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LEONARD COHEN R.I.P. 1934 - 2016
Canadian singer Leonard Cohen has died on November 10, 2016 aged 82. Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the announcement said. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.” There were no details about the cause of Mr Cohen’s death. The BBC also reported that a memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the announcement said. The Montreal-born singer’s hits included Suzanne and I’m Your Man and he released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, in October 2016. In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Cohen spoke about the prospect of death with calmness and clarity: “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
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London 1968 [no label, 1CD]
Live at The Paris Theatre, London, UK; Spring 1968. Very good soundboard; slight hiss/noise.
Leonard Cohen paid tribute to Marianne Ihlen, the woman who inspired ‘So Long Marianne’ who died July 28, 2016, reported NME. She was 81. Writing on Facebook, Cohen asked that the letter to him from Jan Christian Mollestad be used in his memorial. Jan Christian Mollestad is currently completing a biographical film about Marianne.
Wrote Mollestad, “Marianne slept slowly out of this life yesterday evening. Totally at ease, surrounded by close friends,” the letter began. “Your letter came when she still could talk and laugh in full consciousness. When we read it aloud, she smiled as only Marianne can. She lifted her hand, when you said you were right behind, close enough to reach her.”
It continued, “It gave her deep peace of mind that you knew her condition. And your blessing for the journey gave her extra strength. Jan and her friends who saw what this message meant for her, will all thank you in deep gratitude for replying so fast and with such love and compassion.”
The letter concluded, “In her last hour I held her hand and hummed Bird on a Wire, while she was breathing so lightly. And when we left he room, after her soul had flown out of the window for new adventures, we kissed her head and whispered your everlasting words, ‘So long, Marianne’.”
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Thanks to prof_stoned for the mastering; and for sharing the show at Dime.
A very important bootleg, IMO, that begs for an official release. Reportedly, it was sourced from a cassette copy that a fan got directly from an BBC employee after writing a letter to inquire after the status of this recording. The BBC employee also mentioned that this came from his private copy and that video sources no longer existed in the archives.
The audio recording was first heard by the public in 1993 when it came out on a pressed CD bootleg in inferior quality. Then later in the mid-2000s it started to circulate in better quality. I first heard this in 2006 when someone uploaded it on Dime’s tracker. Although pretty clean, that source was marred heavily by noise reduction artefacts. For this new version, I have used another source that I found on another tracker. It had more noises and also some signs of NR, but substantially less than the 2006 Dime source. I fear this is probably as good as it’s gonna get, unless someone manages to obtain a clean digital copy of the BBC cassette which, to my knowledge, is not in circulation.
Despite the obvious deterioration of the source material, the sound quality here has still turned out quite good. I have carefully restored and remastered this at my mastering studio. The original source sounded a bit dull. By bringing up the high-end a bit, the NR problem and hiss also became more apparent, but I think I found an acceptable balance (to my taste, anyway). I also corrected the speed of the two original parts (one ran a bit too fast, the other a bit too slow).
To me, the historical importance outweighs the sonic flaws by far. Four songs performed here (not counting There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me, which is more a joke than a song) were unreleased at the time, though already fully realized. Some of the arrangements are quite different from the studio versions and there’s an extra unheard verse on So Long, Marianne.
Artery commented at Dime:
It was me that transferred the BBC engineer’s tape to WAV then CD. I can’t actually remember the year, but some time after 1998, I think. The tape was sent to me by well known Cohen expert Jim Devlin. I do remember that Jim had borrowed the original cassette from the BBC gentleman and we returned it to him after digitising the contents.
I certainly added no NR of any kind. My transfer was a raw Cassette deck to CD Wave with only track markers inserted. I own the original At The Beeb bootleg CD and not only was quality much better on our cassette but the final track One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong was missing from that bootleg.
Someone torrented a version of my original transfer under the title BBC Broadcasts 1968 (including four additional songs from John Peel and Julie Felix shows). Maybe that is where the noise reduction came in.
It’s a very interesting performance in several ways. I believe it’s the only known performance of Dress Rehearsal Rag, pre-dating its appearance on record by three years, and One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong is very rare too. I believe that members of The Strawbs were the backing musicians, certainly including Dave Cousins.
The odd thing for me is that I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who saw the original TV transmission. The Paris Theatre was the venue of many BBC Radio In Concerts and an odd choice for TV I think.
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Soundboard > Pre-FM Reel-To-Reel Master > Cassette > ? > FLAC > Mastering 2016 > FLAC
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Track 01. You Know Who I Am 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 02. Bird On The Wire 4:22 (7.4MB)
Track 03. The Stranger Song 6:17 (10.6MB)
Track 04. So Long, Marianne 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 05. Master Song 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 06. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 07. Sisters Of Mercy 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 08. Teachers 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 09. Dress Rehearsal Rag 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 10. Suzanne 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 11. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 12. Story Of Isaac 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 13. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:05 (6.9MB)
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