Thursday, 22 October 2015

Art of the Cover - Leonard Cohen's "Never Gave Nobody Trouble" (2015)

A striking piece of stylised art adorns the lead single for the wonderful recent live Lenny collection  "Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour".

The ten songs of this hypnotic album are real rarities, recorded on his recent, celebrated "Old Ideas World Tour."

The album includes some songs Cohen has never released before - songs like "Never Gave Nobody Trouble" and "Got a Little Secret" - as well as a covers of George Jones' "Choices" and Georges Dor's "La Manic".

Can't Forget gives listeners an extremely special glimpse into Cohen's intimate rehearsal process, widely known to be in-depth 'concerts before the concert,' heard by fans for the first time with this new record.  

The songs on Can't Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen's legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive.

Here is a full range of Leonard Cohen's work: new songs including, from the realm of blues, the wickedly funny "Got a Little Secret" and "Never Gave Nobody Trouble"; luxurious performances of such Cohen masterpieces as "I Can't Forget," "Light As a Breeze," "Night Comes On," and a sublime  reinterpretation of "Joan of Arc".

Cohen also treats us to a gripping version of the Quebecois love song "La Manic," performed before a captivated audience in Quebec City, as well as a moving tribute cover of the late country master George Jones's classic "Choices."

Yap these are surely songs and performances of the first order that you can't ever forget. 

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