Leonard Cohen’s ‘Recent Songs’ is his sixth studio album released on September 27, 1979 by Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.The Guests (Leonard Cohen) – 06:40 . 2.Humbled In Love (Leonard Cohen) – 05:15 . 3.The Window (Leonard Cohen) – 05:56 . 4.Came So Far For Beauty (Leonard Cohen, John Lissauer) – 04:04 . 5.The Lost Canadian (Un Canadien Errant) (Traditional, Antoine Gérin-Lajoie) – 04:42 . 6.The Traitor (Leonard Cohen) – 06:16 . 7.Our Lady Of Solitude (Leonard Cohen) – 03:13 . 8.The Gypsy’S Wife (Leonard Cohen) – 05:13 . 9.The Smokey Life (Leonard Cohen) – 05:19 . 10.Ballad Of The Absent Mare (Leonard Cohen) – 06:26
Musicians : Leonard Cohen – Vocals . Charles Beck – Bass . John Bilezikjian – Guitar . Earl Dumler – Oboe . Jim Gilstrap – Vocals . Bill Ginn – Keyboards . Ricardo Gonzalez – Guitar . Garth Hudson – Keyboards . Abraham Laboriel, Sr. – Bass . John Lissauer – Keyboards . Steve Meador – Drums . John Miller – Bass . Paul Ostermayer – Saxophone . Jose Perez – Trumpet . Roger St Kennerly – Vocals . Everado Sandoval – Guitar . Pablo Sandoval – Trumpet . Stephanie Spruill – Vocals . Julia Tillman Waters – Vocals . Randy Waldman – Keyboards . Jennifer Warnes – Vocals . Mitch Watkins – Guitar . Maxine Willard Waters – Vocals
Production : Produced By Leonard Cohen, Henry Lewy . Henry Lewy – Engineer, Mixing . Skip Cottrell – Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Derek Dunann – Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Bernie Grundman – Mastering
Package : Glen Christensen – Art Direction
Recorded April – May 1979 At A&M Studios, Hollywood.
Released On September 27, 1979 By Columbia.
Like all of Leonard Cohen‘s records, Recent Songs is full of cowards: for example, the dissipating, rapidly dissolving couple in “The Smokey Life,” a jazzy duet with drum-brush pacing. […]
There were subtle musical developments, particularly a flavor of the American Southwest, courtesy of the band Passenger, which played on several tracks, but the acoustic guitars and violin recalled classic Cohen. […]
Grampus @ RateYourMusic
On discovering Recent Songs, an album I’d never heard of, I resolved to find it. I can’t recall the details of the search but it took some time and, needless to say, all the effort was certainly not rewarded when I finally stumbled upon it. […]