116 Songs, 8 Hours 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leonard Cohen recorded 12 studio albums between 1967 and 2012, which means this collection contains nearly every officially released song in the Cohen catalog. (The 1973 live album Live Songs includes a few essentials unavailable elsewhere.) The evolution of Cohen’s talents is most interesting to hear. The plainspoken poet of his early work, who had already perfected a number of legendary compositions (“Suzanne,” “Bird On the Wire,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Chelsea Hotel #2”), leads to the criminally-underrated Death of a Ladies’ Man album with producer Phil Spector and the sober calm of Recent Songs and Various Positions where “Hallelujah” sat largely unnoticed by commercial audiences for decades. I’m Your Man represented an unexpected return to the public eye that led to the heightened profile Cohen has generally enjoyed ever since, with 2012’s Old Ideas finishing out the set. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Leonard Cohen recorded 12 studio albums between 1967 and 2012, which means this collection contains nearly every officially released song in the Cohen catalog. (The 1973 live album Live Songs includes a few essentials unavailable elsewhere.) The evolution of Cohen’s talents is most interesting to hear. The plainspoken poet of his early work, who had already perfected a number of legendary compositions (“Suzanne,” “Bird On the Wire,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Chelsea Hotel #2”), leads to the criminally-underrated Death of a Ladies’ Man album with producer Phil Spector and the sober calm of Recent Songs and Various Positions where “Hallelujah” sat largely unnoticed by commercial audiences for decades. I’m Your Man represented an unexpected return to the public eye that led to the heightened profile Cohen has generally enjoyed ever since, with 2012’s Old Ideas finishing out the set. 

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Ratings and Reviews

kepardue ,

Excellent collection, flawed delivery

I was excited to have the chance to have 12 of Leonard Cohen’s studio albums now Mastered for iTunes at a great price. However, it seems that Apple has elected to classify all of these tracks as a single “Album” with 12 discs. This has the effect of showing the album art for the first album but not for any subsequent album. Without the ability to have them show as 12 separate albums, you have no way to know what album you’re even listening to. It’s a flawed enough of a delivery that I’m asking for a refund in favor of purchasing the Cohen albums that I’m most interested in as separate purchases.

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