… and still proud of this album review / contemporary assessment of Cohen’s career : 2002 review of Leonard Cohen’s Ten New Songs album !
The 1958 demo of the original version by the Impressions is off “Bandera Doo Wop“, while Aaron Neville’s “Orchid In The Storm” version (1985), candy sweet though it may be, has a unique quality – its style kinda fits in with Leonard Cohen’s “Ten New Songs” incidentally.
The bitter wailings of the master of regret: Michael Chapman … Since discovering Chapman’s music around 1986, I’ve never taken those people seriously who find Leonard Cohen‘s music depressing. (Cohen has tremendous wit, actually.) Michael Chapman (do not confuse him with Family’s Roger Chapman) has worked with Ronson, Dunbar, Buckmaster … and has recorded his best work for Harvest. After reissues by BGO, C5, Repertoire and See for Miles, the San Francisco label Light in the Attic is the latest to rerelease him. They’re starting with his second album “Fully Qualified Survivor“ (1970). Hopefully, “Rainmaker“ (1969), “Window“ (1971) and “Wrecked Again“ (1971) will follow, and “Millstone Grit“ (Deram 1973), “Deal Gone Down“ (Deram 1974) and some of his lesser known later work (on Decca and beyond) as well. (Meanwhile, Chapman has released twenty-six solo guitar versions of tunes spanning his entire career via the “Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010” 2cd on Tompkins Square – whose site fails to state the cat. no. or barcode of their release, sadly.)
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… both utterly wonderful … unlike Sting … (apparently “Icon” was written – in a Johnny Cash stylee – after seeing Leonard Cohen live in Bruges)
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