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Live At the Isle of Wight 1970

Leonard Cohen

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It sounds almost impossible that, after days of unrest and a stage that had been burned during a set from Jimi Hendrix, the Canadian poet Leonard Cohen would take the stage at 2 a.m. and restore order. Yet that’s what’s happened. Cohen’s second album Songs from a Room was climbing the British charts and he began with the album’s single, “Bird On a Wire,” before rummaging through his first two albums and three cuts from what would be his third record, 1971’s Songs of Love and Hate. A peerless backing group (dubbed “The Army”) with producer Bob Johnston on keyboards, guitar and harmonica and Charlie Daniels on electric bass and fiddle gently support Cohen’s dramatic verse. Three female backing singers add their choir-like grace to “So Long, Marianne,” “You Know Who I Am,” and “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy.” “The Stranger Song” has never sounded more like a hypnotist’s trick with its spellbinding verses creating a soothing calm. It has always been said that Cohen’s music makes for the perfect late-night, early morning listening. Here lies your proof.

Customer Reviews

"Jane Came By With A Lock Of Your Hair!"

.."Then She Gets You On Her Wavelength!"..To Whomever dug up this "Diamond From The Mine": We Thank You So Very Much!-{Not too many good recordings exist; Except Bootlegs; Of the In/Famous Isle Of Wight Festival way back in 1970; I do hope the Archivists "Keep Digging" for more!}-Quite Ironic; Yet Fortuitous; That Old Leonard Cohen could have not one; But two "Hit Albums"; Both "Live" Recordings released in the same year!-(You really must listen to: "Live In London")-Many Highlights; Especially his fine Backing Band; Players & Singers; All there to "Sweeten The Pot" of the Magnificent Musings of "The Passionate Poet Of Montreal!"-Become enthralled with the young Leonard once again! Grimmbo.


Any Chance you would come back to South Florida for another date on your US tour? I was in Michigan at the time... Please?

hidden treasure

Even from the beginning Cohen already had enough material to put together an impressive concert set list. To think that so much has been added to his songbook at this point, this amazing capsule is a marvelous extraction and reveals Cohen as such a tender, aching soul that has reached and touched so many (generations) with his beautiful, epic, timeless music.


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 has retained an audience across five 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 commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who...
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