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Because his longtime label, Columbia Records, decided not to release Various Positions in 1984 or 1985 in the U.S., it gave the impression that Leonard Cohen’s musical career was in danger. It was a shortsighted decision, and one that Columbia corrected in 1990 with a CD release of the album. At the time, the album brought back New Skin from the Old Ceremony producer John Lissauer to the Cohen fold, and together—with Jennifer Warnes billed as a co-vocalist on the tracks—the trio went about assembling a “modern” Leonard Cohen album that embraced the current sounds of synthesizers and stronger backbeats. Of course, none of this would matter if Cohen didn’t hold up his part on the songwriting end. “Dance Me to the End of Love,” “Coming Back to You,” “Heart With No Companion,” “If It Be Your Will,” and “Hallelujah” (yes, that “Hallelujah”!) immediately proved the strength of Cohen’s writing. But deep, repeated listens of the remaining material proved that Cohen had made a modern classic—of the same quality of 1988’s Columbia-released “comeback” album, I’m Your Man

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Acquired taste, to be sure, is our Grandfather Song, but this alum is the place to start. It's the pivot between the songs of Lenny's first heat, green and lyrical, and the more ( or even more, one should say) of his fall and winter. That season is fully upon us with "I'm Your Man"' the next collection in the canon, but here there seems commerce the older and younger men. Get it and be haunted,




Born: September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most fascinating and enigmatic -- if not the most successful -- singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commanded the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who continued...
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