The Original 1986 “Take This Waltz” By Leonard Cohen In 7 Formats

Take This Waltz – video screenshot

Leonard Cohen’s 1st “Take This Waltz” Recording

Note: Dominique BOILE contributed the information and illustrative images for this post with the exception of specimen #6, which was contributed by Peter Torbijn of the Netherlands.

Leonard Cohen’s “Take This Waltz,” with lyrics based on “Pequeno Vals Vienés” (Little Viennese Waltz) by Federico Garcia Lorca, was released as a track on the “I’m Your Man” album (February 1988).

A different version of “Take This Waltz,” however, was released in 1986. This rendition was recorded by Cohen in Paris, at Studios Montmartre in September 1986 as part of  to a tribute album, “Poetas In Nueva York,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Spanish poet.

The 1988 version of “Take this Waltz” is a remix of the 1986 version with the significant addition of Jennifer Warnes on vocals and the discreet addition of the violin of Raffi Hakopian.

Leonard Cohen went to the native soil of Lorca in the province of Granada in Spain to shoot the official video of the original (1986)  version “Take This Waltz” which follows:

Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz
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The audio recording of the 1986 “Take This Waltz” exists in 7 different media formats.

  1. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – ref 7 650 210 (Spain)
  2. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – ref 650 210 7 (Holland)
  3. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – ref ARL 1007 (Spain)
  4. 33 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – ref 4503071 (Spain)
  5. Maxi 45 rpm vinyl 12″ – 1986 – (Israel)  Promotion only
  6. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – ref 650210 7  (Portugal) Promotion only1
  7. 33 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – reference 450286 1 (Holland)


 

2. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – reference 650 210 7 (Holland)

 

3. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – reference ARL 1007 (Spain)
“Disco Promocional Prohibida Su Venta”
(Promotional Disc Not for Sale)
Side 2 is blank

 

4. 33 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – reference 4503071 (Spain)

 

 

5. Maxi 45 rpm vinyl 12″ – 1986 – (Israel)  “For Promotion only – Not for sale”
Side 2 is blank

 

6. 45 rpm vinyl CBS – 1986 – reference 650210 7  (Portugal)
The front cover is exactly the same as the Spanish version. On back cover & disc labels is the legend, “Editado e Distribuido em Portugal por CBC (Portugal) Musica e Discos, Lda.”  The album also carries a golden promo stamp.

Update – 11 February 2013: #7 contributed by Dominique BOILE

7.  33 rpm vinyl CBS in English – 1986 – reference 450286 1
(Holland)

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  1. From Peter Torbijn of the Netherlands []

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