Is This Leonard Cohen’s Most Beautiful Performance Of So Long, Marianne? Montreux 1976

Must-Hear 1976 Version Of So Long, Marianne

Leonard Cohen’s performance of So Long, Marianne at the June 25, 1976 Montreux concert is indeed considered by many fans to be the epitome of its class. And, although I personally prefer the more dramatic 1993 Oslo rendition, it is impossible not to recognize the beauty of this carefully measured and modulated version.

This pristine (audio only) recording includes a snippet of stage banter after the song.

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Montreux: June 25, 1976
Video from aka Ruth Stimson.

 

The backup singers for the 1976 tour were Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes; band members were Johnny Miller (bass), Luther Rix (drums), Sid Mc Guinniss (guitars), and Fred Thaler (keyboards).1

Graphic atop post is from the 1976 Leonard Cohen European Tour Book, contributed by Dominique BOILE.

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 July 2, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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  1. “Is This What You Wanted?” by Jim Devlin. 1997 []

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