What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby andor » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:08 pm

It may very well be a different list next week, but here goes:

Songs of Leonard Cohen: The Master Song

Songs From A Room: A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes

Songs of Love and Hate: Sing Another Song, Boys (I want to type 'All of them!!!', but that would be cheating)

Live Songs: Queen Victoria (just noticed the topic says 'studio album' but since this song doesn't seem to be live (or is it???) I'll keep it on here)

New Skin for the Old Ceremony: Take This Longing

Death of a Ladies Man: Paper Thin Hotel

Recent Songs: Came So Far For Beauty

Various Positions: Coming Back To You

I'm Your Man: First We Take Manhatten

The Future: Waiting For The Miracle

Ten New Songs: In My Secret Life

Dear Heather: Go No More A-Roving

Phew, that was difficult!
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby MaryB » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:46 pm

As of May 22 (with LisaLCfan), we started to 'cheat' a little and allowed ourselves 2 picks from every album. Still, extremely difficult to choose only 2.
1993 Detroit 2008 Kitchener June 2-Hamilton June 3 & 4-Vienna Sept 24 & 25-London RAH Nov 17 2009 NYC Feb 19-Grand Prairie Apr 3-Phoenix Apr 5-Columbia May 11-Red Rocks Jun 4-Barcelona Sept 21-Columbus Oct 27-Las Vegas Nov 12-San Jose Nov 13 2010 Sligo Jul 31 & Aug 1-LV Dec 10 & 11 2012 Paris Sept 30-London Dec 11-Boston Dec 16 2013 Louisville Mar 30-Amsterdam Sept 20
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby schubert » Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:14 pm

This is hard but fun,like many people my choices change all the time so today its.
Songs of LC: Master song, Sisters of mercy.
Songs from a room: The Old Revolution,tonight will be fine.
Songs of Love and Hate: Lets sing another song boys,Avanlanche.
New Skin: Take this longing,Is this what you wanted.
Death of a Ladies Man: Dont go Home,Memories.
Recent Songs: The Guests,Ballad of The Absent Mare.
Various Positions: Dance Me to the end of Love,Hallelujah
I'm Your Man: First We Take Manhattan,Tower of Song.
The Future: Waiting For The Miracle,The Future.
Ten New Songs: A Thousand Kisses Deep,That Dont Make it Junk.
Dear Heather: Go No More A-Roving, Because Of.

Phew that was hard!!!
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby MaryB » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:04 am

I bet our choices would change somewhat if we were to list our favorite 22 songs (the count if choosing 2 songs from every album). Some albums may get only 1 or maybe no choices, while others would have more than 2.
1993 Detroit 2008 Kitchener June 2-Hamilton June 3 & 4-Vienna Sept 24 & 25-London RAH Nov 17 2009 NYC Feb 19-Grand Prairie Apr 3-Phoenix Apr 5-Columbia May 11-Red Rocks Jun 4-Barcelona Sept 21-Columbus Oct 27-Las Vegas Nov 12-San Jose Nov 13 2010 Sligo Jul 31 & Aug 1-LV Dec 10 & 11 2012 Paris Sept 30-London Dec 11-Boston Dec 16 2013 Louisville Mar 30-Amsterdam Sept 20
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby John Etherington » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:38 pm

Okay Mary, here's a totally off the top of my head twenty-two favourites (maybe not totally definitive) in alphabetical order:

A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes
Alexandra Leaving
Anthem
Avalanche
Ballad of the Absent Mare
Be For Real
Bird on the Wire
Coming Back to You
Democracy
Heart With No Companion
Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
I Can't Forget
If it Be Your Will
Lady Midnight
Love Calls You By Your Name
Night Comes On
The Partisan
Sing Another Song Boys
Sisters of Mercy
Suzanne
Take This Waltz
The Window

All good things, John E
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby MaryB » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:05 pm

John,
Are you finding it difficult to put these choices in order of favorites, is that the reason for alphabetical ;-) ?
Warmest regards,
Mary
1993 Detroit 2008 Kitchener June 2-Hamilton June 3 & 4-Vienna Sept 24 & 25-London RAH Nov 17 2009 NYC Feb 19-Grand Prairie Apr 3-Phoenix Apr 5-Columbia May 11-Red Rocks Jun 4-Barcelona Sept 21-Columbus Oct 27-Las Vegas Nov 12-San Jose Nov 13 2010 Sligo Jul 31 & Aug 1-LV Dec 10 & 11 2012 Paris Sept 30-London Dec 11-Boston Dec 16 2013 Louisville Mar 30-Amsterdam Sept 20
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby B4real » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:44 pm

I’m probably breaking the rules but here goes:

1967 Songs of LC - Suzanne / Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
1968 BBC broadcasts live – The Stranger Song /There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me
1969 Songs from a room – Bird On The Wire / The Old Revolution
1970 Songs of love and hate – Avalanche / Last Year’s Man
1973 Live songs – Minute Prologue / Tonight Will Be Fine
1974 New skin for the old ceremony – Chelsea Hotel #2 / Take This Longing
1975 The best of LC – So Long Marianne / Famous Blue Raincoat
1977 Death of a ladies’ man – Memories / Death Of A Ladies Man
1979 Recent songs – The Traitor / The Window
1984 Various Positions – Hallelujah / If It Be Your Will
1968 to 1988 Rare Live Songs - Chelsea Hotel#1 / Billy Sunday
1988 I’m your man – Ain’t No Cure For Love / I’m Your Man
1992 The future – Closing Time / Anthem
1994 Cohen live – Heart With No Companion / Dance Me To The End Of Love
1997 More best of LC – Take This Waltz / Democracy
2001 Field commander Cohen: tour of 1979 – Why Don’t You Try / The Smokey Life
2001 Ten new songs – Alexander Leaving / My Secret Life
2004 Dear Heather – The Faith / To A Teacher
2008 The essential LC: ltd ed 3 disc set – Night Comes On / Seem So Long Ago Nancy
2008 Live in London – The Tower Of Song / The Future
2009 Live in Brisbane – The Gypsy’s Wife / Everybody Knows
2009 Live at the Isle of Wight – You Know Who I Am / One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

Ha! Ha! Ha! ……… this way I can choose a lot more songs. Sorry, I hope I haven’t complicated your list John :razz: ........and yeah, Mary mine are numerical ;-)
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby Stamatina » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:18 pm

Of course you're breaking the rules! Even the title of the thread declares it: "..from each LC STUDIO album"!! :razz: :razz:
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby B4real » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:26 pm

Hi Stamatina

I really don't know how I thought I would get away with it :oops:
I could always claim selective vision :? :lol:
But you've got to admit it is a most impressive list :razz:
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby Stamatina » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:06 pm

Yes, I've got to admit I envy your magnificence.
It's just that, you know..I hate it that I didn't think about doing this first.. :razz: :razz:
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Oh tangle of matter and ghost
Oh darling of angels, demons and saints
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby TipperaryAnn » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:19 pm

Thanks to John for this thread; it's a relief to get back to LC 's music after all the recent controversies ! I think it's a pity people started putting in 2 favourites from each album; part of the exercise is to HAVE to choose; there are several albums from which I would happily choose 3 or 4 or more.... ! I have included the 4 Live albums I possess, however, because "Field Commander Cohen " is my favourite album, with my favourite version of "The Window" on it, and there is no way I could have a list of LC favourites without "The Window" ! I HATED to have to omit Famous Blue Raincoat, The Traitor, and Hey, That's no way to say Goodbye !

1 Songs of Leonard cohen : The Stranger Song
2 Songs from a Room : Seems so long ago, Nancy
3 Songs of Love and Hate: Joan of Arc
4 New Skin for the Old Ceremony : Chelsea Hotel 2
5 Death of a Ladies' Man: Memories
6 Recent Songs : The ballad of the Absent Mare
7 Various Positions: The Night Comes On
8 I'm Your Man: I'm Your Man
9 The Future : Closing Time
10 Ten New Songs : Alexandra Leaving
11 Dear Heather : The Nightingale
Live Albums : Field Commander Cohen : The Window
Cohen Live: Who By Fire
Live in London: Anthem
Live in the Isle of Wight : Tonight will be Fine
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby John Etherington » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:40 am

Good list Ann! Pleased to see this thread is still running.
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby Inne » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:25 am

Very hard to choose only one, so I added the live albums to ease the pain somehow...

Songs Of Leonard Cohen : The Stranger Song
Songs From A Room : The Partisan
Songs Of Love And Hate : Avalanche
New Skin For The Old Ceremony : Take This Longing
Death Of A Ladies' Man : Memories
Recent Songs : The Traitor
Various Positions : Night Comes On
I'm Your Man : Take This Waltz
The Future : Light As The Breeze
Ten New Songs : Love Itself
Dear Heather : The Letters

Live At The Isle Of Wight : You Know Who I Am
Live Songs : Minute Prologue
Field Commander Cohen : The Window
Cohen Live : One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
Live In London : Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbuy
The Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen : Do I Have To Dance All Night
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby holydove » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:00 am

The first time I saw this thread, I passed on it because I thought it was really impossible to choose; but now I decided to play, with the qualification that these are my choices at THIS moment (as I'm sure is the case for just about everyone):

Songs of LC: Teachers/Stranger Song
Song From A Room: The Old Revolution/Story of Isaac
Songs of Love & Hate: Joan of Arc/Avalanche
New Skin: Take This Longing/Is This What You Wanted
DOALM: Death of a Ladies' Man (the only one on that album I can bear to listen to so far)
Various Positions: Coming Back To You/Hallelujah
Recent Songs: The Traitor/The Window
I'm Your Man: Tower of Song/Take This Waltz
Ten New Songs: A Thousand Kisses Deep/That Don't Make It Junk
Dear Heather: The Faith/Because Of

Well, phew, that was difficult! I was determined to play by the original rule of choosing only one, but I couldn't do it - I had to go back and add another - it's a good thing Lisa changed the rules, or I might have been sitting here editing this list for the rest of my life! Thanks, Lisa. . .

And thank you to John for the thread - it's actually fun & interesting, in a painful sort of way!
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Re: What's your favourite song from each LC studio album?

Postby TipperaryAnn » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:27 pm

Yes, Holydove, I know what you mean about choosing just one being painful ! :( I understand now why Lisa and others chose two; if I was posting my list again I would just HAVE to include both Famous Blue Raincoat and Joan of Arc from Songs of Love and Hate. (Strangely enough, Avalanche, which so many people choose, doesn't appeal to me - yet, anyway .) But, as others have pointed out, our lists might be quite different in the future!
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