“The Other Leonard Cohen Album” Named To UNCUT’s 50 Greatest Bootlegs

We’re #24, We’re #24, We’re #24…

Yep, DrHGuy has been whipped into a self-congratulatory frenzy by the news that “The 50 Greatest Bootlegs,” UNCUT magazine’s1 cover story, lists The Other Leonard Cohen Album, the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric compilation of unpublished Leonard Cohen songs, at #24.

In Jan 2010, when The Other Leonard Cohen Album was first offered, fans had awaited a new album of Leonard’s songs since Dear Heather was released in 2004. But, Leonard was then a busy fellow, what with the Perpetual World Tour and all, and he has always been a perfectionist. DrHGuy, on the other hand, had no responsibility for a World Tour and, as anyone who has read this blog knows, is certainly no perfectionist. Consequently, he once again stepped in to lift a bit of the burden from the fashionably clad shoulders of the heroic but harried singer-songwriter icon.

Just as DrHGuy has routinely constructed images of Leonard Cohen performing various activities (see image on right) rather than inconveniencing the Master Of Erotic Despair2 with the time-consuming formalities of first affirmatively responding to a request that he pose for such photos and then actually fulfilling such assignments, DrHGuy constructed The Other Songs Of Leonard Cohen (aka The Other Leonard Cohen Album), a collection of hitherto unreleased Cohen songs,3 rather than nag the Jeremiah Of Tin Pan Alley4 to complete a new album.

“Best Of Other Concert Bootlegs,” “New Songs,” “Disco Take,” “Enjoyably Incongruous Covers” …

This copy of the magazine’s actual review of the Cohen compilation is mostly on track – hardly a surprise since they appear based on the original writeup of the project at The Other Leonard Cohen Album post. The idea, however, that the album was motivated by “the dearth of new studio material” is – well, it was a convenient story DrHGuy invented as an ostensibly humorous riff on the perpetually forthcoming Leonard Cohen album that was then four years in the making. The real reason for the collection of unreleased Cohen songs? It seemed like a good idea at the time.

On the positive side, there are now two publications, Heck Of A Guy and Uncut, that use the term “disco” to describe the 1976 version of Leonard Cohen’s “Do I Have To Dance All Night.”

True, DrHGuy is a tad miffed that this site wasn’t credited for putting together and offering The Other Leonard Cohen Album, but it has long been apparent that those of us laboring in the vineyards of the master do so at our own risk.

Uncut’s 50 Greatest Bootlegs Review Of The Other Leonard Cohen Album

The Full List – 50 Greatest Bootlegs From Uncut

“The Other Leonard Cohen Album” fits quite comfortably, thank you, just below 23. Van Morrison – Van The Man and just above 25. Blur – Parklife Deluxe Bootleg.

Uncut’s 50 Greatest Bootlegs

50. The Troggs – The Troggs Tapes
49. Paul McCartney & Wings – The Nashville Sessions
48. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – Live And Obscure
47. David Bowie – Toy
46. Buffalo Springfield – California Daze
45. Aztec Camera – Manchester Live Tape
44. Joe Strummer – When Pigs Fly
43. The La’s – The Kitchen Tape
42. Adam & The Ants – Madamstan
41. James Brown With Sly & Robbie – The Nassau Sessions
40. John Lennon And Paul McCartney – A Toot And A Snore In ’74
39. The Byrds – Tambourines & 12-Strings
38. The Smiths – Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals
37. Elvis Presley – Desert Storm
36. Keith Richards – Toronto Session/”I Got The Blues”
35. Jimi Hendrix/Traffic – A Session
34. PJ Harvey – Jungle Queen
33. The Soft Boys – The Day They Ate Brick
32. Arcade Fire – Demo 2001
31. Richard & Linda Thompson – Rafferty’s Folly
30. The White Stripes – The Legendary Lost Tapes
29. Elvis Costello – Our Aim Is True
28. Nico, John Cale & Brian Eno – Berline, Neue Nationalgalerie
27. The Who – Obscure And Oblique
26. The Cramps – The Ohio Demos 1979
25. Blur – Parklife Deluxe Bootleg
24. Leonard Cohen – The Other Leonard Cohen Album Vols 1 & 2
23. Van Morrison – Van The Man
22. New Order – Western Works
21. Steely Dan – The Last Gaucho
20. R.E.M. – The Elliot Mazer Demos
19. The Beatles – From Kinfauns To Chaos
18. Nirvana – In Utero (Steve Albini Mix)
17. Syd Barrett – Magnesium Proverbs
16. Television – Double Exposure
15. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos/Outtakes: YHF Engineer Demos
14. Kraftwerk – K4
13. Captain Beefheart – Hoboism
12. Kate Bush – The Cathy Demos
11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Call Of The Cavemen
10. Roxy Music – When We Were Young
09. Bruce Springsteen – The Ties That Bind
08. Led Zeppelin – The Lost Sessions
07. The Velvet Underground – Live At The Gymnasium
06. The Clash – Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg
05. Little Feat – Electrif Lycanthrope
04. The Rolling Stones – Place Pigalle
03. Neil Young – Chrome Dreams (Rust Edition)
02. Bob Dylan & The Band – A Tree Without Roots
01. The Beach Boys – Smile

The Other Leonard Cohen Album

 

Tracklist: The Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 1

  1. Feels So Good (The Other Blues Song): Live, Durham, NC (11/3/2009)
  2. Book Of Longing: KCRW (June 24, 2006)
  3. The Darkness: Live, Las Vegas (11/12/2009)
  4. Puppets: KCRW (June 24, 2006)
  5. Do I Have to Dance All Night: Live, Amsterdam (1980)
  6. Blues By The Jews: L Cohen Rare Songs (Live 1979)

Tracklist: The Other Leonard Cohen Album, Vol 2

  1. Red River Valley: Cohen Rare Live Songs (1976-88)
  2. Never Got To Love You (Duet with Anjani): Live, Program Trzeci Polskiego Radia (3/31/2007)
  3. Can’t Help Falling In Lover: Rare Live Songs II
  4. Ride Around: L Cohen Rare Songs (Live, 1979)
  5. The Union Makes Us Strong: Rare Songs, Live: England (1979)
  6. We Shall Not Be Moved: Live: Israel (1972)
  7. To Love Somebody: Eppelheim 1980
  8. The Hypnotist: Blossoms Of Heaven, Ashes Of Hell – Zurich Disc 2 (5/21/1993)
  9. Chelsea Hotel #1: Live, Israel (1972)
  10. There’s No Reason Why You Should Remember Me:  Complete BBC 2 Broadcast (1968)
  11. Streets Of Laredo: Rare Songs, Live -England (1979)
  12. Do I Have To Dance All Night: Do I Have To Dance All Night (single 1976)

Cover Art For The Other Leonard Cohen Album

The album art is, of course, based on Leonard Cohen’s first album, Songs Of Leonard Cohen.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Oct 11, 2011.

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  1. Issue 174 November 2011 []
  2. “Master Of Erotic Despair” is one of Leonard’s nicknames. See Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames []
  3. The sole exception is the 1976 version of “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” which was released as a 45 rpm single marketed only in Europe. []
  4. Yep, “Jeremiah Of Tin Pan Alley” is another nickname. See Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames []

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