Finally – Yet Another Unofficial CD Of The 1993 Leonard Cohen LA Show

The Original Recording

Triggered by the recent availability on retail sites of “Angels At My Shoulder,” an unofficial Leonard Cohen release, this post focuses first on the likely source of that – and several other – bootlegs.

The Columbia Records Radio Hour
Presents Leonard Cohen Live!

From The Complex, Los Angeles, Calif. April 18, 1993
Columbia Promo
CSK 5249 SI
Released 1993

This promotional CD of the Sunday morning concert by Leonard Cohen at The Complex in Los Angles on April 18, 1993 was recorded by Leanne Ungar for the Columbia Radio Hour and was released to the 100 participating radio stations.

Tracks:

1. First We Take Manhattan 6:07
2. Ain’t Cure For Love 5:11
3. Coming Back To You 4:37
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love 6:07
5. Democracy 7:14
6. Waiting For The Miracle 7:27
7. The Future 6:51
8. I’m Your Man 5:31

The Bootlegs

At least five bootlegs have been or are being sold that feature the same tracks from the same 1993 Leonard Cohen Los Angeles concert,1 each supplemented with various selections from other performances. Those unofficial releases (including, when known, the sources of the tracks not taken from the 1993 LA show) are listed below.

It should be noted that all of the tracks listed can be found online, without charge.

As far as I can determine, these releases offer little to fans (other than collectors) unless one is afflicted with a phobia of downloading MP3 files, has a peculiar penchant for a bootleg’s specific playlist, is predisposed to mediocre cover art, or gets off on cheesy album titles on the order of “Explorer Of The Blue Dimension.”

The lineup of suspects follows:

Angels At My Shoulder

Left Field Media
ASIN: B007KTCVJW
Release date:14 May 2012
Found at Amazon

Track Listings

1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Ain’t No Cure For Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love
5. Democracy
6. Waiting For The Miracle
7. The Future
8. I’m Your Man
9. Bird On A Wire
10. The Sisters Of Mercy
11. There Is A War

The description, precisely as it reads on the retail site, follows:

The majority of the music featured on this CD was broadcast from Leonard Cohen s most recent hometown , Los Angeles, at the Complex on 18th April1993. As Leonard remarked: Los Angeles is a terrific place to live; because uh, well it s, it s right on the edge of destruction. The ground itself is trembling. The landscape is about to blow apart. The social fabric is about to tear, and many novelists have documented the fragmentation of the psyche. So it s a place right at the edge of things where everything is about to fall apart, and it s a very nourishing place for that reason. This superb concert marked the beginning of an extensive series of European, North American and Canadian concerts, dubbed The Future World Tour , which culminated on 30th July at the Royal Theatre, Victoria, British Columbia. This CD includes three additional songs broadcast towards the end of the tour on 12th July from Austin City Limits, in Austin, Texas (subsequent to 1993, Cohen would not tour again for 15 years – until he began a massive and highly acclaimed world tour in 2008). The band on the 1993 tour were Bob Metzger (guitar and steel pedal guitar), Jorge Calderón (bass), Bill Ginn (keyboards), Paul Ostermayer (keyboards, saxophone), Bob Furgo (violin, keyboards), Steve Meador (drums), with backing vocalists Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla (aka my Angels ). This set is weighted firmly towards more recent material with just two numbers drawn from Leonard s 60 s catalogue, Sisters Of Mercy (from Songs of Leonard Cohen 1967) and Bird On The Wire (Songs From A Room 1969); the 70 s is represented exclusively by There Is A War (from New Skin For The Old Ceremony 1974). 1984 s Various Positions is recalled by versions of Coming Back To You and Dance Me To The End Of Love . Three numbers are taken from the The Future (1992), the album the tour was ostensibly promoting – Democracy , Waiting for the Miracle and the title track. The remaining three songs performed live here are all drawn from The Future s predecessor, I m Your Man (1988) – the title track, the groundbreaking Then We Take Manhattan and the aching balled Ain t No Cure For Love .

Or, with the obfuscating puffery and misspellings filtered out, The first eight songs are from the 1993 Los Angeles concert, and the final three tracks are from 1993 Austin City Limits performance.

Above the Soul

Kiss The Stone
Catalog number: KTS 212
Release date: 1993
Found at Discogs

Tracks

1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Ain’t Cure For Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love
5. Democracy
6. Waiting For The Miracle
7. The Future
8. I’m Your Man
9. Bird On A Wire
10. Everybody Knows
11. Avalanche
12. Suzanne
13. Tower Of Song
14. I Can’t Forget

Recorded in Los Angeles, April 18, 1993, at the Complex.

Los Angeles 1993

Arriba
Catalog # ARR 94.064
Found at LeonardCohenFiles

Tracks:

1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Ain’t Cure For Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love
5. Democracy
6. Waiting For The Miracle
7. The Future
8. I’m Your Man
9. Bird On A Wire
10. Everybody Knows
11. Avalanche
12. Suzanne

Recorded in Los Angeles, April 18, 1993, at the Complex.

First We Take L.A. Then We Take Berlin

Venus Music (Italy)
Catalog # 10
Found at Sound Collector

Tracks:

1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Ain’t Cure For Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love
5. Democracy
6. Waiting For The Miracle
7. The Future
8. I’m Your Man
9. Bird On A Wire
10. Everybody Knows
11. Avalanche
12. Suzanne
13. Tower Of Song
14. I Can’t Forget

Recorded in Los Angeles, April 18, 1993, at the Complex.

Explorer Of The Blue Dimension

Dissident Karma Records (UK)
Found at Leonard Cohen French Site.

Tracks

Disc 1:
1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Ain’t Cure For Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Dance Me To The End Of Love
5. Democracy
6. Waiting For The Miracle
7. The Future
8. I’m Your Man
9. Bird On A Wire
10. Everybody Knows
11. Avalanche
12. Suzanne
13. Tower Of Song
14. I Can’t Forget

Disc 2:
1. Bird On A Wire
2. The Law
3. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
4. The Gypsy’s Wife
5. A Singer Must Die
6. Chelsea Hotel # 2
7. Famous Blue Raincoat
8. Heart With No Companion
9. Take This Waltz
10. Joan Of Arc
11. Jazz Police
12. I Tried To Leave You
13. Way Down Deep
14. Bird On A Wire

From LeonardCohenFiles:

Songs on Disc 1 were recorded at the Complex in Los Angeles on April 18, 1993. Songs 1-7 on Disc 2 in Montreux on July 7, 1985, and finally songs 8-12 in Toronto on November 9, 1988. Song 13 by Jennifer Warnes from her album The Hunter, and song 14 by Johnny Cash from his album American Recordings. DK 573.258-2.

Credit Due Department: Dominique BOILE alerted me to the Angels At My Shoulder release.

  1. This is, however, not even close to the record for bootleg redundancy for a Cohen show.  LeonardCohenFiles notes “We know of of no less than nine bootleg albums recorded in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 21, 1993, at Congresshalle – some single, some double CDs. All are copies of the FM broadcast from Congresshalle.” []

2 responses to “Finally – Yet Another Unofficial CD Of The 1993 Leonard Cohen LA Show

  1. Thanks for this Allan…i did order it like half crazed woman…and I do like the cover!!

  2. On those 3 previous “LA” bootlegs, first 8 songs was from The Complex, rest is FM broadcast from Oslo 1993.