Those Incredible 1985 Leonard Cohen Norway Videos Are Online Again


Now You See Them, Now You Don’t, Now You Do, … The Spectacular Leonard Cohen Kalvøya Videos

In 2009, Heck Of A Guy posted Baby, Baby, Baby – Leonard Cohen & Anjani Sing The Blues In Norway celebrating the YouTube appearance of three spectacular videos, “I Tried to Leave You,” “Heart With No Companion,” and “Story of Isaac,” taken from a TV broadcast of a 1985 performance by Leonard Cohen in Kalvøya (“Isle of Calf” – near Oslo), Norway.

The color and clarity of these recordings were outstanding, the performances, with Anjani on the keyboards and vocals, were  solid, and watching these videos was moving, exhilarating, and fun.


Note: On my computer and with my internet access, there are a few segments with fluttering sound.

Since then, the videos have reappeared and been removed at least once.1

The good news is that, as I discovered in catching up after a week away from  Cohen World, some of the Kalvoya performances have now been uploaded to Daily Motion and can be viewed below.

The bad news is that “I Tried To Leave You” has not been re-uploaded.2

The corresponding good news is that “Memories,” a performance not previously available, has been added.

And, with his hair slicked back, his beard stylishly scruffy, a cigarette in one hand, and a microphone in the other (note the dramatic microphone dip at 1:58), Leonard Cohen’s matinee idol persona, typically used in the performance of “Memories,” has never been more enjoyable.


Leonard Cohen – Memories, Heart With No Companion, Story Of Isaac (Kalvøya, Norway, 1985)
Uploaded By dag2007


Credit Due Department: All images in this post are screen captures from the Memories video (Kalvøya, Norway, 1985).

  1. Most of the content of this post, in fact, was originally published the last time these videos were available. []
  2. I heartily recommend checking out Baby, Baby, Baby – Leonard Cohen & Anjani Sing The Blues In Norway for the description and screen captures of that performance. []

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