A bizarre question considering the live CD was only released yesterday and most of us have probably only heard the live show once, but here's my personal view. "Live Songs" will always be the ultimate Leonard live CD, and possibly the greatest live CD ever. I say this because it elevated the concept of live CD into artistic statement. It included the Minute Prologue, (a new song) Passing Through, Bird on a Wire and Story of Isaac with slightly revised lyrics, the Improvisation, another new song - Please Don't Pass Me By (which I experienced live at the Royal Albert Hall), the extended Tonight Will Be Fine and a new song-poem Queen Victoria. In an interview around this time, Leonard said that the crucifixion would once again become a valid symbol for mankind, because that's exactly where we were at - on the cross. The album came out at Easter and seemed to capture that exact moment, especially with it's opening words "I saw Jesus on the cross on a hill called calvary, do you hate mankind for what he's done to you etc...".
In 1976, I had a fully formed idea of a second Live Songs that I thought Leonard should record, which as I recall included Sisters of Mercy and Chelsea Hotel with the Janis Joplin rap. Ironically, when I first met Leonard in the summer of that year, I meant to mention the idea, but forgot! Surprisingly, there was then not another live album for almost twenty years.
Cohen Live was very good, especially as it included the new version of Hallelujah that Leonard had been singing. However, it somehow did not fully capture the live shows that we had experienced in the UK, and the sequence of songs did not seem quite right.
Although many rate Field Commander Cohen as Leonard's greatest live album, I have never given it enough plays to assess it properly. It seemed to have appeared out of some kind of time warp, and I didn't wish to repeatedly hear a selection of tracks from my most treasured Leonard album "Recent Songs" (until that point in time, I had always played a Leonard album from start to finish).
Now, the new live CD is here and I will no doubt listen to it for the experience. However, for me, the DVD is the real thing - a full concert that I actually attended, featuring songs that I know word for word. Furthermore, I will be seeing Leonard live in the summer at what will presumably be a very similar concert. Therefore it would not be possible to rate the new CD in the way that you suggest.
All the best, John E