June 4, 2011 – 12:45 pm

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Vancouver 2010 [no label, 4CD]

Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, Canada; December 2, 2010. Excellent stereo audience recording.

It doesn’t require an extraordinary pair of ears to hear that Bob Dylan’s vocals have been shot to hell even as he grows older but interestingly, Leonard Cohen’s gravelly voice - raw even - seems to have aged and imbued with a sense of wisdom and experience. Like a consoling pardoner, never accusing, he quietly dispenses hard-won nuggets of advice - just don’t expect absolution - and it’s no wonder fans easily lap up his three-hour shows.

Douglas Todd, in the Vancouver Sun, wrote of this concert:

Where does it come from? Where does Leonard Cohen get his vigor, stamina, discipline and élan vital? The 76-year-old’s simmering energy was on robust display Thursday evening at Roger’s Arena as Cohen began wrapping up a remarkable three-year world concert tour that will end December 11 in Las Vegas.

The high-octane Vancouver concert, which grey-haired Cohen opened with a stirring Dance Me To The End Of Love, may be one of the last times anyone ever gets to see a live performance by the Montreal-born singer-poet. He will be devoting next year to recording a new album…

It was a festival of love. It grew more ecstatic with each song. But it was always mixed with Cohen’s biting, brutally honest lyrics, which include deep familiarity with his own hate, confusion and depression. Addressing the crowd, he lamented the “hurt and suffering in the world” and the lucky preciousness of the “happy moment” that comes when he gives a concert.

And, as Cohen said, “I promise you… tonight, we’ll give you everything we’ve got.”

Thanks to seth01 (Seth Meister) for taping and sharing the tracks on Dime; and also for the back-cover picture. seth01 noted:

I was very, very concerned about going to this show and almost didn’t buy the very expensive tickets as I couldn’t see how the sound quality would possibly be any good in such a large venue with this type of a musician. A friend of mine had seen Cohen in this very venue a year previous and told me that it was one of the best shows he had ever seen. I respected his opinion highly as he’s an avid live music fan with a lot of experience.

Well, little did I know that Mark Vreeken (the long time soundman for the iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip) was doing sound for this show. I thought he had retired but apparently was coaxed out of retirement by Cohen to do one more tour… and how could he resist? If I had known I wouldn’t have doubted for an instance. Cohen and Vreeken make for a perfect symbiotic relationship and it all culminates in my tape for your enjoyment.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 01. Crowd 00:28 (793k)
Track 02. Dance Me To The End Of Love 05:35 (9.4MB)
Track 03. The Future 06:48 (11.1MB)
Track 04. There Ain’t No Cure For Love 05:31 (8.8MB)
Track 05. Bird On The Wire 07:06 (11.6MB)
Track 06. Everybody Knows 05:33 (8.9MB)
Track 07. In My Secret Life 05:02 (8.0MB)
Track 08. Guitar Intro 05:10 (8.7MB)

Disc 2 (Set 1)
Track 09. Who By Fire 04:57 (8.3MB)
Track 10. The Darkness 06:21 (10.4MB)
Track 11. First We Take Manhattan 06:15 (10.0MB)
Track 12. Chelsea Hotel 04:36 (7.3MB)
Track 13. Waiting For The Miracle 08:06 (13.3MB)
Track 14. Chat 01:43 (2.9MB)
Track 15. Anthem (with Band Intros) 13:22 (21.9MB)

Disc 3 (Set 2)
Track 01. Crowd & Chat 00:45 (1.2MB)
Track 02. Tower Of Song 05:36 (8.9MB)
Track 03. Suzanne 04:32 (7.6MB)
Track 04. Avalanche 03:50 (6.1MB)
Track 05. A Singer Must Die 03:37 (6.1MB)
Track 06. Sisters Of Mercy 05:00 (8.0MB)
Track 07. The Gypsy’s Wife 06:29 (10.6MB)
Track 08. The Partisan 05:29 (9.2MB)
Track 09. Boogie Street* 06:33 (10.7MB)

Disc 4 (Set 2)
Track 10. Hallelujah 07:28 (12.2MB)
Track 11. I’m Your Man 06:03 (9.7MB)
Track 12. One Thousand Kisses Deep 03:38 (5.8MB)
Track 13. Take This Waltz (with Band and Crew Intros) 07:53 (12.9MB)
Track 14. Encore Break 01:02 (1.7MB)
Track 15. So Long, Marianne 05:02 (8.5MB)
Track 16. If It Be Your Will 05:11 (8.3MB)
Track 17. Closing Time 07:26 (12.2MB)
Track 18. Crowd 01:00 (1.6MB)

* Sharon Robinson - lead vocals

Leonard Cohen - vocals, guitar, keyboard
Roscoe Beck - musical director, stand up bass, electric bass, background vocals
Neil Larsen - keyboards, Hammond B3, accordion, brass instruments
Bob Metzger - guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals
Javier Mas - bandurria, laud, archilaud and 12-string guitar
Rafael Gayol - drums, percussion
Dino Soldo - keyboard, saxophone, wind instruments, mouth harp, background vocals
Sharon Robinson - lead vocals, background vocals
Charley and Hattie Webb - background vocals, harp (Hattie), guitar (Charley) and gymnastics

Click on the link to order Leonard Cohen’s Songs From The Road (CD/DVD).

  1. 12 Responses to “LEONARD COHEN - VANCOUVER 2010”

  2. Thanks for this, been feeling the need for blues!

    By Old Wet Cat on Oct 23, 2014

  3. Track 08. Guitar Intro 05:10 (8.3MB)
    Track 03. Suzanne 04:32 (7.2MB)
    Track 15. So Long, Marianne 05:02 (8.0MB)

    ..are broken.

    By Eddie_1412 on Jun 27, 2015

  4. They are worse than broken. McAfee Antivirus says clicking on it leads to an attempt to steal your identity and financial information.

    By ScarRad on Jun 27, 2015

  5. lol. prob trying to steal all your rock t shirts too. and dont look now but some of them high priced sneakers too.
    never trust an mp3 download.. omg.. its them rotten mp3s that’ll getcha.. they just go after your soul. why i once dl’d an mp3 that got a credit card in my name and bought xmas presents and sent them to all the people i know saying it was me. course my people knew better cuz they knew i didnt like madonna or cyndi lauper and they were all songs by those people. now if it was a pink floyd mp3 or bowie.. i might never have caught them. so be on the look out for id stealing mp3s. theyre everywhere.. lol.

    By darth on Jun 27, 2015

  6. no one cares darth.

    By yo mama darth on Jun 27, 2015

  7. clearly u do enough to comment.

    By darth on Jun 27, 2015

  8. truth hurts darth. no one cares about your comments. stating the fact.

    By yo mama darth on Jun 28, 2015

  9. darth will be relevant when he’s six feet under.
    Oh wait. No he won’t. We will just be happier at his absence, without caring why. That’s darth’s legacy.
    No one will care when he strokes out and shuffles off this mortal coil. Because no one will ever know, or care.

    By Dead Darth on Jun 28, 2015

  10. Long Live Leonard Cohen Songs!

    By Joseph E. Pfeiffer on Nov 15, 2016

  11. Broken Links:

    Disc 3
    Track 05. A Singer Must Die 03:37 (5.8MB)

    Disc 4
    Track 14. Encore Break 01:02 (1.6MB)

    By SEBASTIEN LHOTE on Jan 10, 2017

  12. Broken link:

    Cd 3
    Track 08. The Partisan 05:29 (8.8MB)

    By SEBASTIEN LHOTE on Jan 10, 2017

  13. As the posts above indicate, those 3 tracks still cannot be downloaded. Any chance of a re-up?

    By John on Apr 9, 2017

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