Leonard Cohen – Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
Label: Columbia, Legacy
Catalog#: 88697 57070 1, 88697 57070 1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Released: Oct 2009
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Rock
Style: Folk Rock
A1 Introduction 3:06
A2 Bird On The Wire 4:15
A3 Intro To So Long, Marianne 0:16
A4 So Long, Marianne 7:07
A5 Intro: “Let’s Renew Ourselves Now...” 0:51
A6 You Know Who I Am 3:58
B1 Intro To Poems 0:29
B2 Lady Midnight 3:38
B3 They Locked Up A Man (poem) / A Person Who Eats Meat / Intro 2:00
B4 One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:54
B5 The Stranger Song 6:37
C1 Tonight Will Be Fine 6:17
C2 Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye 3:34
C3 Diamonds In The Mine 5:23
C4 Suzanne 4:18
D1 Sing Another Song, Boys 6:13
D2 The Partisan 4:47
D3 Famous Blue Raincoat 5:20
D4 Seems So Long Ago, Nancy 4:19
Acoustic Guitar, Written-By – Leonard Cohen
Art Direction, Design – Edward O'Dowd
Backing Vocals – Corlynn Hanney, Donna Washburn, Susan Musmanno
Bass, Banjo – Elkin "Bubba" Fowler
Electric Bass, Fiddle – Charlie Daniels
Executive Producer – Steve Berkowitz
Guitar – Ron Cornelius
Mastered By – Mark Wilder
Mixed By – Chris Shaw
Organ, Piano, Guitar, Harmonica – Bob Johnston
Producer [Associate] – Elisa Da Prato
Recorded By [Supervised] – Teo Macero
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 31, 1970.
On August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment – and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career, less than three weeks before his death.
As Cohen followed Hendrix’s set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist quietly tamed the crowd. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, whose footage of the 1970 festival did not begin to see release until 1995, was able to capture Cohen’s performance. Likewise, Columbia Records staff A&R producer Teo Macero, who was ostensibly there to record Miles Davis’ set, did a brilliant job of supervising Cohen’s live recording as well.
Adding further historic provenance to this release is a newly commissioned 2,000-word liner notes essay written by veteran British rock journalist and BBC commentator Sylvie Simmons. “It was a brilliant performance,” Simmons writes, “and Lerner’s cameras captured Cohen’s commanding presence, hypnotist’s charm, and an intimacy that would seem unfeasible in such a vast, inhospitable space.” As producer Bob Johnston sums up, “It was magical, from the first moment to the last. I’ve never seen anything like it. He was just remarkable.”
Against all odds, the crowd was supremely respectful, hanging onto every proverbial word - a true testament to the performance and perhaps to Cohen's droll, unhurried demeanor.
He is calm, confident, and collected, calming the frenzied crowd into a near-trancelike state. Cohen played most of the best songs from his first two albums, including "Suzanne," and three as yet unreleased: "Diamonds in the Mine," "Sing Another Song, Boys," and "Famous Blue Raincoat."
These were saved until near the end and doubtless greatly appreciated.
Probably everyone will miss a favorite or two, but the selection is hard to fault. Anyone who likes Cohen's early live album Live Songs will surely like this significantly more, as selection is notably superior and performances more consistent.
A breathtakingly intimate "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong" is the highlight for me, but others may have different preferences; there is really no weak performance.
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Isle of Wight 1970
Like all great music I wasn't sure about it at first but soon enough i couldn't get these incredible songs out of my head.. The line 'Jesus was a sailor at the time he walked on water' often came to me ..
LEONARD COHEN - BIRD ON THE WIRE
1970 Isle of Wight Live
Forty summers ago on a windswept island just off England's southern coastline, a young Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist named Leonard Cohen delivered the performance of a lifetime.
Bird on the Wire" is one of Leonard Cohen's signature songs. It was recorded 26 September 1968 in Nashville and included on his 1969 album Songs from a Room. A May 1968 recording produced by David Crosby, entitled "Like a Bird". Judy Collins was the first to release the song on her 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Goes.
Leonard Cohen - Sing Another Song, Boys
( Live at the Isle of Wight 1970)