Leonard Cohen
Thanks For The Dance

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2019 EU issue on 180g LP =Final Leonard Cohen Studio Album Completed by His Son to Fulfill His Father's Wishes: Thanks for the Dance Vinyl LP Features Members of The National and Arcade Fire

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Release date: 04-12-2019

2019 EU reissue on 180g audiophile vinyl LP =Final Leonard Cohen Studio Album Completed by His Son to Fulfill His Father's Wishes: Thanks for the Dance Vinyl LP Features Members of The National and Arcade Fire.

Tracks:

A1 Happens To The Heart
A2 Moving On
A3 The Night Of Santiago
A4 Thanks For The Dance
B1 It's Torn
B2 The Goal
B3 Puppets
B4 The Hills
B5 Listen To The Hummingbird

At the end, the last dance is truly saved for Leonard Cohen. Before he passed away in 2016, the man with the golden voice asked his son, Adam, to bring to fruition an album the singer had mostly completed. Fulfilling his father's wishes, the younger Cohen recruited members of the National and Arcade Fire, along with various orchestras and choirs, to finish the poet's final work. Produced by Adam, and engineered and mixed by Michael Chaves, Thanks for the Dance is not a commemorative collection of B sides and outtakes, but an unexpected harvest of nine new songs: exciting and vital, a continuation of the Cohen's legacy.


This remarkable new album was made in many places. Javier Mas, the great Spanish laud player who accompanied Leonard on stage for the last eight years of touring, flew from Barcelona to Los Angeles to capture the artist's spirit on Leonard's own guitar. In Berlin, at a musical event called People Festival, Adam invited friends and comrades to lend their ears and talents. Damien Rice and Leslie Feist sang. Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire played bass. Bryce Dessner of The National played guitar, the composer Dustin O'Halloran played piano. The Berlin-based choir Cantus Domus sang, and the s t a r g a z e orchestra played.
In Montreal the famed producer Daniel Lanois dropped in, beautifully enriching sparse arrangements. The Shaar Hashomayim choir, who played such important part of the sound of the last album, contributed to a song, and Patrick Watson brought his inimitable talent as co-producer to a song. Back in Los Angeles Jennifer Warnes, one of the keepers of Leonard's flame, sang background vocals, and Beck contributed on guitar and Jew's harp. Michael Chaves, who elegantly recorded and mixed You Want It Darker, did the engineering and mixing.


And so was born Thanks For The Dance, a brand new Leonard Cohen album that uncannily recalls the essence of his sound. "In composing and arranging the music for his words, we chose his most characteristic musical signatures, in this way keeping him with us," said Adam. "What moves me most about the album is the startled response of those who have heard it. ‘Leonard lives'! they say, one after the other." Thanks for the Dance is an unexpected blessing, a gift of beauty and strength. Leonard Cohen's voice has not been stilled. The dance goes on.

Tracks:
A1. In My Secret Life
A2. A Thousand Kisses Deep
A3. That Don't Make It Junk
A4. Here It Is
A5. Love Itself     

B1. By The Rivers Dark
B2. Alexandra Leaving
B3. You Have Loved Enough
B4. Boogie Street
B5. The Land Of Plenty

During the 9 years prior to the release of Ten New Songs (2001) the legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen spent most of his time in a Zen monastery, obsessively rewriting and polishing the lyrics for this austere collection. Ten New Songs is arguably Sharon Robinson's record as much as Cohen's as she co-wrote all the songs, plays most of the instruments and accompanies Cohen's gloomy croak with her own crooning.

This is the most subdued album Cohen's ever made. It's as if he no longer has time for anything in music or performance that could alter the meaning and force of his words. Various artists have covered Cohen's songs off this album; Eric Burdon and Katie Melua both covered "My Secret Life" for their own albums, Jonathan Richman covered "Here It Is".

Ten New Songs was the first Cohen album to be recorded and produced digitally, now enjoyable again on 180 gram vinyl.

Allmusic:
 "I'm back on Boogie Street," declares Leonard Cohen on two different songs in this collection, titled with characteristic understatement Ten New Songs. (Previous album titles have included Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, and Recent Songs.) More poet than musician, Cohen has, since his early albums, tended to rely on collaborations with musicians to put together his music: John Lissauer on 1974's New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Henry Lewy on 1979's Recent Songs, and, notoriously, Phil Spector on 1977's Death of a Ladies' Man. On Ten New Songs, his partner is former backup singer Sharon Robinson, who co-wrote "Everybody Knows" on 1988's I'm Your Man and earns co-writing credit on all the material here. She has also conjured the musical backgrounds ("All tracks arranged, programmed, and performed by Sharon Robinson," reads the credit), and she harmonizes with Cohen throughout. But all collaborators (even Spector) are in the service of Cohen's poetic vision, which remains the dominant element on this elegiac set. After a restatement of purpose on "In My Secret Life," he turns in a moody set of reflections on decline, even alluding to fellow poet Robert Frost's famous "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" in "A Thousand Kisses Deep": "And maybe I had miles to drive/And promises to keep/You ditch it all to stay alive/A thousand kisses deep." The songs are full of leave-taking, with titles like "Alexandra Leaving" and "You Have Loved Enough" accurately describing the tone, concluding with the prayer-like valedictory "The Land of Plenty," which gently remonstrates with the consumer society the poet has always engaged and rejected: "May the lights in the land of plenty/Shine on the truth some day." Even in the quietude of Cohen's catalog, the result seems like a coda.

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Music On Vinyl
Originally released: 2001
This release: 2009
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