March 5, 2009 – 4:30 pm

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New York 2009 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York, February 19, 2009. Very good FM recording; not complete show.

Last Christmas, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was No. 1 on the UK Christmas singles chart (the song was covered by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke). While that’s mighty fine showing for the 74-year-old singer-songwriter, that has not stopped Cohen, who toured Australia in January-February, from donating US$200,000 to the victims of the country’s bushfires.

After leaving Australia, Cohen played his first American concert in 15 years at the Beacon Theatre in New York on February 19. With his voice low, Cohen sounds like a very much sweeter Tom Waits but it is his meditative delivery that makes this ideal for late-night listening.

This is what Jason Gross, in the Village Voice, reported: “Decked out in an appropriately black suit, he was almost sprightly, kneeling and buckling and shuffling and swaying to his mid- and slow-tempo songs, his gaze trained dramatically skyward and his eyes closed as he clutched the mic. Even his voice had regained its gravelly hush, sounding better than it has on his last two albums.

“And while his eerie upscale-lounge-lizard persona still gives off chills (especially on the lusty “I’m Your Man”), it’s his latter-day apocalyptic visions that carry the most resonance in these shitty post-millennial times. “Everybody Knows” now sounded less like doomy fiction and more like he was gloomily reciting present-day headlines; he particularly savored the frightening chorus of “The Future” (”It is murder”).”

Thanks to tamlyn for sharing the tracks on the Dime site and to herzog777 for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Dance Me To The End Of Love [5:34] (7.6MB)
The Future [6:49] (9.3MB)
Chelsea Hotel No. 2 [4:06] (5.6MB)
Tower Of Song [7:16] (10.5MB)
Suzanne [3:43] (5.1MB)
The Partisan [5:13] (7.5MB)
Hallelujah [7:49] (10.7MB)
A Thousand Kisses Deep [3:23] (4.6MB)
Take This Waltz [9:20] (13.5MB)
So Long, Marianne [6:27] (8.8MB)
First We Take Manhattan [6:29] (8.9MB)
Democracy [5:18] (7.2MB)

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  1. 18 Responses to “LEONARD COHEN - NEW YORK 2009”

  2. Thank you for the fantastic music you keep offering.

    By dirk on Mar 5, 2009

  3. What a musical living legend Leonard Cohen is, great music!

    By Alex Corvini on Mar 5, 2009

  4. This is awesome. So great to hear this show. Thanks!!

    By Michael Goldberg on Mar 5, 2009

  5. Excellent Concert by Mr.Cohen!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Mar 6, 2009

  6. It was after his tour out here in australia!
    superb shows!

    By Mona on Mar 7, 2009

  7. Some heavy-ass hitters this week…cheers bros!

    By heli0tr0pe on Mar 7, 2009

  8. For the complete show as one track, afficionados can download the free NPR podcast of it from Itunes. They have quite a few really superb, professionally-recorded full concerts available free (and even legal) there.

    By Manko Eponymous on Mar 7, 2009

  9. Thanks to Mona and Manko for your feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 7, 2009

  10. Thanks again I’d love to see this man in Concert !

    By Lisa on Mar 7, 2009

  11. Correction: the Aussie shows were in Jan/Feb and already happened. I went to three of them - Adelaide , Hunter Valley and Bowral. All were superb with Paul Kelly opening and the Triffids as well, at two. All in all I saw 7 concerts in oz. Also saw Jeff Beck in Adelaide, Neil Young in Melbourne, Triffids reunion in Melbourne, and David Byrne in Sydney. Lucky country indeed.

    By soldout in San francisco on Mar 8, 2009

  12. This is a fantastic show. Thanks so much!

    By David on Mar 15, 2009

  13. oh i thought that satellite radio was a flop, there are still very few users of satellite radio”,*

    By  Hand Winch on Aug 18, 2010

  14. i am not a fan of Satellite Radio but i guess it would become more popular as years go by`-;

    By Alexis Martin on Oct 5, 2010

  15. No tak! Tylko co z tym dalej?

    By apteke on Apr 22, 2011

  16. What happened to track 05 on New York 2009 and track 05 of the second CD of the Vancouver show?

    By Dave on Jan 21, 2017

  17. Hard to say who’s the most boring: Dylan or Cohen ?

    By Dick HEAD extraordinaire on Jan 22, 2017

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