Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

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Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

The 1950s
2
2%
The 1960s
17
19%
The 1970s
27
30%
The 1980s
18
20%
The 1990s
9
10%
The 2000s
18
20%
 
Total votes: 91
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Stranger » Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:38 am

I like cdb's categories. I definitively prefer the Early Period.
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by ThatcherAdams » Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:53 am

That's a really hard poll to vote in. I don't think I would vote in his 60's period, but just about everything else is a tie...
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by mirrormist » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:57 am

the last forty years is my favourite period. I have been fortunate to have lived it ;-)
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by somewhat_nifty » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:14 am

That's too hard - can I have the 60s and 70s? (actually, you can chuck in the rest too) :lol:
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Yorkshire Lad » Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:54 pm

My favorite Leonard Cohen period is NOW because I can enjoy his past and look forward to his future
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Jim Williams » Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:05 am

liptrot wrote:My favorite Leonard Cohen period is NOW because I can enjoy his past and look forward to his future
Nicely put.
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Yankovic » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:41 pm

Sorry, you will all have to vote again. I added the 1950s to the poll, which I hadn't done previously. There were only 66 votes and the 1970s was in the lead, followed by the 60s, the 80s, the 2000s and the 90s was last. So vote again. This includes both, music and literature.
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Jim Williams » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:47 pm

Yankovic wrote:The 1970s was in the lead, followed by the 70s.
Blimey, is the 70s allowed two votes? Still, it was bound to happen. ;)
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Yankovic » Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:28 pm

Jim Williams wrote:
Yankovic wrote:The 1970s was in the lead, followed by the 70s.
Blimey, is the 70s allowed two votes? Still, it was bound to happen. ;)
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by dick » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:09 pm

Not sure what this is going to prove, but I voted anyway. Sorry to see 0 for the 90's, cause I still think the Future is fantastic. Voted for 2000's because I have been blessed by meeting and live concerts and Book of Longing --- WOW

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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by linda_lakeside » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:04 pm

I agree with you on The Future, Dick, however, to share my vote with the world, I voted the 70's because of that great collection (Best of 1975), and Field Commander Cohen, which I guess would be on the cusp of the 70's and 80's but technically the 70's. Still, it included some great stuff from the 60's redone. Same with the Best of '75, released in the 70's but including stuff from the 60's. I couldn't vote the 90's even though The Future is one of my faves. The 90's just didn't hold 'enough' interest, where his earlier years did. Also, in the 70's he was losing that 'pure' sounding tenor voice and taking Judy Collins' advice to deepen his voice - add an edge. Too bad polls come with a one vote, no excuses sort of policy. Each period had its merits but the 70's had some of the nice 'edgier' - not good for radio play type songs, which is what I liked the best. Some great tunes in that period, and it served to show how he was changing. So, to make my reasons known and even MORE confusing - 'his early period with a hole in it to zip over to The Future', and slip back into the 60's by way of the Best of collection. Phew~don't know why I have to complicate these matters, but I take Leonard's work seriously, as we all do, and I couldn't just tick a box without giving my reasons. It's very difficult to pinpoint a time in history to say, with unwavering certainty, that 'this was my favourite period'. Btw, as I've said before, I like to see these older threads resurface, it makes me all weepy to remember what seems like a looong time ago. :) I'll get over it, when Leonard FINALLY makes it to the West Coast.
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Fljotsdale » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:47 pm

I love every thing he ever wrote/sang, so I'd vote for every period. However, I voted for the 2000s because my all-time favourite is Love Itself, which is on the 2001 Ten New Songs.
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by somewhat_nifty » Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:05 pm

Have voted again - I find it so, so hard to choose between the 60s and 70s, but have finally plumped for 60s as it brought me Master Song. Imagine if you had to do this in real life and that would be all you were allowed to listen to :shock: The thing I love about Leonard's career is that there are absolute gems dotted throughout.
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by Yankovic » Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:23 am

1950s
Let Us Compare Mythologies

1960s
The Favourite Game
Beautiful Losers
The Spice-Box of Earth
Flowers For Hitler
Parasites of Heaven
Songs of Leonard Cohen
Songs From A Room

1970s
The Energy of Slaves
Death of a Lady's Man
Songs of Love and Hate
The Best of Leonard Cohen
Live Songs
New Skin For the Old Ceremony
Death of a Ladies' Man
Recent Songs

1980s
Book of Mercy
Various Positions
I'm Your Man

1990s
The Future
Cohen Live
More Best Of
Stranger Music

2000s
Feild Commander Cohen
Ten New Songs
Dear Heather
The Essential Leonard Cohen
Book of Longing
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Re: Which is your favorite Leonard Cohen period?

Post by linda_lakeside » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:37 am

Hmm.. Looks like 'collections' don't count - hence my 'cheating' with The Best of and Field Commander Cohen from the '70's - which, yes, contained a lot of 60's stuff. Still, I have to stay with '70's - Songs of Love and Hate and Recent Songs (maybe that's my 'collection' which my memory miscatted, being two very influential discs, for me. Very hard. After all, musically, we were introduced to Leonard with Master Songs and all those great tunes we never hear but in our own homes (except for the overly played Suzanne). I stand by my Vote! And I agree with you too, Flots, Love Itself was a great song - it saved TNS for me. Let's not even speak of 'Light as the Breeze' from The Future ... :) - Great album, great song.
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