Sony Music Entertainment Set To Release New Leonard Cohen CD & DVD Live In London



    
    Recorded At London's 02 Arena On July 17, 2008, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
    Inductee's First New Release Since 2004 Available In Stores & Online On
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009

    

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records is
proud to announce the release of Leonard Cohen's Live In London, a musical
chronicle of the legendary singer-songwriter-musician-painter-poet's historic
2008 concert -- available as either a DVD or 2 CD set -- on Tuesday, March 31,
2009.
    Recorded live on July 17, 2008 at London's 02 Arena, one of Europe's
largest indoor venues, during Cohen's phenomenal 2008 World Tour, Live In
London offers definitive performances of classic songs drawn from the artist's
40-year repertory.
    With his 2008 World Tour selling more than 700,000 tickets across 84
shows worldwide, Leonard Cohen is coming to New York City's Beacon Theatre on
February 19 to perform his first U.S. concert in 15 years.
    Leonard Cohen's first newly recorded release since 2004's gold-certified
Dear Heather, the Live In London collection fully captures and recreates the
extraordinary show that earned Cohen, who celebrated his 40th year as a
Columbia Records artist in 2007, more than 80 five-star reviews for
performances during his fall 2008 UK and European tour.

    
    Leonard Cohen's return to live performance in Canada and Europe was met
with extraordinary and unanimous accolades throughout 2008:

    "Cohen poured everything he had into a stunning performance."
    - Rolling Stone, June 9, 2008

    "Cohen's master class will become Irish concert lore.... Quite simply, it
    doesn't get much better than this."
    - The Independent (Ireland), June 16, 2008

    "The mood in the hall was adulatory.... This show is one for the ages."
    - The National Post (Canada), June 7, 2008

    "An epic concert for an ecstatic audience."
    - Macleans (Canada), June 2008

    "Cohen didn't just present the songs that made him famous - he brought
    them to life, animating his well-tuned verses with wit and passion and
    presence." - Toronto Globe and Mail, June 9, 2008

    "Charming, funny, poignant, smart, sharp and sexy.... Leonard Cohen was
    our man" - Toronto Sun, June 7, 2008

    "When legend Cohen takes to the stage, it's no less than a cultural event
    of Biblical dimensions" - The Independent (Ireland), June 15, 2008

    "Leonard Cohen's first show in Britain in 15 years is immaculate,
    beautiful, exquisite." - Daily Telegraph, London, June 18, 2008

    "Leonard Cohen is the coolest dude on the planet, bar none."
    - Sunday Tribune (Ireland), June 22, 2008

    "Here is a performer who reigns supreme in his ability to illuminate the
    spiritual, the political and the personal with passion, insight and
    wit." - Birmingham Mail (England), August 4, 2008

    The first Leonard Cohen concert collection to be released since 2001's
Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979, Live In London includes the songs:

    Disc 1 -

    1.   Dance Me To The End Of Love
    2.   The Future
    3.   Ain't No Cure For Love
    4.   Bird On The Wire
    5.   Everybody Knows
    6.   In My Secret Life
    7.   Who By Fire
    8.   Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
    9.   Anthem
    10.  Introduction
    11.  Tower Of Song
    12.  Suzanne
    13.  The Gypsy's Wife

    Disc 2 -

    1.   Boogie Street
    2.   Hallelujah
    3.   Democracy
    4.   I'm Your Man
    5.   Recitation w/ N.L.
    6.   Take This Waltz
    7.   So Long, Marianne
    8.   First We Take Manhattan
    9.   Sisters Of Mercy
    10.  If It Be Your Will
    11.  Closing Time
    12.  I Tried To Leave You
    13.  Wither Thou Goest

    Leonard Cohen, lead vocal, guitar and keyboard
    Roscoe Beck, musical director, electric bass, stand-up bass,
    background vocal
    Rafael Bernardo Gayol, drums and percussion
    Neil Larsen, keyboards
    Javier Mas, banduria, laud, archilaud, and 12-string guitar
    Bob Metzger, lead guitar, pedal steel guitar
    Sharon Robinson, background vocals
    Dino Soldo, wind instruments, harmonica, keyboard, and background vocals
    Charley Webb, background vocals and guitar
    Hattie Webb, background vocals and harp
    

    Leonard Cohen's debut album The Songs Of Leonard Cohen, was released on
Columbia Records on December 27, 1967 achieving double platinum sales in
Canada. Since the release of his debut, Cohen has recorded ten additional
studio albums -- Songs From A Room (1969), Songs Of Love and Hate (1971), New
Skin For The Old Ceremony (1974), Death Of A Ladies' Man (1977), Recent Songs
(1979), Various Positions (1984), I'm Your Man (1988), The Future (1992), Ten
New Songs (2001), and Dear Heather (2004); three live albums -- Live Songs
(1972), Cohen Live (1994) and Field Commander Cohen: Tour Of 1979 (2001); and
three "greatest hits" collections - The Best Of Leonard Cohen (1975), More
Best Of (1997), and The Essential Leonard Cohen (2002). The Best Of Leonard
Cohen has achieved triple platinum sales in Canada. Over the course of his
career, Leonard Cohen has sold more than 21 million records worldwide.
    One of Leonard Cohen's most-loved songs, "Hallelujah" became a
record-setting UK chart phenomenon recently when a version performed by
Alexandra Burke, winner of the massively popular television talent competition
"X Factor," rocketed to the No.1 slot on the UK singles chart, becoming the
fastest-selling single by a female artist in UK chart history. So much
interest in the song was generated that Jeff Buckley's rendition bulleted to
No.2 while Cohen's original version entered the singles chart at No.34,
bringing the artist his first-ever British Top 40 single. With versions of the
song holding down three Top 40 UK Singles Chart positions simultaneously,
"Hallelujah" became the fastest-selling digital single in European history.
RIAA, CRIA, ARIA and IFPI statistics alone show that, prior to late 2008, more
than five million copies of "Hallelujah" sold in CD format.
    Similarly, following Cohen's six concerts in Australia, Essentials 3.0,
his Legacy Recordings collection, entered the Australian album charts at
No.21.
    Cohen has published 12 books, including two novels (1963's "The Favorite
Game" and 1966's "Beautiful Losers") and, most recently, 2006's "Book of
Longing," a collection of poetry, prose and drawings. "Book of Longing"
reached No.1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada, as compiled by
Maclean's Magazine, being the first book of poetry ever to reach the top of
the bestsellers' lists in Canada. His songs have been covered throughout the
world while influencing generations of songwriters. Cohen's music has earned
the accolades of other artists in tribute albums in France, Norway, Canada,
Spain, the Czech Republic, South Africa and the United States; among these are
the best-selling American album Tower Of Song and Jennifer Warnes' Famous Blue
Raincoat.
    Leonard Cohen has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and
the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1991, Cohen was made an Officer of
the Order of Canada and in 2003, a Companion to the Order of Canada - the
latter of which is Canada's highest civilian honor recognizing a lifetime of
outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the
nation. In June 2008, he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of
Quebec.
    When inducting him into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008, Lou
Reed singled out Leonard Cohen as among the "highest and most influential
echelon of songwriters."

    
    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
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For further information: Erica Silver, (416) 589-3050,
erica.silver@sonymusic.com

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