Leonard Cohen ‎– Songs Of Leonard Cohen

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Columbia ‎– CS 9533
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Tracklist

A1 Suzanne
A2 Master Song
A3 Winter Lady
A4 The Stranger Song
A5 Sisters Of Mercy
B1 So Long, Marianne
B2 Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
B3 Stories Of The Street
B4 Teachers
B5 One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

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Notes

This is the 1st Pressing, 1967. Red "two-eye" "360 Degree Sound" label.
There are no discernable pressing plant indications or Customatrix marks in runouts.

Release comes with a lyric sheet insert

Top right, Columbia logo preceded by:
"Stereo CS 9533"
"Mono CL 2733"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 label): XSM 118903
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 label): XSM 118904
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 stamped variant 1): XSM 11803-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 etched variant 1): XSM 11804-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 stamped variant 2): XSM118903-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 stamped variant 2): XSM118904-1C

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S BPG 63241, 63241, CS 9533 Leonard Cohen Songs Of Leonard Cohen(LP, Album) CBS, CBS, CBS S BPG 63241, 63241, CS 9533 UK 1967 Sell This Version
CS 9533 Leonard Cohen Songs Of Leonard Cohen(LP, Album, RE, Pit) Columbia CS 9533 US 1970 Sell This Version
S 63241 Leonard Cohen Songs Of Leonard Cohen(LP, Album, RE) CBS S 63241 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
88875195611 Leonard Cohen Songs Of Leonard Cohen(LP, Album, RE, 180) Columbia, Sony Music, Legacy 88875195611 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
W16C 0362 Leonard Cohen Songs Of Leonard Cohen(Cass, Album, Dol) Columbia W16C 0362 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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ideasideals

ideasideals

October 5, 2019
leonard cohen---suzanne & hey that's no way to say goodbye 4-44439 45 single- columbia
radio station copy-tell me about it
streetmouse

streetmouse

March 2, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

I’ve wrestled with this album since a girlfriend first brought it by for a listen back in 1967, leaving me as conflicted today as I was then, though after fifty years of struggling, I suppose I’m entitled to my point of view.

Cohen is never clear or even translucent on this collection, everything is gauged, shrouded in mystery, coming in the back door and leaving by the window, creating a dark atmosphere of ambivalence, though that ambivalence actually isn’t ambivalence per say, it’s more that he wishes to tell you a truth, or to instruct without so doing in plain and simple English. These songs are a series of embellishments on some personal truth that I don’t believe ever existed, where so much is married and then divorced by its darker twin … laughter and tears, salvation and destruction, freedom and shelter. Unlike Dylan, due to Cohen’s strict religious upbringing, there is a sense of spirituality in all of these numbers, and while he certainly partook in substances such as LSD, there’s not one song here that comes off with a sense of freedom and vision, simply one series of weighty dilemmas after another, where questions in the form of statements are thrown down, yet not a single answer is given. It’s as if all that Cohen does or expresses, even his drug use, is considered and disciplined … and where’s the fun in that.

It would be easy for me to wave my hands in the air and say, “Leonard Cohen was a seeker, it’s all about discovery.” And to that I’d expect you to shout back that he never actually went anywhere, this is all some sort of sophomoric masturbatory fantasy of sitting in whitewashed chairs on a mildly breezy afternoon at table set with tea and Chinese oranges on a remote nondescript river bank, where these songs play on and out like some heady discussion that goes nowhere, leaving me feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied, where with his deep somber delivery and sparse musical notes even saying something such as, “Do you realize that dog spelled backwards is god? Makes you think doesn’t it?” is taken to be profound. Then he goes on to sip his tea and eat his single treasured orange, leaving me wishing to jump up, spill my tea and say, “No, it doesn’t make me think, considering that hard only hurts my brain and ruins a good pot buzz.”

If Cohen is a seeker, he comes across as very lost to my ears, standing at the junction of Disorientation and Dysphoria, filled with the construct and pleasure of his own insecurities. Yet even this argument is embraced by Mr. Cohen with glee, where with his Jewish heritage, being lost in the wilderness is seen as a precursor to enlightenment. As to the depressive nature of his being, well who wasn’t depressed during the mid 60’s, both Kennedy’s were assassinated, as was Martin Luther King, we had the war in Viet Nam raging, television commercials were coopting everything we held dear, students were being shot on campus, civil rights workers were murdered and honesty, we were realizing that we couldn’t get the truth from nearly anyone for any reason.

The back cover of the album features a Mexican religious picture of the Anima Sola depicted as a woman breaking free of her chains surrounded by flames and gazing towards heaven. Cohen described the image as “the triumph of the spirit over matter. The spirit being that beautiful woman breaking out of the chains, the fire and the prison.” It’s said that Cohen found the picture in a botánica near the Hotel Chelsea in 1965. The album's front cover depicts a sepia tint photo of Cohen credited to Machine. Yet even here in his artwork Cohen shows us what a prisoner he was, as this woman stood in for the personality of Cohen, and then crediting the front image to a persona known as Machine (which of course is a subtle joke, as Machine is actually Mr. Photo Booth).

Cohen’s songs are always delivered very much matter of fact, as if they’re truths we should obviously be well acquainted with, yet they're beyond even sympathy, a forbidden marriage of words and music where neither is what it seems, for to add music to his poetry is to relegate it to background listening, removing all sense of depth and passion. Yes, of course, the first time one hears “Suzanne” one is swept away with visual intoxication, though the music sets that verse in stone, removing all freedom of exploration, as one would have when reading such lines. Again, of course I could say that Cohen singlehandedly began the goth movement, that his enigmatic songs are nether harmonious or melodious, that these songs and verse are filled with an unforgiving melancholia unsuitable for even sunlight, yet alone a cleansing cool breeze. Certainly there’s a cinematic dynamic to his delivery, though it’s all about show and no substance, the very essence of monotony, the shameless picking at wounds, scratching at unresponsive doors, narcotic substances that offer no relief, only the persistent vision of humanity as frail, naked, hungry, delicate and psychically broken.

You’ll receive what you’ll allow yourself to believe from these songs, expect nothing less and very little more.

Review by Jenell Kesler
chazfromtoronto

chazfromtoronto

January 17, 2019
Absolutely one of Cohen's best and a fav of mine. Methinks however that the album should have been titled 'Tony Montana', i mean seriously, look at the cover.
space.gato

space.gato

January 22, 2018

For me this is the best Cohen album or at least equal to Songs From A Room. Every song is amazing, nothing is out of place, it all flows together perfectly. One of maybe 5 albums in my collection I never get tired of..
Dj_Max-It

Dj_Max-It

November 14, 2017
So many comments and ‘reviews’, yet it’s all bullshit.
It’s a good album, regardless of pressings or versions.
Get your priorities straight.
jpmcruiser

jpmcruiser

February 29, 2016
What is the best version of the vinyl to get? I see that there is one remaster but I see it is from a third party label so I don't know if I should trust this or not. Should I go with one of the third party remasters or the 2007 repress (which is said to be 180g on it's page)? Or are all of these inferior to the original pressings, and if so then which of those is objectively the best?