Listen To Complete 1974 Leonard Cohen Bottom Line Show


This excerpt from Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy: March 1975) describes one of Leonard Cohen’s Bottom Line shows (not the Nov 30, 1974 concert):

It was standing room only. There was a line of people a city-block long, huddling against the side of the building, fooling with broken umbrellas, waiting for a chance to buy tickets to get into the second show.

The crowd inside was terrific. So was Leonard and his group of musicians. The new stuff, arranged by Leonard’s new producer and piano-player (“John Lissauer is fantastic, people are going to know about him way beyond the contribution he makes to my scene”), is the best stuff musically that Cohen has ever done. Lyrically, it doesn’t measure up to the astonishing, penetrating cleverness and word-trickiness of Cohen’s earliest songs, but it appeals to me on a different level–the maturity of the vision, the appropriateness of the imagery and irony for our newly non-apocalyptic (but still struggle-filled) lives.

Also see Leonard Cohen Plays The Bottom Line, 1974 – Judy Collins & Janis Ian Visit

The musicians at this gig were Leonard Cohen (vocals, acoustic guitar, hand whistle), Emily Bindinger (vocals), Erin Dickens (vocals), John Lissauer (keyboards, saxophone, woodwinds), Jeff Layton (banjo, guitars, mandolin, strings), and John Miller (bass, electric bass)


1.Bird On The Wire
2.So Long Marianne
3.Love Calls You By Your Name
4.There Is a War
5.Who By Fire
6.Lady Midnight
7.Chelsea Hotel
8.Hey That No Way To Say Goodbye
9.Diamonds IN The Mine
10.Seems So Long Ago Nancy
11.Border Song
12.You Know Who I Am
13.Story Of Isaac
14.Tonight Will Be Fine
15.Famous Blue Raincoat
16.I Tried To Leave You
17.Sisters Of Mercy
18.Lover Lover Lover
19.Take This Longing
21.Is This What You Wanted
22.Passing Through
23.The Butcher
24.Bird On The Wire

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted June 11, 2017.

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