Now Revised: The Other Leonard Cohen Album & Another Other Leonard Cohen Album

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Same Great Music – Now Reconfigured To Catalog Better In iTunes & Other MP3 Players

The Collections
The Other Leonard Cohen Album and Another Other Leonard Cohen Album are especially popular Heck Of A Guy compilations of unreleased Leonard Cohen performances.1 For information about these collections, including the track lists and how to download them (at no charge), see

The Problem

I was alerted that songs from these The Other Leonard Cohen Album (#24 On Uncut’s Greatest Bootlegs list) and Another Other Leonard Cohen Album, are listed oddly as multiple albums in iTunes & other MP3 players.

For example, there are 6 songs on The Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 1

  1. Feels So Good
  2. Book Of Longing
  3. The Darkness
  4. Puppets
  5. Do I Have to Dance All Night
  6. Blues By The Jews – L Cohen Rare Songs

In the MP3 player, Do I Have to Dance All Night was assigned to its own album, Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Vol 1. The other five songs were assigned to a different album, also called Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Vol 1. Both albums have the same name, art work, etc but different track lists. Very annoying. The other collections were similarly disorganized.

It turns out that this sort of thing is a rather frequent problem for MP3 players. The underlying concept is that all the metadata carried in a song’s tags (the method by which your MP3 player knows the names of the song, artist, album, etc) has to be perfectly identical for the player’s software ti work correctly. In our example above, Do I Have to Dance All Night was assigned to its own album, Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Vol 1, the artist of which was listed as “Leonard Cohen ” (with a space at the end) rather than to the album, Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Vol 1, the artist of which was listed as “Leonard Cohen” (without a space at the end).

The Fix – It’s A Metadata Thing

Rather than write out a detailed set of instructions for fixing every problem, I’ve uploaded a revised set of music – everything is identical to the former files except the metadata. These files should be cataloged by iTunes into 3 albums:

  1. Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Vol 1
  2. Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Vol 2
  3. Another Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen

The easiest way to manage this process follows:

1. Download the 3 revised zip files via these links

2. Delete your current Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen and Another Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen songs from iTunes or your MP3 player

3. Unzip the newly downloaded files and add the songs to iTunes or your MP3 player

  1. The Other Leonard Cohen Album is, in fact, #24 on Uncut’s Greatest Bootlegs list []

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