October 3, 2010 – 4:01 am

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Germany 2010 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Bowling Green, Wiesbaden, Germany, September 3, 2010. Very good-excellent audience recording.

Leonard Cohen isn’t the kind of performer to get the audience stomping on their feet. His contemplative song-poems are best appreciated in the quiet of the night and this very good to excellent audience recording really brings out the beauty in Cohen’s songs. One can imagine the wry smile on Cohen’s face as he sings, “I was born with the gift of a golden voice”, to which the audience cheerfully applauds. As this recording highlights, Cohen’s voice is gravelly though not as sand-blasted as Dylan’s.

Cohen’s fans will agree, his poetry will bring out the poet in his audience. As Wolfgang Dreikorn posted at main-netz.de (by way of Google Translate): “It is one of those rare moments in the concert scene - where the physical distance between the poet from Montreal and his audience dissolves into a cozy togetherness, the soothing melancholy capturing his unique voice… and the setting sun at the start of concert melting even the most hardened…

“The concert on Friday night makes it clear: There are two Leonard Cohens. On one side is the dark poet, who draws a nightmare scenario of things to come - as on The Future. On the other side, we enjoy the fun-loving musicians and singers, which leaves open in its mini-dramas a loophole… whose cracks appear light (as on Anthem)… It’s a show and it’s being honest. Again and again Cohen appears humble before his audience - he gets on his knees and pulls his hat. And for such gestures the fans love him.”

And here’s to a relaxed Leonard Cohen on stage with his wry humour intact.

Thanks to LTB for taping the show and to banalny for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

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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Set One:
Track 01. Dance Me to the End of Love (9.6MB)
Track 02. The Future (12.8MB)
Track 03. Ain’t No Cure for Love (8.7MB)
Track 04. Bird on the Wire (11.6MB)
Track 05. Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson) (9.5MB)
Track 06. In My Secret Life (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson) (8.2MB)
Track 07. Who by Fire (15.9MB)
Track 08. The Darkness (10.1MB)
Track 09. Born in Chains (12.3MB)
Track 10. Chelsea Hotel #2 (7.7MB)
Track 11. Waiting for the Miracle (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson) (14.0MB)
Track 12. Anthem (19.0MB)

Set Two:
Track 13. Tower of Song (9.6MB)
Track 14. Suzanne (7.6MB)
Track 15. Sisters of Mercy (8.6MB)
Track 16. The Gypsy’s Wife (10.7MB)
Track 17. Feels So Good (12.6MB)
Track 18. The Partisan (Anna Marly/Emmanuel d’Astier de la Vigerie/Hy Zaret) (9.5MB)
Track 19. Boogie Street (Leonard Cohen/Sharon Robinson) (10.3MB)
Track 20. Hallelujah (11.9MB)
Track 21. I’m Your Man (9.9MB)
Track 22. Take This Waltz (Leonard Cohen after Federico Garcia Lorca) (15.9MB)
Encore #1:
Track 23. So Long, Marianne (8.1MB)
Track 24. First We Take Manhattan (11.6MB)
Encore #2:
Track 25. Famous Blue Raincoat (9.8MB)
Track 26. If It Be Your Will (9.0MB)
Track 27. Closing Time (12.0MB)
Encore #3:
Track 28. I Tried to Leave You (14.5MB)
Track 29. Heart with no Companion (10.2MB)

The complete show is 196 minutes. Readers can decide on side breaks if they wish to burn the show as audio CDs.

Leonard Cohen - vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboard
Javier Mas - bandurria, laud, archilaud, 12-string guitar, electric guitar
Dino Soldo - keyboard, saxophone, wind instruments, dobro, background vocals, acoustic guitar
Bob Metzger - guitar, steel guitar, background vocals
Rafael Bernardo Gayol - drums, percussion
Neil Larsen - keyboards, Hammond B3, accordion
Sharon Robinson - vocals, shaker
Charley Webb - vocals, acoustic guitar
Hattie Webb - vocals, harp
Roscoe Beck - bass, double bass, background vocals

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

  2. This is great, shame about the idiots in the audience, near the taper, who insist on chatting throughout. Why do people like that go to gigs?

    By grumgjv on Oct 4, 2010

  3. thank you so much for this show - and thanks to the universe for an inspiration like this man - thoroughly enjoyed his sorrowful/joyful performance in durham nc last year and couldn’t help but hope that i could be so happy and nimble when i’m in my 70’s.

    and how many musicians that are not even half his age put on shows lasting 3 hours or more?

    By spin0rama on Oct 4, 2010

  4. As a taper I find that 98% of shows that I tape , especially casino shows, the audience chit chats during the show. Most people that go to concerts have lost all concert etiquette and think they are in their homes watching a movie.

    By Louis Torro on Oct 5, 2010

  5. First time I saw LC was in 1970.Can’t hardly believe that myself: 40 yrs ago.

    All the best from this overaged hippy

    Rijn B

    By Rijn on Oct 7, 2010

  6. http://myblogtoo2.blogspot.com/2010/10/leonard-cohen-live-at-isle-of-wight.html

    Yes I was there too.


    By Rijn on Oct 7, 2010

  7. RE; Audience etiquette
    I’ve already greased the usher at the Nassau Colliseum to sit in the Penalty Box just to escape the chit chat and whooos at a Clapton show. Cost me an extra $40.00 but well worth it. It’s like people don’t get out of the house enough or it’s the beers. It’s a real drag.

    By David on Oct 13, 2010

  8. eieiei, you guys made my day - - mille grazie. In spite of just 15kms away I couldn´t participate in the concert . . . I know this great man since his 1st LP in 1967 - nearly all my life he´s accompanying with his wonderful music and spirit.

    and like spinOrama mentioned, a three hour concert with this energy - fantastic

    mayy our days be sunny : Herr Ärmel

    By Herr Ärmel on Oct 22, 2010

  9. Thanks so much to the source, I love this for the 3 new songs!…. great recording…

    By rob on Oct 30, 2010

  10. any chance tracks… 12, 22 and 28 could be reUP’d?
    they appear to be corrupted.

    Thanx for the great site!

    By TJO on Nov 21, 2014

  11. same question as TJO: tracks 12, 22 and 28 still give the ‘404 Not Found’ message, so to complete this show any chance they could be reUP’d?

    By elke on Jan 20, 2015

  12. Thanks BigO for completing this show!!!

    By elke on Mar 11, 2015

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