Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker

Label:Columbia – 88985365071, Sony Music – 88985365071
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Ballad


A1You Want It Darker
Arranged By [Choral Arrangement]Adam Cohen, Conor O'Neil, Roï Azoulay
ConductorRoï Azoulay
DrumsRob Humphreys
KeyboardsMichael Chaves
Keyboards [Keyboard Bass]Patrick Leonard
Lyrics ByLeonard Cohen
Music ByPatrick Leonard
ProducerAdam Cohen
BassSean Hurley
Lyrics By, Music ByLeonard Cohen
Producer, Piano, KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
A3On The Level
Backing VocalsDana Glover
Bass, Piano, OrganPatrick Leonard
DrumsBrian MacLeod
Electric GuitarBill Bottrell
Lyrics ByLeonard Cohen
Music BySharon Robinson
ProducerAdam Cohen
A4Leaving The Table
DrumsRob Humphreys
Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel GuitarBill Bottrell
Guitar, Mellotron, Celesta, Keyboards, PianoZac Rae
Lyrics By, Music ByLeonard Cohen
Producer, Guitar [Nylon String]Adam Cohen
A5If I Didn't Have Your Love
Electric GuitarBill Bottrell
Lyrics ByLeonard Cohen
Music ByPatrick Leonard
Producer, Drum Programming, Keyboards [Keys Bass], PianoPatrick Leonard
B6Traveling Light
Backing VocalsAthena Andreadis
BouzoukiTom Hemby
Cello [Cello Bass]Mai Bloomfield
Drum ProgrammingMichael Chaves, Patrick Leonard
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
Lyrics ByLeonard Cohen
Mandolin, Guitar [Nylon String], Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Mellotron, Tom Tom [Floor Tom], Mandola [Octophone]Zac Rae
ProducerAdam Cohen
ViolinDavid Davidson
B7It Seemed The Better Way
Arranged By [Choral Arrangement]Adam Cohen, Conor O'Neil, Jake Smith (19), Roï Azoulay
ConductorRoï Azoulay
Keyboards, Organ [B3], PercussionPatrick Leonard
Lyrics ByLeonard Cohen
Music ByPatrick Leonard
ProducerAdam Cohen
ViolinDavid Davidson
B8Steer Your Way
Acoustic Guitar [Steel String]Bruce Geitsch*
Backing VocalsAlison Kraus*, Dana Glover
DrumsRob Humphreys
Lyrics By, Music ByLeonard Cohen
PercussionPatrick Leonard
Producer, Guitar [Nylon String]Adam Cohen
ViolinDavid Davidson
B9String Reprise / Treaty
CelloYoshika Masuda
Lyrics By, Music ByLeonard Cohen
Producer, Composed By [Strings], Conductor [Strings]Patrick Leonard
Violin [1st]Luanne Homzy
Violin [2nd]Etienne Gara

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Containes printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits
Sticker on the cover "9 Haunting New Songs"
Includes free download code.

Tracks are listed sequentially, regardless of sides.

Mastered at Marcussen Mastering, Los Angeles
Management: Kory & Rice, LLP

Treaty, Leaving The Table, Steer Your Way, String Reprise / Treaty copyright 2016 Old Ideas, LLC (SOCAN)
You Want It Darker, If I Didn’t Have Your Love, It Seemed The Better Way, copyright 2016 Old Ideas, LLC and Two Word Music (BMI)
Traveling Light, copyright 2016 Old Ideas, LLC, Two Word Music, and Like A Man Music, LLC (ASCAP)
On The Level, Copyright 2016 Old Ideas, LLC and Sharon Robinson Songs (ASCAP)

All text, images and photographs
© 2016 by Old Ideas, LLC. All rights reserved.
All rights administered by Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203
All rights reserved. Used by permission

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 89853 65071 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 889853650712
  • Label Code: LC 00162
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Rights Society (Tracks A3, B6): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (Tracks A1, A5, B7): BMI
  • Rights Society (Tracks A2, A4, B8, B9): SOCAN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A etched - variant 1): AL88985365071 26790.1(3) 120540 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B etched - variant 1): BL88985365071 26765.2(3). .120540 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A etched - variant 2): AL88985365071 26790.1(3)... 120540 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B etched - variant 2): BL88985365071 26765.2(3)... 120540 BG

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You Want It Darker (CD, Album, Digipak)Columbia88985365072US2016
You Want It Darker (CD, Album, Digipak)Columbia, Sony Music88985365072Europe2016
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You Want It Darker (CD, Album, Digipak)Columbia, Sony Music88985365072Canada2016
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You Want It Darker (9×File, AAC, Album, 256 kbps)Columbia889853650722016
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You Want It Darker (CD, Album, Digipak)Sony Records Int'lSICP-5076Japan2016
  • Andrewslattery's avatar
    Good lord this sounds good. Silent wax. Leonard's voice cuts through like gravel (in a good way). Sounds like he's playing right in front of you! You can't really argue with anything really. Bernie Grundman mastering, RTI press. It's a win
    • Mayfield_1's avatar
      Edited 10 months ago
      bad pressing - distorted layers in the intro, later tics and imperfections. I say this w bleeding heart: get the CD.
      • ReinerH's avatar
        When I bought it, just after it came out, I could hardly listen to this album, because of its dark mood. Now, with some distance, I can concentrate on the quality of the songs. And there are quite a few strong compositions. Tasteful arrangements, too.

        The sound quality is very good, very transparent, Cohen's voice is close, as several others observed. I was lucky with my pressing, it is quiet and except very few of tiniest little crackles (only audible at higher volume on good equipment), nearly perfect. I don't worry about dirt: after two rounds in my Gläss ultrasonic cleaner any possible dirt is gone.
        • geokarydis's avatar
          Edited one year ago
          My copy is perfect in every way. Perhaps I was lucky...It has good sound with no noise.The dynamics are good.The voice is very deep and all the instruments sound like playing front of you.
          • head_drummer's avatar
            I rate a release, not the music. Nice print, but the quality of pressing is very bad. Hissing in right channel during whole album. Lots of micro-pops. Very noisy mass. Very disappointed with this pressing of an excellent album.
            • zyugnak's avatar
              Don't like the sound quality and also there's noise on the one channel. I'm hearing it, especially with the first two tracks. It can be heard with mostly MC cartridges.
              • hvaladares's avatar
                I think this version is pretty ok… except for the last song, Treaty (Reprise), which came with a horrible mark, looks like somebody dropped tons of dust on it. Tried to clean a thousand times, but to very little effect. And it's also the calmest song on the record. Bummer.
                • thesoundofplastic's avatar
                  Pressing Quality of this edition is lot to be desired. Especially Side B of my copy suffers from non-fills on various points.
                  But the Sound Quality is out of this world. Cohen's voice goes deeper down as much as it could. it feels like he's singing right in front of me. His voice is so real and has a soul on this recordings. This vinyl edition delivers what it has without fails. Overall soundstage is big enough and all the instruments have their own presence.
                  BG has done a great job on this. Other than the great swan songs he left, this is the album I frequently revisit and play whenever I needed to check my system setup, especially for the low end.
                  I don't understand how other people complain on the sound quality. probably confused sound quality with pressing quality?
                  • grooveReducshun's avatar
                    Definitely not a pressing that does not live up to his last few albums which were spot on with mastering , this one just doesn’t have any impact. 5/10 I’d avoid .
                    • voltaires.monkey's avatar
                      I love this extraordinarily subtle and characteristically soulful album, but have just returned my second copy because of the issues mentioned in other reviews: i.e. dirt, B-side hiss, warping, etc. I will give it another try soon, as it seems at least some others have managed to score perfect copies, but I do wish I didn't need to go to so much trouble in order to purchase a relatively recent LP. :-(



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