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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 317 - I'm Your Fan - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

I'm Your Fan - The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Various Artists
Atlantic Records
Executive Producer – Christian Fevret, Jean-Daniel Beauvallet 
Released 1991

I'm Your Fan Tracklist
    01. "First We Take Manhattan" – R.E.M.
    02. "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" – Ian McCulloch
    03. "I Can't Forget" – Pixies
    04. "Stories of the Street" – That Petrol Emotion
    05. "Bird on the Wire" – The Lilac Time
    06. "Suzanne" – Geoffrey Oryema
    07. "So Long, Marianne" – James
    08. "Avalanche IV" – Jean-Louis Murat
    09. "Don't Go Home with Your Hard-On" – David McComb & Adam Peters
    10. "Who by Fire" – The House of Love
    11. "Chelsea Hotel" – Lloyd Cole
    12. "Tower of Song" – Robert Forster (Not on Playlist Above)
    13. "Take This Longing" – Peter Astor
    14. "True Love Leaves No Traces" – Dead Famous People
    15. "I'm Your Man" – Bill Pritchard
    16. "A Singer Must Die" – The Fatima Mansions
    17. "Tower of Song" – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    18. "Hallelujah" – John Cale

Bonus Cover Versions on the Playlist
Famous Blue Raincoat - Tori Amos
Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye - The Lemonheads ft Liv Tyler
If It Be Your Will - Jann Arden
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
The Tower of Song - The Jesus and Mary Chain
First We Take Manhatten - Warren Zevon
Bird On A Wire - The Neville Brothers
Everybody Knows - Don Henley and Bryan Adams
Joan of Arc - Judy Collins
Going Home - Marianne Faithful
Ain't No Cure For Love - Aaron Neville
I'm Your Man - Father John Misty
Ballad of a Runaway Horse - Emmylou Harris
Memories - The Blackeyed Susans
Suzanne - Beck
Chelsea Hotel No. 2 - Lana Del Rey
The Traitor - Martha Wainwright
Dance Me To The End of Love - The Civil Wars
Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright ft Choir! Choir! Choir!


Something a little bit special today, I was playing the I'm Your Fan - The Songs of Leonard Cohen last night and thought it would be good to share that and also another bunch of Leonard Cohen covers by a wide range of artists. There are so many available it was hard to pick what to include and what to leave out. I hope you enjoy what's on offer.

A nice chilled out sound for a Saturday morning.

I always loved The Neville Brothers version of Bird on a Wire (and Johnny Cash pulls of a tidy cover of it also), it was their version way back in 1990 that actually led me to seek out the music of Leonard Cohen really for the first time. I never tire of saying it that a decent cover version will always lead you back to the source. I can't think how many artists I've discovered as a result of a great cover version. In a little way a bad cover sometimes does as well but if the original artist is unknown to you it's rare to go hunting for their music on the strength of a bad cover!

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