording of the April 19, 1972 Tel Aviv concert, which surfaced in November 2004, offers excellent sound quality, certainly the best available from the 1972 tour, which is accounted by many as the point at which Cohen hit his stride as a singer-songwriter.
The concert in Israel also presents a Leonard Cohen performance that is marked by a style easily distinguishable from that fans have seen in the 2008-2009 tour. There are, of course, some variations in his voice and even the lyrics of the songs, but more significantly, the 1972 Leonard Cohen appears more angry and confrontational than the 2009 Leonard Cohen. At another 1972 concert, in fact, Cohen walked off the stage.
He did come back.
In the Leonard Cohen Live In Israel 1972 concert, an argument he holds with the security personnel (“the men in orange”) segues into “We Shall Not Be Moved.”
Today’s recording also includes Chelsea Hotel #1, which, as returning readers may know, differs significantly from the later, more well known “Chelsea Hotel #2.”
1. [5:13.15] Famous Blue Raincoat2
2. [4:43.59] Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
3. [4:10.07] Machines Song (improvisation) / Intro to “Sisters of Mercy”
4. [3:59.16] Sisters of Mercy
5. [7:27.26] Chelsea Hotel #1
6. [4:47.28] Avalanche
7. [6:43.04] Intro to Suzanne / Suzanne
8. [6:42.01] We Shall Not Be Moved
I can offer no information beyond the fact that the graphic atop this post has been associated with this bootleg.
Sound: excellent (AA+ range)
MP3: 320 kbps; 92 Mb
Length: 44 minutes (partial, end of show)
- Smooth edit between Famous Blue Raincoat & Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.
- Edittape cut between Avalanche & Suzanne.
- Passin’ Through is not included on this recording.
Note: The Leonard Cohen Live In Israel 1972 file is downloaded as a RAR file (*.rar). RAR is one of the many kinds of compression (like ZIP, ARJ, BIN, etc). If you don’t have an archive program, you’ll need to install one to open these files. (You need one anyway.) My personal favorite freeware archive program is IZArc. (Please understand that I have no affiliation with IZArc other than using the program and cannot guarantee its utility or safety. There may be better programs that your technically oriented brethren can recommend. All I can say is IZArc has worked well for me.) The program can be downloaded at that site without cost. Instructions for installation and use are also at the IZArc site. Once installed on your computer, it can extract almost any compressed files you’ll run into, including RAR. Once the Leonard Cohen Live In Israel RAR file is extracted, it becomes a batch of MP3 files that will work with any MP3 player.