New Audio CD by Grayscale Records (to be released on November 10, 2017 in Europe and on December 15 in North America)
When singer Leonard Cohen died in November 2016, the whole world mourned. He was a much loved Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, novelist and painter, whose work explored religion, politics, isolations, sexuality and personal relationships. He started writing poetry in the early 1950s and his first published book of poetry came out in 1956. He is probably best known for the music he started to record in the 1960s, but this collection of early recordings provides a fascinating insight into his modus operandi. Available here, for the first time, the listener is granted a rare glimpse into his creative process many years before he achieved fame and international respect.
For Wilf And His House (1955)
Beside the Shepherd (1956)
The Sparrows (1955)
Les Vieus (1954)
These recordings are taken from the vinyl album "Six Montreal Poets" (released in 1957; a quite rare collectors item today).
We don't know yet if this new audio CD is authorized or not.
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Thanks to Dominique Boile for finding the sales ad of this new audio CD!In 1957 Folkways Records released the "Six Montreal Poets" album with A.J.M. Smith, Irving Layton, Louis Dudek, F.R. Scott, A.M. Klein, and Leonard Cohen - all reading their own poetry on the record
Folkways Records was one of the largest independent record companies of the mid-twentieth century. Founded by Moses Asch in 1947 and run as an independent company until its sale to the Smithsonian Institution in 1987, Folkways issued nearly 2,200 titles of folk and traditional music from America and other countries, literature, poetry and documentaries.