Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day: Democracy 1993

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Leonard Cohen Performs Democracy On Later With Jools Holland – 1993

This performance of “Democracy” by Leonard Cohen with backup singers Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla took place May 12, 1993, when it was taped for an episode of the “Later With Jools Holland” BBC program, which was broadcast May 14, 1993. It’s not only an interesting counterpoint to the spoken word version of “Democracy” featured in yesterday’s Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day but is also a great production of an arrangement that is significantly different from those performed in recent years.

The impressive views of Leonard Cohen and his musicians (see listing at end of post) afforded by the TV camera are a much appreciated bonus.

Leonard Cohen – Democracy
Later With Jools Holland (BBC): May 14, 1993
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The 1993 Leonard Cohen Tour Musicians

Leonard Cohen – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Perla Batalla – vocals
Julie Christensen – vocals
Bob Metzger – guitars, pedal steel guitar
Bob Furgo – keyboards, violin
Paul Ostermayer – keyboards, saxophone, flute
Bill Ginn – keyboards
Jorge Calderon – bass
Steve Meador – drums

2 responses to “Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day: Democracy 1993

  1. Thanks for posting these videos of the Jools Holland Later show performances from 1993. Wow, that was 20 years ago! Where has the between time gone. As I recall, Democracy was broadcast at the end of the brodcast show when transmitted and was faded out against the closing credits before the song ended, so it’s good to see the complete song performance with the studio camera straying into shot at the end. On that subject, is there a “Phil Spector” reference in the background scenery, which perhaps explains the “full on” nature of the performance? ;-) There was a good short interview between Leonard and Jools in the original TV programme too.