New Skin For The Old Ceremony Leonard Cohen
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- 1Is This What You Wanted04:13
- 2Chelsea Hotel #203:06
- 3Lover Lover Lover03:19
- 4Field Commander Cohen03:59
- 5Why Don't You Try03:50
- 6There Is a War02:59
- 7A Singer Must Die03:17
- 8I Tried to Leave You02:40
- 9Who by Fire02:33
- 10Take This Longing04:06
- 11Leaving Green Sleeves02:38
Info for New Skin For The Old Ceremony
Though it is the least acclaimed of Leonard Cohen's early albums, „New Skin For The Old Ceremony“ is one of his best, easily the equal of its three predecessors. It is much more ambitious than Cohen's previous efforts in terms of songwriting, but the production is nevertheless understated and tasteful. The urgent delivery and rhythmic drive of 'Lover Lover Lover' and 'There is a War' makes it seem like the young David Byrne spent as much time absorbing Cohen as he did Jonathan Richman. Ever the rake, Cohen makes a sly romantic appeal to an objet d'amour on the low-key, dixieland jazz-inflected 'Why Don't You Try.'
„New Skin For The Old Ceremony“ is full of emotionally harrowing moments. On 'Is This What You Wanted,' Cohen is haunted by the ghost of a relationship that may not even be over yet. 'A Singer Must Die' finds him taken to task by the world at large (and himself) for some imagined treason intrinsic to his chosen profession. As effective as they are, these tumultuous scenarios are wisely offset by the black humor of the aforementioned 'Why Don't You Try' and the over-the-top 'Leaving Greensleeves.' In all, this is one of Cohen's strongest and most overlooked albums.
'...Cohen combines the raw, forlorn, bitter, deadpan and throwaway, moulding an atmosphere of wistful misery...' (Q Magazine)
Leonard Cohen, guitar, vocals
John Lissauer, woodwinds, keyboards, backup vocals
Jeff Layton, banjo, mandolin, guitar, trumpet
Gerald Chamberlain, trombones
Lewis Furey, viola
Ralph Gibson, guitar
Janis Ian, background vocals
Gail Kantor, background vocals
Emily Bindiger, background vocals
Erin Dickins, background vocals
John Miller, bass
Don Payne, bass
Roy Markowitz, drums
Barry Lazarowitz, percussion
Armen Halburian, percussion
Recorded in February 1974, Sound Ideas Studio, New York
Engineered by Rick Rowe, Frank Laico
Produced by Leonard Cohen, John Lissauer
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