Hear, Download Leonard Cohen’s First Recorded Live Performance Of “Banks Of Marble” Since 1972

Leonard Cohen Pula Soundcheck: Aug 1, 2013

Leonard Cohen Pula Soundcheck: Aug 1, 2013

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck #5: Hearing Leonard Cohen Sing  A Song He Last Performed In Concert 41 Years Ago

Attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck1 is enlightening, instructive, and inspiring, but most of all, it’s fun. The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series is a collection of individual instances that manifest this principle.

Leonard Cohen Performs Banks Of Marble 1972

Leonard Cohen has performed Banks Of Marble at only a single concert: Frankfurt April 6, 1972.

A discussion of that performance and the origins of this song, which was written by Les Rice and popularized by Pete Seeger, as well as recordings of Leonard Cohen and Pete Seeger singing Banks Of Marble can be found at The Leonard Cohen & Pete Seeger Versions Of Les Rice’s “Banks of Marble.”

Listen: Leonard Cohen – Banks Of Marble 2013

Leonard Cohen – Banks Of Marble
Pula Soundcheck: Aug 2, 2013
Recording by Maarten Massa

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Download: Leonard Cohen – Banks Of Marble 2013

The MP3 file at the link includes the metadata: name of song, performer, date & location, and cover art. Download Banks Of Marble – 2013

Credit Due Department: Maarten Massa not only recorded the song but also broke into his vacation to forward it here. The photo atop this post, which also serves as cover art for the MP3, is by Hans Kloss

  1. The technical definition of soundcheck from Wikipedia follows: A soundcheck is the preparation that takes place before a concert, speech, or similar performance, when the performer and the sound crew run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue’s sound system to make sure that the sound in the venue’s “Front Of House” and stage monitor sound systems is clear and at the right volume and tonal frequencies. []

4 responses to “Hear, Download Leonard Cohen’s First Recorded Live Performance Of “Banks Of Marble” Since 1972

  1. Doron B. Cohen

    It should say “August 1″ under the photo on top of this page; the soundcheck was a day before the concert.

    • It turns out there were two soundchecks – one on Aug 1 and one on Aug 2. Banks of Marble was played at the August 2, 2013 soundcheck.

      • Doron B. Cohen

        I was referring to the photo, which you can see was taken at dusk; the soundcheck on Aug. 1 started at 9:00 pm. On Aug. 2 it was in the afternoon when the sun was still blazing. We were in the Arena for the concert since 7:00 and the sun was still shining.

        • My apologies for the misunderstanding. You are correct of course. I mistakenly read the date of publication as the date the photo was taken. Thanks for the heads-up.