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i know its probably been done a million times before but where do i start with Leonard Cohen?
prob isn't very helpful, but 'the essential...' is an excellent compilation.
i was thinking about getting that one, it's got loads of tracks and apparently was hand-picked by cohen himself which i like
i will get slated for this but his greatest hits then the songs you like from that find which album they are on.songs of love and hate is pretty good
is it bad?
for getting greatest hits albums, sometimes you dont know where to start with some artists with a huge back catalogue .cheap best ofs help
i've got no problem with greatest hits tbh
the first four records are really essential. the songs of leonard cohen, songs of love and hate, songs from a room, and new skin for the old ceremony. the acknowledged classic from those is songs of love and hate, but i love the debut, the songs of leonard cohen probably just as much.
post-1974 is a bit hit and miss imo. the words are still brilliant but some of the songs/production are pretty mediocre.
oh there's a live record called 'field commander cohen' recorded in 1979 which is just wonderful, and if you can get hold of the version of memories from there your life will be that much closer to being complete.
he seems to be one of those artists thats impossible to dislike
the debut is fantastic and you can pick it up really cheap. i'd agree with the above, the first four albums are incredible. there's some gold on the later albums too - especially i'm your man - if you can stomach the production. the first greatest hits ('75 i think) is a great summary of the first 4 LPs if you don't want to choose,
i've gone for 'Leonard Cohen - The Collection' £20 on amazon. On it is... Songs of Leonard Cohen/Various Positions/I'm Your Man/the Future/Ten New Songs. It pretty much spans his career, hope it's good!