Leonard Cohen’s ‘Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979’ is a live album recorded (partly) on December 4, 1979 in London and released in 2001 by Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.Field Commander Cohen (Leonard Cohen) – 04:25 . 2.The Window (Leonard Cohen) – 05:51 . 3.The Smokey Life (Leonard Cohen) – 05:34 . 4.The Gypsy’S Wife (Leonard Cohen) – 05:20 . 5.Lover Lover Lover (Leonard Cohen) – 06:31 . 6.Hey, That’S No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen) – 04:04 . 7.The Stranger Song (Leonard Cohen) – 04:55 . 8.The Guests (Leonard Cohen) – 06:05 . 9.Memories (Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector) – 04:38 . 10.Why Don’T You Try (Leonard Cohen) – 03:43 . 11.Bird On The Wire (Leonard Cohen) – 05:10 . 12.So Long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen) – 06:44
Musicians : Roscoe Beck – Bass . John Bilezikjian – Mandolin, Oud Solo On (5) . Bill Ginn – Keyboards . Raffi Hakopian – Violin Solko On (2 – 4 – 6 – 8) . Steve Meador – Drums . Paul Ostermayer – Flute, Saxophone Solo On (9 – 10) . Sharon Robinson – Vocals On (10) . Jennifer Warnes – Vocals On (3) . Mitch Watkins – Guitar (Electric) On (11)
Production : Produced By Leanne Ungar . Koji Egawa – Engineer . Robert Hadley – Engineer . Henry Lewy – Engineer . Fredrik Sarhagen – Engineer . Doug Sax – Mastering . Bill Schnee – Mixing . Leanne Ungar – Engineer
Package : Nancy Donald – Art Direction . Hazel Field – Cover Photo, Photography
Recorded On December 4, 5, 6, 1979 At The Hammersmith Odeon, London And December 15, 1979 At The Dome Theatre, Brighton.
Released On February 20, 2001 By .
And as for his storied gloominess, this release bears subtle traces of the kind of knowing self-mockery and irony that have always been present in his work. After all, a man who can refer to himself as “grocer of despair” with a straight face, as Cohen does in the title track, clearly has a sense of humor. […]
While it falls short of the stark emotional force of Songs of Leonard Cohen or Songs of Love and Hate, Field Commander Cohen makes clear that Cohen writes songs, not literature accompanied by incidental musicand here these 12 songs possess a passionate, aching beauty that’s a wonder to behold; this is easily the best Leonard Cohen live recording to emerge to date. […]
Cohen also performs with a backup singer, Jennifer Warnes, who in “The Smokey Life” and “The Gypsy’s Wife” represents another sensuous and intelligent reason why Field Commander Cohen is so elaboratelyand yet simply, awesome. […]