Back Into The Vortex: More First We Take Manhattan Promotions Of The I’m Your Man Album

Since yesterday’s posting of Leonard Cohen Recording Format & Promotional Vortex aka The 1988 I’m Your Man Ad, both Peter Torbijn of The Netherlands and Dominique BOILE have contributed images and descriptions of additional recordings that were part of the 1988 promotional campaign for Leonard Cohen’s  I’m Your Man album that featured a release of “First We Take Manhattan” from that album alone or in combination with earlier, well known Cohen songs. While these specimens have already been added to the original post, they deserve their own showcase as well.

The “First We Take Manhattan” Single Single

Dominique BOILE offers this single that is unusual because it truly is a single:

Another disc listed as CBS 651352 7, this Spanish 45 rpm vinyl came in a cover which lists one song on each side: “First We Take Manhattan” and “Sisters Of Mercy.”

While “First We Take Manhattan” is indeed on Side 1, Side 2 is beautifully, pristinely smooth.

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The “First We Take Manhattan” Double Single

Peter Torbijn of The Netherlands offers this 7″ single (CBS 651352 7) with the commercial version of “First We Take Manhattan” on the A side and the airplay version of “First We Take Manhattan” on the Adjacent side.

The “First We Take Manhattan” 4 Track Record With – Believe It Or Not – 4 Tracks

One of the unusual recordings described in yesterday’s post was

CBS 651352 6, which was described in the ad as a “4 Track 12″ vinyl record “featuring ‘Sisters Of Mercy,’ ‘Bird On The Wire,’ and ‘Suzanne,'” but  actually has only three tracks:  “First We Take Manhattan” on Side A and “Bird On The Wire” and “Suzanne” on Side B.  For maximum confusion, it is also described on the cover itself as a “Maxi Single.

In his collection, Peter Torbijn of The Netherlands has what would appear to be an identical item to the one described above – a 4 track 12″ vinyl Maxi Single with the same reference number (CBS 651352 6). This British-manufactured recording, however, contains – get this – four tracks: “First We Take Manhattan” and “Sisters Of Mercy” on Side A and “Bird On The Wire” and “Suzanne” on Side B.

Yes, we now have a specimen from the “First We Take Manhattan” promotional campaign for Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man album that is an oddity because the vinyl recording actually contains what its description in the ad claims.

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