Leonard Cohen

~ Person

Legal name: Leonard Norman Cohen


Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Princess of Asturias Awards for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen's overall career in popular music by asserting that "[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late '60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making.... Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century."

His second novel, Beautiful Losers (1966), received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages. The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen's overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that "Cohen's successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen's poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics... while it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines."

Cohen's first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded "Bird on the Wire") and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. "Hallelujah" was first released on Cohen's studio album Various Positions in 1984. I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. In 2006 Cohen produced and co-wrote Blue Alert, a collaboration with jazz chanteuse Anjani Thomas. After the success of his 2008–13 world tours, Cohen released the highest charting album in his entire career, Old Ideas, to positive reviews. On 22 September 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen released his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, again to positive reviews. Cohen's fourteenth album, You Want It Darker, was released on 21 October 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Songs of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 4.85 10
1969 Songs From a Room Leonard Cohen 4.65 8
1970 Songs of Love and Hate Leonard Cohen 4.65 9
1974 New Skin for the Old Ceremony Leonard Cohen 4.5 3
1977 Death of a Ladies’ Man Leonard Cohen 4 5
1979 Recent Songs Leonard Cohen 4 5
1984 Various Positions Leonard Cohen 4.5 5
1988 I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen 4.5 7
1992 The Future Leonard Cohen 4 4
2001 Ten New Songs Leonard Cohen 3.8 9
2004 Dear Heather Leonard Cohen 4 7
2012 Old Ideas Leonard Cohen 4 5
2014 Popular Problems Leonard Cohen 3 2
2016 You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 So Long, Marianne Leonard Cohen 3 3
1975 The Best of Leonard Cohen / Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 4 11
1980 Liebesträume: Leonard Cohen singt seine schönsten Lieder Leonard Cohen 1
1981 Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 1
1982 Highlights Leonard Cohen 1
1992 Los 60 de los 60 Leonard Cohen 1
1997 More Best of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 4
2002 The Essential Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 5 6
2003 An Introduction to Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 1
2008 The Collection Leonard Cohen 1
2008 Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 1
2009 Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 2
2010 The Essential Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 1
2015 Opus Collection Leonard Cohen 1
Best Leonard Cohen 1
Best Of Leonard Cohen 1
Golden Hits Leonard Cohen 1
The Best of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 1

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Leonard Cohen & Canadian Poetry Leonard Cohen, A.J.M. Smith, Irving Layton, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, A.M. Klein 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 The Complete BBC Recording Leonard Cohen 1
1973 Live Songs Leonard Cohen 4 4
1985 Heart Housed in Thorn-Bush Leonard Cohen 1
1992 Diamonds in the Mine Field Leonard Cohen 1
1993 1993-05-21: First We Take Manhatten: Kongresshaus, Zürich, Switzerland Leonard Cohen 1
1993 Above the Soul Leonard Cohen 1
1993 At the Beeb Leonard Cohen 1
1993 Live at Montreux 1976 Leonard Cohen 1
1994 Live in Concert Leonard Cohen 3
1998 Blossoms of Heaven, Ashes of Hell Leonard Cohen 2
2000 Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 Leonard Cohen 2
2009 Live in London Leonard Cohen 5 5
2009 Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 Leonard Cohen 2
2010 Songs From the Road Leonard Cohen 3
2012 Angels at My Shoulder Leonard Cohen 1
2014 Live In Dublin Leonard Cohen 4
2015 Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour Leonard Cohen 2
1968-xx-xx: BBC Television Theatre, London, UK Leonard Cohen, Dave Cousins & The Strawbs 1
1976-06-23: Strasbourg, France Leonard Cohen 1
1985-03-09: Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, München, Germany Leonard Cohen 1
2008-06-25: Place Des Arts Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, QC, Canada Leonard Cohen 1
2008-07-16: The Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh, UK Leonard Cohen 1
2008-10-01: Torwar, Warszawa, Poland Leonard Cohen 1
2008-11-26: L'Olympia, Paris, France Leonard Cohen 1
2009-01-28: Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia Leonard Cohen 1
2009-04-13: Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA, USA Leonard Cohen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 The Partisan Leonard Cohen 1
1976 Do I Have To Dance All Night / The Butcher Leonard Cohen 1
1988 Ain’t No Cure for Love Leonard Cohen 2
1988 First We Take Manhattan Leonard Cohen 1
1988 I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen 1
1989 First We Take Manhattan / Suzanne / So Long Marianne Leonard Cohen 1
1992 Democracy Leonard Cohen 1
1998 Beautiful Losers Leonard Cohen 1
2001 In My Secret Life (Ten New Songs demo CD) Leonard Cohen 1
2011 Show Me The Place Leonard Cohen 1
2012 Darkness Leonard Cohen 1
2014 Almost Like the Blues Leonard Cohen 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Live in Fredericton Leonard Cohen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Complete Studio Albums Collection Leonard Cohen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 1
2011 All Time Best Leonard Cohen 1
Hit Collection Leonard Cohen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968-01-27: Once More With Felix, BBC2, London, England, UK Leonard Cohen & Julie Felix 1
1968-08-11: Top Gear, John Peel Sessions, BBC Radio 1, UK Leonard Cohen 1
1988-04-05: Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany Leonard Cohen 1
2008-02-11: Oberhausen, Germany Leonard Cohen 1
2008-05-23: Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB, Canada Leonard Cohen 1
2008-06-07: SONY Center, Toronto, ON, Canada Leonard Cohen 1
2008-06-18: Opera House, Manchester, UK Leonard Cohen 1
2008-06-23: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Place des Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada Leonard Cohen 1
2008-07-06: Rådhus Parken, Århus, Denmark Leonard Cohen 1
2008-10-25: Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland Leonard Cohen 1
2008-10-29: Festhalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Leonard Cohen 1
2008-11-14: The O2, London, England, UK Leonard Cohen 1
2008-11-24: Olympia, Paris, France Leonard Cohen 1

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